SnaxPo Monday Go Pro Winners Puff in Savannah!

Monday’s “Guess the Moisture” SnaxPo contest for Cheese Puffs resulted in “Klein” of a tie when the puffs moisture was revealed at 3:30 p.m. to be 1.95%.  Guesses ranged from 0.8 to 3.6% moisture.

Winners were determined using our At-line NIR Moisture Analyzer, the MCT466-QuikCheck

The MCT466-QuikCheck measures moisture and oil/fat levels in seconds and is routinely used on potato chips, tortilla chips, extruded snacks, popcorn and other snack foods.

Both Mike Klein of Axium Foods (1.91) and James Klein (pictured below) of Erie Foods (1.99) came within 0.05% of actual moisture to win Go Pro Heroes from Process Sensors Corp.  No relation between the winners that we know of!

 Please be sure to visit us at Booth #401 today!

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SnaxPo Go Pro Winner Sunday in Savannah!

Sunday started off the SnaxPo in Savannah with good traffic and an opportunity to meet new and old friends.  Our daily “Guess the Moisture” of chips to be analyzed at 3:30 yesterday during SnaxPo ranged from 1 to 7.6%.

Winners were determined using our At-line NIR Moisture Analyzer, the MCT466-QuikCheck

The MCT466-QuikCheck measures moisture and oil/fat levels in seconds and is routinely used on potato chips, tortilla chips, extruded snacks, popcorn and other snack foods.

Congratulations to Mr. Jorn Remmem of

Old Dutch Foods with a

winning guess of 1.62% moisture!

Be sure to visit our Booth #401 to enter today’s contest for a new Go Pro Hero! 

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Process Sensors Announces New Southwest and Mexico Manager

Shawn Smith joined the Process Sensors Corporation Team in February 2017, and will be managing current and prospective moisture, oil/fat and coating analyzer application projects in the US Southwest territory and Mexico. Shawn resides in Decatur, TX with his wife, Kristal and young son, Jet.

Prior to joining Process Sensors Shawn spent 5 years with Enertechnix, Inc. as a sales engineer, where he worked on infrared image processing projects in industrial applications throughout the world. Prior to Enertechnix, Inc. Shawn held support positions with The Hill-Rom Company. Shawn also served in the U. S. Army Military Police Corps for 5 years.  Shawn graduated from the University of North Texas, Denton with a BS in Public Administration.

 

Welcome Aboard Shawn!

 

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Shawn Smith

Technical Sales Engineer

Mobile: (774) 217-4053

Email: ssmith@processsenors.com

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QuikCheck Snacking in Savannah

Process Sensors Corp. will be exhibiting the exciting QuikCheck At-Line and Laboratory Analyzer for Moisture and Oil/Fat measurements at SnaxPo in Savannah.  Rugged, accurate, easy to calibrate and easy to operate.  Quickly speeds up sample analysis turn around in the lab or at-line.  Reduces costs and speeds production of in-spec quality product.

 

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We will also exhibit our MCT466 Snack Foods Near IR Transmitter for Moisture and Oil/Fat Measurement On-Line.  Stainless Steel NIR Transmitter designed for wash down environments with digital communications, analog outputs, data logging and trending charts.  Product Temperature also available.

 

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Welcome to the 80th Annual SNAXPO Exhibition & Conference April 1 – 4, 2017

Savannah International Trade and Convention Center

See New Products and Services. Network. Learn.

The world’s largest, most comprehensive trade show devoted exclusively to the international snack food industry, will be in Savannah, Georgia, in 2017. Enjoy the history, the charm, and award winning culinary offerings, while networking with and learning from top and mid-level executives, as well as buyers and users from every segment of the industry. There will also be countless ways to build new business, generate quality leads, and promote your brand – especially as an exhibitor, sponsor or both. Whether you’re a small start-up or a multi-national corporation, with a strong presence at SNAXPO, customers will see you as a category leader committed to their success and dedicated to advancing the snack food industry.

  • Hear from expert speakers with key insights that will give you a competitive advantage in a rapidly changing business environment.
  • Meet with snack food professionals – owners, executives, buyers, and users – from all over the world.
  • Attend educational sessions on hot-button issues affecting our industry.
  • Discover new and innovative equipment, ingredients, products, and services available to grow and enhance your business.

 

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Come visit with us or call us at 508.473-9901 to discuss your application!

Let’s Laminate

 

Lamination is essentially marrying two or more layers of materials together to obtain superior performance characteristics for specific product applications.   Near IR Transmitters are well established to measure moisture and coating thickness in the lamination process.  Cross Direction Web Profilers greatly assist in producing an even in-specification profile of adhesive thickness.  The resulting composite may be designed as a superior moisture or odor barrier, to highlight/protect appearance or gloss, reduce sound transmission, to increase strength or structural stability and many other applications.

Auto windscreens (windshields)  laminate two pieces of glass with a layer of PVB (polyvinylbutyral)  or other suitable polymer to prevent or minimize sharp glass shards from showering on driver and passengers on impact by wrapping the glass surfaces with the polymer.  Near IR can measure the film moisture and thickness.

Converting industries such as Tag, Tape & Labels, Packaging & Release Liners, Textiles and others operate Near IR to measure the adhesive coat weight applied and the moisture after unit operations such as dryers, re-moisturizers and final windup for QC and Process Control.  For converting applications a two roll laminator is often employed with one roll made of neoprene or other suitable rubber and the other roll made of steel or chrome plated.  The rubber roll applies pressure to the adhesive but also allows for compensation of caliper variations.  Nip roll pressure and skew assist in optimizing the process.

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Happy St. Patty’s Day!

St. Patty Leprechaun kid 031716St. Patty’s Day is celebrated on March 17th to honor his death in 461 A.D.   Allegedly he was born in 385 A.D. to Roman parents in Wales and kidnapped at the age of 16 to be sold into slavery in Ireland.  There, while working as a shepherd he had a religious experience and began preaching. 

33.7 Million Americans of Irish Descent, about 7 times more than the population of the Republic of Ireland (4.6 Million)

First St. Patty’s Day Parade was not held in Ireland.  It was held in Boston in 1737 and NY began the tradition in 1762.  The parades were held to demonstrate the growing social and political power of the often oppressed Irish immigrants

Guinness sells 5.7 Million pints per day on average.  Sales jump to over 11 Million pints on St. Patty’s Day

First US President to attend a St. Patty’s Day Parade was Harry Truman in 1948

Largest St. Patty’s Day Parade is in New York City drawing over 1 Million people.   In Chicago, Illinois they dye the river with 40 tons of Kelly Green eco-friendly vegetable dye.  The tradition started in 1962.  The color lasts for between 5 and 8 hours.  Catfish must love it!  Among the largest celebrations are Boston MA (since 1901) and …… Savannah, Georgia!

Shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade is in Hot Springs, Arkansas at 98 feet

The original color associated with St. Patty’s Day was blue, it later became green associated with the green springs in Ireland and allegedly a freedom movement.  You will often see blue as an alternate color to green among revelers

The Shamrock is associated with St. Patrick as he used it as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he introduced Christianity to the Pagan Celts

While legend has it that St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland, there are actually no snakes native to Ireland.  It was too cold in the Ice Age for snakes to survive and the surrounding ocean prevented any snakes from reaching Ireland

The traditional Irish meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage has nothing to do with corn.  The “corn” refers to the large salt crystals used to cure the beef

“Erin go Bragh” roughly translates to “Ireland Forever”

 

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So, You’ve Decided that a Photometer will Meet Your NIR Application Needs

Why Choose Process Sensors?

