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  • Common Recall Risks in Pet Food Processing: Part I

    Even when recall procedures are well-practiced and well-known throughout the company, a recall is still a turbulent time. Sometimes recalls take place due to improper sanitation procedures or a lack of testing, and other times it may simple result from an unfortunate accident. Food for human consumption as well as animal consumption can all face…

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  • Process Improvements to Increase Efficiency in Pet Food Processing

    Increasing efficiency can mean many things. It might mean decreasing waste, lowering costs, improving speed, or increasing overall production. There are many ways to go about this. These improvements can also be difficult to compare or analyze. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few of the most readily available process improvements specifically in pet…

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  • 4 Key Sanitation and Safety Regulations in Pet Food Processing

    Clean, safe food and a clean, safe work environment are important in processing food for human consumption as well as animal consumption. Many of the rules and guidelines for maintaining sanitation and preventing workplace hazards are the same between both of these environments. Taking precautions to create a sanitary pet food processing plant and prevent…

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  • Automotive Sealing Components

    Problem: An eastern Michigan manufacturer of automotive sealing components and reinforcements was interested in finding a more accurate method to manufacture their products. Their process was entirely manual. Batching, weighing, and measuring was all being done completely by hand which amounted to waste due to human error, poor housekeeping, and high labor costs. The company approached…

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  • Integrated Pork Operation

    Industry: Animal Feed Customer: Integrated Pork Operation The Challenge A large integrated hog operation, decided to manufacture their own feed. Because of the record keeping and required precision they wanted an easy automatic way to introduce micro ingredients into their process. They had plans to automate the rest of the feed manufacturing plant, but the micro ingredients…

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  • Specialty Ingredient Manufacturer

    The Issue A chemical manufacturer heard about APEC’s Mistcoater, which had been used for many years for applying fats and flavorings to animal feed and pet food, and approached APEC about the possibility of using the same machine for their enzyme product. The customer had developed an enzyme that when added to animal feed, reduced…

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