Bühler Aeroglide, Big Heart Pet Brands team up on webinar

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, will help introduce One Voice, a new approach to equipment innovation and hygienic equipment design for the food and feed industry. A free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at noon, EDT. Go here to register.

Buhler Aeroglide’s food safety manager Steve Blackowiak and Randy Cotton, senior project engineer with Big Heart Pet Brands, will discuss collaboration and how original equipment manufacturers and consumer packaged goods companies can achieve results by adopting new guidelines that offer a uniform approach to non-proprietary sanitary equipment designs meeting a base food safety requirement for the manufacture of low-moisture foods.

“Food processors and equipment suppliers all want to ensure that food and feed is processed safely,” said Blackowiak. “We’ve agreed there are three design levels that address critical components of hygienic equipment design and we are working with our suppliers and the industry to acknowledge these as standards. We want to help everyone be One Voice ready as we all work together to improve food safety.”

The webinar is part of the Ask the Expert series facilitated by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s (PMMI) Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE). The AIOE was founded in 2011 to improve the performance of CPG manufacturers and their suppliers by developing non-proprietary solutions to common production operations challenges. A solutions group comprised of more than 100 CPG companies and more than 30 OEMs identified the most pressing needs, with particular consideration to manufacturing, sustainability, product safety, total cost of ownership, workforce development, packaging management and operational liability. Buhler Aeroglide and Big Heart Pet were two participants in this solutions group. A free copy of One Voice for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Food can be downloaded here.

Blackowiak’s discussion will be based on Buhler Aeroglide’s own collaborations, including work related to the soon-to-be-announced next generation petfood dryer. He will explain how established collaboration parameters can be used to assess risks related to low-moisture foods, cleaning methods for wet and dry, as well as the surface type for both food contact and non-food contact areas.

Recent work by Buhler Aeroglide’s Food Safety Team and the development of the revolutionary RTE Ceres dryer innovation shows how the best practices developed in the AIOE collaboration can be integrated.

“Industry collaborations led our team to recognize and address cleanability needs that helped us improve hygienic machinery design without increasing production costs,” said Blackowiak. “The evolution of the Ceres demonstrates how important the collaborative, industry best practices identified in the AIOE work products can be.”

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