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Tod Myers

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Ensure High-Quality Coffee with Custody Transfer Sampling

Posted by Tod Myers on 8/23/21 8:00 AM

Coffee can be commercially grown in just two U.S. states, Hawaii and California, because of the tropical climate and high altitude the beans require to thrive. To keep up with demand, the U.S. imports much of its coffee from other regions, including Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. 

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

Is Automatic Sampling Right for Your Milling Operation?

Posted by Tod Myers on 5/24/21 8:00 AM

Flour millers must ensure they’re meeting minimal requirements from the U.S. Food & Drug Association (FDA) for milled grains and flours. If a producer doesn’t meet these federal requirements, they can be vulnerable to civil sanctions, seizure of product, or even criminal penalties. Automatic sampling can protect millers from lengthy downtime and high operating costs, without interfering with production and overhead costs.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

A Game Changer: Automatic Sampling in Cement Processes

Posted by Tod Myers on 3/1/21 8:00 AM

Improving plant performance efficiency requires cement processes to be monitored closely using fewer plant personnel. That's where automatic process sampling can help improve your efficiency and profitability.

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Topics: Cement, Solids & Powder

Food Safety Is #1 For Animals and Pet Food Manufacturers

Posted by Tod Myers on 9/21/20 8:00 AM

Like food meant for human consumption, pet foods are subject to contamination during the manufacturing process. Contamination can include ingredients with incorrect physical or chemical properties as well as contamination from toxins. Automatic sampling of animal food, including wet and dry dog and cat food, helps detect the presence of harmful bacteria such as Listeria and Salmonella to ensure quality and safety for people and pets.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

The Art of Blending Coffee with Automatic Sampling

Posted by Tod Myers on 6/8/20 8:00 AM

Roasting and combining coffee beans into distinctive blends can be challenging. Each type of bean in the blend needs to be carefully roasted to ensure consistency of color and taste of the final brew. Automatic sampling can help optimize sampling accuracy and repeatability in the coffee blending process, while ensuring a delicious cup every time.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

A Custom Solution Improves Cement Sampling at Load-Out

Posted by Tod Myers on 5/18/20 9:15 AM

Cement is typically manufactured by heating lime, silica, alumina, iron and other materials at high temperatures. This combination of heavy materials can have a major impact on wear and tear of sampling equipment. Learn how one company mitigated this risk with a custom solution.

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Topics: Cement, Solids & Powder

Keeping Pet Food Safe with Automatic Samplers

Posted by Tod Myers on 1/13/20 8:00 AM

Ensuring that animals’ food is safe and meets federal regulations is critical to the animals that consume it, the people who care for those animals and the brand image of the manufacturers. Automatic representative sampling of animal food helps ensure quality and safety for both people and pets.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder

The Best Way to Sample Flour for Quality Control

Posted by Tod Myers on 4/12/17 10:15 AM

A flour mill operations manager often starts the day by checking processing data in the lab where product samples are tested to assess the mill’s performance and check for any issues such as contamination.

Proper flour sampling can make or break quality control analysis in a flour milling operation. A quality control test is only as good as the tested sample, which is only as good as the flour sampling technique used to obtain a true representative sample that has the characteristics of the whole lot or batch that’s tested.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder