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Food for thought: trends in food processing

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2017 comes with a fresh set of expectations, and trends that are going to continue to change the food processing industry. We at Cemcorp strongly believe in evolution and taking cues from the world around us to improve, automate and streamline. Take a look at what trends are emerging and what you should watch out for:

1. Innovative solutions to drive down costs: the pressure to cut costs could be coming from you at all sides, and really impact how and what you do in terms of your food processing. Cut costs by standardizing equipment and exploring automation.

2. Energy efficiency: saving energy is an easy way to not only save time and money, but save the environment. By reducing energy consumption, you can reduce costs and increase margins.

3. A refrigeration strategy: refrigeration compliance has been generating a lot of buzz lately. The move towards more natural options helps reduce your carbon footprint. New technologies and developments are emerging, including embracing CO2 instead of ammonia for cost saving benefits.

4. Organic: the move to organic is really popular these days, and consumers are pushing manufacturers to produce cleaner products that are more natural, minimally processed and not genetically modified. Focusing on transparency is key to increasing sales.

5. Globalization: reaching a new audience by manufacturing a diverse group of products and foods can increase demand and bring in new customers. The specialty food market is growing, as the interest in new flavours also grows. Immigrants continue to acculturate and their food traditions are becoming more mainstream.

6. Tighter Regulations:

  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) – Just like other industries have the quality control standards for best practices, the food industry has GMP. This includes certifications and programs to ensure that the food is handled properly and that proper sanitization practices are observed. In Canada, this is strictly regulated by the Canadian and Provincial Food Inspection Agencies.
  • Waste Water management is becoming an issue as the municipalities are pushing harder than ever before for industry to make improvements on their wastewater management processes and may require you to install additional treatment solutions.
  • Worker safety is always a top priority for our clients. The WSIB sets insurance rates based on your companies past safety performance and the Ministry of Labour enforces strict regulations outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Want help with any of the above? We work with many clients on streamlining their food processing. We specialize in complete plant designs for a wide range of industries, including dairy, confectionery, bakeries, wineries, soft drinks and more. Working start to finish on all aspects of manufacturing and processing, we can help with reactors, mixers, vacuum pans, feed tubes, blending systems, batch and evaporators.

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Packaging, automation and meeting the strict food quality requirements are also things we can help with. We recently worked with Redpath Sugar on some wet scrubber dust collection system improvements. Changes in the design of their equipment were made to prevent sugar dust from collecting and getting into the air. With our help, changes in the design of their process were made and improved.

What are your goals for 2017?

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Save Money. Save the Planet.

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Saving energy is more than just about saving money – it’s about saving the environment. We at Cemcorp believe in cogeneration, which is clean power’s unsung hero. Also known as combined heat and power (CHP), cogeneration refers to a group of proven technologies that operate together for the concurrent generation of electricity and useful heat in a process that is generally much more energy-efficient than when electricity and useful heat are produced separately. When companies like yours buy hydropower, there is a lot of waste. With the cost of electricity increasing, cogeneration is a great option, because some of the wasted energy can be harvested and used for other purposes, such as space heating and cooling, water heating, and industrial process heat.

One of the most common, and most energy efficient types of cogeneration is condensing steam turbine engines. They are the best for industrial and manufacturing systems because of their large capacity, and are being used all over Canada. Although the most widely known area for using cogeneration is in the industrial sector, the technology is also being used and available on a smaller-scale in residential and commercial facilities.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here are some of the benefits to cogeneration:
1. Reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions by requiring less fuel inputs
2. Reduce energy waste, thereby increasing efficiency levels
3. Reduce energy costs
4. Reduce releases of ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) from air conditioning units
5. Reduce dependence on the grid
6. Provide for power when the grid is down
7. Enhance operational efficiency to lower overhead costs
8. Replace aging infrastructure to sustain the life of your business
9. Reduce dependency on non-renewable fossil fuels

Still not convinced that cogeneration is right for your business? We can conduct a study of your process, including a cost-benefit analysis, and give you advice on what your best options are. We can also advise you on what energies are available, and how you can convert them to electrical power. Cogeneration is being used all over the world, particularly in data centres, hospitals, universities and industrial operations, will your company be next to get on board?

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Ontario Technical Conference 2017 by the Master Brewers’ Association of Canada (MBAC) January 26-27 Toronto, ON

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This year the Master Brewers’ Association of Canada (MBAC) held it’s 44th Annual Ontario Technical Conference in January at the Westin Toronto Airport Hotel. This event is the longest running and most informative Canadian Technical Conference for Brewing Technologies.

