On Wednesday, April 12, 2023, at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific, Dr. Timothy J. Bowser, P.E., food process engineer, Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center, will present “Interweaving Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Maintenance Functions in Screening & Separation” as part of Powder & Bulk Solids' DryPro webinar series.
Screening/separation technology operates 24/7 with little or no attention. When screens/separators are down, cleaning, sanitizing, and maintenance functions must take place rapidly and effectively. The webinar begins with an overview of screening/separation technology in the food and ag industry and specifically how screening/separation equipment is cleaned, sanitized, and maintained. In practice, operations, cleaning, sanitizing, and maintenance functions are frequently compartmentalized. Separation of these functions may not achieve best results. Interweaving of operations, cleaning, sanitizing, and maintenance can save time and money and enhance product safety.
Strategies to interweave these functions will be introduced and discussed. Brief case studies will be presented to illustrate the concept of interwoven operations, cleaning, sanitizing, and maintenance activities.
Bowser is a registered, professional engineer with more than 35 years of experience in food processing. He is a Professor of Food Process Engineering at the Oklahoma State University. His responsibilities include technical assistance to entrepreneurs and food processors; research and development of food processing equipment and techniques; and the establishment of outreach programs in food engineering. His industrial experience includes positions at the Gerber Products Co. (baby food) and Lockwood Greene Engineers (consulting), and co-owner of PetMech LLC (pet food/product development and testing). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from The University of Tennessee, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Penn State.