Tips for cleaning and sanitizing pneumatic conveying lines

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Pneumatic conveying is an effective form of moving dry materials in the pet food industry and other food markets. However, the long lengths of conveying pipe present a challenge when it comes to addressing cleanliness and sanitation. While the closed nature of pneumatic conveying systems protects material from outside contamination, like debris, insects, etc., it is difficult to identify and protect against internal forms of contamination.

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How human food processing trends carry over into pet food

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As pets have become true family members, with their “parents” seeking to feed them similarly to how they feed themselves, human food trends have played a significant role in pet food product development and marketing strategy. Likewise, concerns that consumers have about their own food are carrying over into their pets’ diets, too.

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Pet food palatant coating process

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Before the palatant coating process is covered, it may be best to understand why it is required for pet food. Since a pet's natural diet involves meat proteins, they prefer their food to have meat flavor. Pet food palatant, sometimes referred to as "digest" because they are made with proteins that are enzymatically broken down, adds flavor enhancement to make kibble more enticing to pets so they readily consume the dry pet food that has been carefully formulated for optimal nutrition.

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2 scientific techniques for dog food palatability testers

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The pet food industry may benefit from scientists’ growing understanding of how dogs’ minds work. For example, Brian Hare, PhD, associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University Duke University and founder of Dognition, believes the testing methods that he and other scientists use in their own research on canine cognition could be adapted to dog food palatability testing.

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Mass flow meters measure flow rates the gravimetric way

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What makes a good flow meter? Accuracy and reliability, of course. However, depending on your application, other factors can come into play, too. These include the meter's ability to handle a variety of material and flow conditions, as well as its mechanical simplicity, space requirements and captial and operating costs.

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