The organizing committee was busy planning and preparing for the event since last year’s conference in 2016 was a huge success. This year’s event was bigger and better with some great content, additional breakout sessions, and a Brewery Tour and Tastings event to kick it all off January 25th. The event was well attended with over 200 participants attending over the course of the two days.

Last year at the event Cemcorp’s President Stephen Harkness along with Part Owner of Eri-Son Instrumentation Steve Durston presented on Automation Scale-Up in a brewery. This year Cemcorp was one of the many sponsors for the event and Stephen Harkness moderated the Safety Panel discussion as part of the conference program on day one of the event. The safety panel discussion focus was on safety in the brewery including responsibility of the operation supervisors and employees. The topics covered included safety requirements (overview of Ontario laws and regulations), safety cost and benefits, safety culture versus compliance, and safety support services available from the Master Brewers’ Association of America (MBAA) and others.

The safety panel members were:
Stephen Harkness, P.Eng., Consulting Engineer, Cemcorp Ltd.
Joshua Kearley, Beverage Protect, Benson Kearley IFG
Jonathan Crawshaw, Brewing Technical Specialist, Sleeman Breweries
Gary Nicholas, Brewery Safety and Packaging Specialist from MBAA, USA
Jennifer MacFarlane, CHSC, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services,
Wagish Yajaman, Occupational Hygienist, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.

Take a look below at some of the photos we took at the event and stay tuned for the 45th Annual Ontario Conference in January 2018. We are certainly looking forward to it!

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CRN/Registrations & 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions

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We thought it would serve as a necessary introduction to outline the most commonly asked questions and answers we have addressed with respect to CRN’s. We hope you find this helpful and encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any further questions.

1. Why Do I Need a CRN Registration?

Receiving a CRN is required before fabricating a pressure vessel, boiler, pressure piping, or fitting. During a site inspection or audit if equipment is found without proper registration, and cannot be registered as built, then it has to be replaced. The efforts of registering before might be laborious but are necessary and can save you time and money in the long run.

2. What Requires a CRN Registration?

The code tends to vary slightly for Canada and the US, but Canada is a bit more restrictive when it comes to pressure vessels. Also, in Canada there is some slight variations by province. But overall, pressure vessels, fittings and piping systems need to be built and comply with the appropriate quality control programs.

3. Who Issues the Registration?

In Canada, each province has its own registration and will issue a CRN number to be put on the vessel nameplate. To register across all of Canada, you must obtain a registration by all 7 of the below jurisdictions:

• British Columbia [BCSA]
• Alberta [ABSA]
• Saskatchewan [TSASK]
• Manitoba [Inspection & Safety Authority of Manitoba]
• Ontario [TSSA]
• Quebec [RBQ]
• Maritimes, NW Territories, Newfoundland, etc. [ACIC]

4. What Is the Process for Applying for a CRN?

In order to obtain the requirements and forms required for each jurisdiction, it is best to contact them directly. Obtaining a registration in more than one province/jurisdiction is a bit more complicated. We find it’s best to start with one province/jurisdiction and then once registration is obtained, submit to other jurisdictions along with any additional requirements or paperwork.

5. When Should I Apply for a CRN?

A CRN should be applied right away and even before fabrication begins. The time it can take to receive a CRN is dependent on the complexity of the design, the jurisdiction or province it is to be registered in, and the quality of the documentation submitted. Considering all these factors you could receive your CRN as early as in 1 month or as late as 3-5 months.

A lot of companies that are experts in the pressure vessel field are starting to find it increasingly difficult to navigate Canada’s complex registration system. Taking this on alone can be frustrating and time consuming, but we are here to help you with complete support from our professionals. We are just a phone call away and would be happy to help you.

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Cemcorp’s 2016 Highlights

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Another year has come and gone, while a brand new year is under way. Here’s a quick look back at our very eventful 2016, and quick glance forward at what’s on tap for 2017. We have grown quite a bit over the past year and are looking forward to that momentum continuing in 2017.

