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Production Process Insights

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

Ask Sentry: What are ISOLOK Samplers?

Posted by Sentry Equipment on 7/22/21 8:00 AM

Automatic representative sampling is the act of capturing a limited volume of material from a process stream that accurately reflects the characteristics of the entire lot, batch or process stream. Most material within a production environment can be sampled and then analyzed for product quality and process monitoring. 

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

Manage Your Hygienic Standards with Automatic Sampling

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 6/14/21 8:00 AM

In recent years, several severe, high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks have led to increased implementation of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system, along with other food safety programs and increased reliance on third-party auditing programs. These changes make hygienic standards essential to safe food and beverage production.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

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

Representative Sampling: Important in Nut Butter Packaging

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 4/26/21 8:00 AM

Many co-packaging companies provide distributors with multiple types of nut butter products from one processing plant, including everything from smooth and chunky peanut butters to almond butters and organic products. Simultaneously, food health and safety are co-packers top priorities to avoid recalls due to salmonella, e-coli and other contaminants.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry

Maintain Quality with Automatic Nut Butter Sampling

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 4/12/21 8:00 AM

As consumers’ tastes change, nut butter producers and co-packers are optimizing their processes to meet this consumer demand. With the variety of options and process variability, it has become imperative to utilize proper sampling techniques to prevent cross-contamination.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Solids & Powder, Liquid & Slurry

Maintain Your B1 Sampler: A Step-by-Step Video Guide

Posted by George Buss on 3/15/21 8:00 AM

Depending on what materials are run through a Sentry B1 point sampler, material can stick to the auger, sample tube and chute. Understanding how to disassemble and reassemble the sampler is critical to proper sampler maintenance and cleaning.

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Topics: Cement, Food & Beverage, Mining, Solids & Powder, Pharmaceutical

Adapting Automatic Sampling to Produce High-Quality Edible Oils

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 2/22/21 8:00 AM

Due to shifting tastes in the industry, edible oil companies must transform their manufacturing processes to keep pace. Automatic sampling systems easily adapt to these new products to optimize sampling accuracy, while minimizing the risks associated with updating production processes.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry

Maintain Safety Throughout the Edible Oil Supply Chain

Posted by Nate Leonard on 2/8/21 8:00 AM

The demand for edible oils – including vegetable, olive, palm and seed oils – continues to accelerate. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to accidental or deliberate malpractice within the supply chain, such as adulteration of raw ingredients or finished products, mislabeling of products, or environmentally unsustainable operations. That’s why representative sampling is critical to ensuring the safety and reliability of all edible oil products.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry

Navigating the New World of Sampling Cannabinoid Oils

Posted by Israel Gamboa on 12/14/20 8:00 AM

Extracting and refining the cannabis plant into medication and edible products is uncharted territory for many cannabis-producing businesses. Cannabis products need to be consistent in composition and free of impurities that could negatively affect users’ health. Automatic sampling can help optimize sampling accuracy and repeatability in every step of the cannabidiol (CBD), hemp and cannabis extraction process, while ensuring a safe final product.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Liquid & Slurry