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Avure HPP Machine Maintenance Guru, David Rogers

For Avure Field Service Engineer David Rogers travelling the world is nothing new. Growing up in a military family, David lived all over the world. And now, as a Field Service Engineer for Avure, he continues to globetrot, helping Avure customers across the planet get the most out of their Avure equipment. Preventative Maintenance has become David’s mantra over the course of his travels and long career. “When you’re dealing with machines that generate 87,000 psi, there’s lots of stress placed on the equipment,” David said. “By rigorously following the scheduled maintenance plan we provide, you not only keep breakdowns from happening but keep the machine performing in great condition, resulting in better throughput and a more robust bottom line. The life cycle of the machine is directly impacted by the willingness and ability to do the routine maintenance.” David is a big proponent of Avure’s SURE Program. The System Uptime Review and Evaluation sends a Field Service Engineer to your site who inspects your HPP machines and makes recommended adjustments and improvements to keep your equipment running optimally. Recently, while inspecting a machine as part of the SURE program, David noticed an irregular vibration. He knew that particular sound was indicative of a problem that could lead to premature failure, which would have resulted in significant downtime of the machine. He fixed the machine that week, fine-tuning to peak performance again. “When I visit Avure customers, I have the attitude that I’ll do everything in my power to make sure their machine is performing the best it can,” David said. “I’m helping them run their HPP machines at the lowest cost with the highest reliability--It’s win-win for everyone.”
Here are a couple of easy preventative maintenance tidbits from David:
  • Always make sure your dehumidifier filters are clean. If the filters are clogged, the excess humidity can put extra wear and tear on your machine.
  • Check alignments and make sure seals are seating properly. This can dramatically affect their lifetime.

HPP Goes Mainstream In Canada

Health Canada, the Canadian government department responsible for public health, recently removed HPP from the “Novel Food” category for most applications. A “Novel Food” designation required each type of food or beverage that uses HPP be individually approved. This move drastically cuts down on the approval process, saving food producers time, money and effort as they enter the ever-expanding HPP marketplace. Natur+L XTD, a Canadian HPP tolling company has been working closely with the Health Canada food specialists for the last four years to achieve this milestone. "For XTD/HPP, this is an historic moment as the potential application of this technology on most foods will result in major savings at every level, from the food producer to the consumer" said Stéphane Carrier, President and CEO of Natur+L XTD. Great news for both consumers and food producers! Prepare to see even more HPP goodies showing up from the Great White North. Bon Appetit

Package Design? Think Minimal.

Walk through the aisle of any grocery store, and you’ll see shoppers plucking products from the shelves, flipping them over and peering at the back. They’re looking for clean labels--short ingredient lists without all the additives. The kind of ingredient list that HPP makes possible. But how do you get savvy shoppers to grab your product from the shelf in order to read the ingredient list? One answer that’s trending now is clean package design. This minimalist approach can be a big clue to consumers that a product has the short ingredient list they’re searching for. And that means a package should be clean, uncluttered, and devoid of anything unnecessary. Many companies are redesigning packages to shed any design element that isn’t crucial to what’s inside the package. Anything superfluous that might distract from the product gets the axe. So if you want to tempt shoppers to check out your clean label, consider a package design that’s just as clean.

Good bugs that feast on plastic

Plastic bottles are everywhere. We drink our sodas, our water and our smoothies from them. They hold our detergent, our body wash and our shampoo. Millions and millions of tons of these PET (polyethylene terephthalate) containers are produced every year. Some are recycled. Most end up in landfills, the ocean or on the side of the road. All these plastic bottles present a potential problem for us, but, perhaps, a potential feast for a new bacterium discovered by a team of scientists from the Kyoto Institute of Technology. Taking samples from outside a recycling plant, the team found a bacterium that was making a meal out of PET as its energy and carbon source. Dubbed Ideonella sakaiensis, this little bug was able to break the plastic down into terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. The scientists were able to successfully recreate the bacterium in the lab and study them as they fed on PET, breaking it down in just a few weeks. These little guys may be real environmental heroes and represent the future of recycling. You can check out the research in the journal Science.

Large Marge Snuggles Up To Texas Toller

If you’re going to operate an HPP Tolling Business in Texas, you better come with Texas-sized ideas and Texas-sized enthusiasm. The folks at Texas Food Solutions have both. That’s why they installed the largest capacity HPP machine you can find, an Avure AV60. They named her Large Marge. Jasmine Sutherland, President of Texas Foods and Eric Sinnin, Director of Food Safety, had seen other HPP facilities that seemed crowded, something they wanted to avoid. So when they designed their new facility, food safety
The result is a clean and clear production floor that is the model for food safety.
and process management drove every consideration. Only the vessel of the HPP machine is located on the production floor. All the pumps and water systems are up on a custom-built mezzanine. No problem for an Avure HPP machine, which can be configured to fit almost any need. The result is a clean and clear production floor that is the model for food safety. “Food safety is always our first priority,” Jasmine likes to say. Jasmine has some Texas-sized ideas for the future as well. “We have a test kitchen on site too with a range of cooking and packaging equipment, and we’re adding a co-packing facility. We want to be the one-stop shop for anyone looking to bring an HPP product to market.” “One of our customers, Malk Organics, won a BevNet award for their HPP’d nut milks,” Jasmine continues, “so we’re really excited about the companies we partner with and their products. This is a wonderful time to be in the HPP market.”

Is Baby Food the Next Big HPP Category?

Consumers are looking for cleaner labels on all the food they buy, so, of course, they’d like a baby food label that doesn’t sport chemical additives and preservatives. High pressure processing (HPP) is the ticket to getting fresh, non-preservative-laden baby food into the grocery stores. Already brands like Once Upon A Farm and Pure Spoon are being sought out by discerning moms and dads, looking to provide their kids with the healthiest diet they can find. And while it may cost a little more than traditional baby food, any parent will tell you they’re willing to spend more on their kids than themselves. Current producers of fresh baby food are elbowing for space in the existing refrigerated sections of grocery stores, but we predict you‘ll soon see separate coolers full of HPP’d goodness in the baby food aisle. Be warned: it may still be tough to get your little one to eat the green beans.
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