 

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Superior Technology & Support After Sale At A Reasonable Price

 

  • Accurate & Reliable
  • Easy to Operate &  Easy to Calibrate
  • Dual Core Architecture:  One core dedicated to NIR signal acquisition and the other programmed to manage computations and communications options
  • Built in cooling panel and air purge assembly
  • Adjustable filter wheel speed
  • Embedded bootloader for firmware upgrades
  • Viewer Suite Software:  Allows remote viewing  and editing of all MCT Transmitter functions
  • Communication Options:  Ethernet, Ethernet IP, OPC, Modbus TCP, Devicenet, Profibus etc.
  • Support After Sale:  Two Year Extended Warranty on Parts and Labor
  • Remote Trouble Shooting & Diagnostics

Free Sample Analysis, Feasibility Studies & On-Site Demo

Call Us Today to Discuss Your Application!

Do You Know How Cereal Flakes Are Frosted?

Cereal Process DiagramThose delicious flakes frosted with sugar and similar spices like cinnamon to mini-wheat biscuits are carefully monitored for accurate FDA Food Safety and Compliance Standards.  Process Sensors helps make these important measurements.  Measuring the water based sugar coating and vitamin enrichment stations is very similar to our PSC water based coat weight measurement for labels and tapes.  The sugar water ratio is well controlled with precise metering systems and liquid/solid refractometry analyzers.

Cereal flakes were invented by Dr. John Kellogg and his brother Will Kellogg (W.K.) in 1894, at their Battle Creek, Michigan, sanitarium. They were experimenting with wheat, trying to make “a digestible substitute for bread,” when they accidentally left a batch soaking in water overnight. The next day, they discovered it could be formed and baked into little flakes.

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After four more years of trial and effort, the Kelloggs successfully applied the process to corn. However, they only sold cornflake by mail as a health food, to patients and former patients; Dr. Kellogg wasn’t interested in distributing it to the general public.

Flaked and sugar flaked cereals soon became an American staple with milk as a source of fortified Vitamin D from multiple suppliers.  The flakes are sprayed with a sweet (sugary) solution at approximately 230 degrees C followed by rotary drum dryers and then a vitamin spray bath.  Click Here to see a video on the process.  The dried and sugary vitamin enhanced flakes are then packaged for supermarket shelves.

Each unit operation contributes to shelf life and taste, and benefits from monitoring with Near Infrared (NIR) Process Analyzers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Why Is Veteran’s Day Always On November 11th?

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

As we know, WWI did not end all wars and after WWII and the Korean Conflict what was originally a celebration of Armistice Day  became Veteran’s Day to honor the Great Sacrifices of Many who fought for our Freedom Today.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Read more here.

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Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Pressure Sensitive Adhesives (PSA) continue to expand their applications in packaging, converting, assembly, bookbinding, nonwovens, foot wear, automotive and many other markets. Infrared (IR) and Near Infrared (NIR) transmitters offer economical tools to improve Quality Control and Assurance while increasing Production Opportunity with improved Process Control.

Near Infrared Transmitters can measure wet end water based coatings, dry end organic depositions, pre-treatments and hot melt adhesive thickness.  Roll, Doctor Blades, Air Knifes, Die Bolts and other coaters benefit from these measurements.  These NIR transmitters can also measure moisture at the dryer exit and after re-moisturizing unit operations to reduce lay flat and edge curl.  Mounting these transmitters on a scanning frame equipped with a position encoder, the web profile can be mapped on a PC to assist in maintaining a uniform profile across the web.

Infrared Pyrometers and Thermal Imaging Systems allow for temperature measurements to be incorporated into the control scheme and detection of hot spots in the manufacturing process.  Pyrometers can be mounted at the exit of the dryer or internally for specific zone measurement.  Thermal Imagers can identify cold and hot spots across the product to identify problems in unit operations that can then be corrected.  Together NIR and IR tools greatly assist the development of consistent and uniform manufacturing while reducing the cost of manufacturing in-specification product.

 

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