Quick Look Back at 2016:
February 2016 – Launched our updated logo and website
April 2016 – Attended the American Distilling Institute Conference
June 2016 – Cemcorp’s associate Michael Delevante released his third book, 52 years in the Liquor Industry (and still counting)
October 2016 – Exhibitors Booth at Ontario Craft Brewers Conference
November 2016 – Attended Pack Expo Conference in Chicago

Other Accomplishments:
• Completed over 20 PSRs for clients
• Supported our large base of repeat clients with CRNs
• Supported Redpath with special projects
• New client, Gay Lea Foods required engineering services for many projects this year in Hamilton, North York and Hagersville

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A Quick Glance Forward at 2017:
• January 26 & 27 – Master Brewers Association of Canada Conference
• February 3 – Ontario Craft Brewers Tech Talk – “Exploring Wastewater Issues for Craft Brewers, Winery and Cider Producers”
• March – Trip to Dublin Ireland and visit to the Guinness Brewery
• April 3 to 6 – ADI Conference – Baltimore, MD.
• April 8 – The Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) Annual Awards Gala

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The 5 W’s of Prestart Health & Safety Reviews (PSR)

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1. WHAT is a Prestart Health and Safety Review (PSR)?

A Pre-Start Health and Safety Review (PSR) is an audit completed by a Professional Engineer of any industrial apparatus, protective element, process, or structure, to ensure compliance with applicable standards with Section 7 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

2. WHEN is a Prestart Healthy and Safety Review (PSR) required?

According to Section 7 of Regulation 851 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (S.7 of O.Reg. 851) the following items are examples requiring a Pre-Start Review:

• When a building, room or area is used to store or dispense flammable liquids
• When the following protective elements are used:
light curtains and screens
area scanning systems
radio frequency systems and capacitance systems
safety mat systems
two hand controls
barrier guards using interlocked electrical or mechanical safeguards
• When racking or stacking structures are used to store material
• Where processes that involve a risk of ignition or explosion are installed or modified
• When a dust collector is used that involves a risk of ignition or explosion
• When a factory produces aluminum or steel, or a factory that is a foundry
• When a lifting device, traveling crane or automobile hoist is installed or modified
• When a process uses or produces a substance (i.e. chemical) that may result in the overexposure of a worker to limits prescribed by Ontario regulations

Source: https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/psr/psr_4.php

3. WHY is conducting a Prestart Health and Safety Review (PSR) a good idea?

There are several benefits to conducting a PSR but here are the three main ones:

1. It identifies safety issues to be corrected in an organized and effective manner.
2. Potential cost savings can be identified as a result through work efficiencies and proper installation and placement of equipment.
3. Safe operation and installation of equipment reduces the risk of injuries, lost time and can potentially lower insurance premiums by preventing workplace injuries.

4. WHO

A professional engineer only must conduct a PSR, and sometimes depending on requirements, a professional engineer from more than one discipline may be required. When this is the case, the names and disciplines of all reviewers involved should be outlined and included in the report.

Pricing is based on various factors, such as the type of machine or equipment, type of installation being reviewed, and technical documentation available. Contact us directly or click here to fill out a form and we’d be happy to provide you with a non-obligatory quote.

5. WHERE can I find more information?

Ontario Ministry of Labour
https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/psr

Professional Engineers of Ontario
http://www.peo.on.ca/index.php/ci_id/22069/la_id/1.htm

Safe Workplace Association
http://wsps.ca/Shop/Training/Training-Schedules/Pre-Start-Health-and-Safety-Reviews.aspx

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Pack Expo International 2016 – November 6-9 Chicago, IL

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We were one of more than 47,000 professionals from virtually every vertical market and 130+ countries around the world came together at McCormick Place to explore processing and packaging innovations from 2,500+ exhibitors.

For virtually every vertical industry, PACK EXPO International is The Main Event for processing and packaging. We decided to attend to enhance our knowledge in the processing and packaging industry and continue to bring more value to our current and prospective clients.

We got the chance to see some state-of-the-art machinery and see some technologies that could be brought over from one industry to another.

Some of the key learning points and themes throughout the event were:

Robotics and automation and how they can help you increase operational efficiency and improve safety
Advanced technologies for dispensing, filling, cleaning, disinfecting and reducing water usage
Labeling systems that provide greater flexibility and sustainability
Materials and containers that preserve freshness, reduce usage and enhance your brand

One of our favourite things at the event that we saw was: the high level of automation and advanced safety features on the latest packing equipment.

Take a look below at some of the photos we took at the event.

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Consistency is KING: Making it Match from Batch-to-Batch

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We understand that the quality of your beer is valuable to you and your customers. Trust us when we say we know how important a well-brewed beer is. Which is why we’ve created a way to bring control and consistency to the brewery process.

We want to make sure that your production process creates the same quality beer time and time again. However, with changes in the environment and other uncontrolled variables having any control becomes quite the challenge. With Cemcorp’s control system though you no longer need to worry. Our automatic control system does the work for you making sure everything is properly set each time so every batch brewed is just as good as the one before it.

The PCbrew® System was engineered to integrate, control and automate your whole brewing system. It uses Opto 22 Programmable Automated Controllers (PACs) to operate on a single platform, which allows the hardware and software of our system to talk to each other. With PCbrew® there is greater control, efficiency and flexibility allowing manual interaction when and if necessary.

These aren’t the only benefits; there are other advantages as well such as:

1. A control system customized to your specific needs, which optimizes process performance requirements and goals
2. The option to expand and upgrade as your business or production grows
3. Ease of operation with simple “point-and-click” on screen commands
4. The ability to remotely monitor the system using the existing remote monitoring software
5. Cost effectiveness
6. PAC control
7. No upgrade requirement or additional investments needed down the road
8. Additional support available within the first 90 days of purchasing the system

To learn more about the PCbrew® System click here.

And to learn more about PACs http://www.opto22.com/site/whatisapac.aspx

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ACME Drawings FOR SALE!!!

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ACME is well known for a couple of different reasons. The main frame of reference for some is it’s fictional reference in the “Looney Tunes” cartoons when Wile E. Coyote would try (and always fail) to sabotage Road Runner. The ACME we know that actually did exist is best known for their ACME Drawings and we sell them here at Cemcorp.

In 2002, Cemcorp acquired sole ownership of ACME drawings. Considering ACME had 50 years in the brewery equipment industry, the acquisition made sense at the time to be able to offer them to those that had this equipment installed. We also own drawings for the ACME Radial Valley Bottom Lauter Tubs, which offer three patented features:

1. Radial Valley Bottom: This encourages a three-way flow that produces quicker clarification and faster run-off time. Since there is greater flow velocity it helps prevent sediment deposits and increasing yield.

2. Flushing System Between Bottoms: A special device flushes each section of the lauter tub simultaneously between true and false bottoms. There is also a separate unit solely provided for the occasional flushing of accumulated sugar, grits or other sedimentation that can interfere with an efficient operation. To sum this up, it helps the system run as smooth as it can by flushing out old and built up sediment. Cool huh?

3. Grain Discharge Valve: This valve is specially designed to drain and filter the entire bottom area and in the bottom area, and where the discharge valve is placed. This makes the inside surface completely effective.

If you are interested, we have many ACME drawings available for purchase depending on your specific job number.

For more information about purchasing ACME drawings click here.

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Cheers to Cuba Libre’s and Cemcorp Ltd.!

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Putting your customers first is always a number one priority, especially when your customer is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of rum. The world-renowned rum producers, “Appleton Estates,” trusts Cemcorp’s Control System PCflow® to improve their quality of rum and make every batch just like the first one. Now everyone who’s favourite drink is a Mai Tai, Cuba Libre or Daiquiri can raise their glass to the makers of rum and Cemcorp for their contribution to the making of a great rum!

The PCflow® control system is not limited just to the mass production of liquor but can also be used for food processing and various chemical processing as well. Since there are many different uses we made the system customizable to your specific needs (seriously the round of applause is NOT necessary).

This system was created with the goal to give you increased control over your processing system and provide you with more efficiency as well as greater flexibility. Similarly to the PCbrew®, it also uses Opto 22 Programmable Automated Controllers (PACs) and provides efficient monitoring, control and data acquisition to its users.

This system has many other advantages as well, such as:

1. A control system customized to your specific needs, which optimizes process performance requirements and goals
2. Cost effectiveness
3. PAC control
4. The option to expand and upgrade as your business or production grows
5. Ease of operation with simple “point-and-click” on screen commands
6. The ability to remotely monitor the system using the existing remote monitoring software
7. No upgrade requirement or additional investments needed down the road
8. Additional support available within the first 90 days of purchasing the system

To learn more about the PCflow System click on http://www.cemcorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Cemcorp-Brochures-PCbrew-PCflow-compressed.pdf

And to learn more about PACs click on: http://www.opto22.com/site/whatisapac.aspx

MOST IMPORTANTLY: to get more information on the different drinks you can make with Appleton Estates click on: http://www.appletonestate.com/en/cocktails/

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