Food Processing Equipment

3 Pollution Control Challenges for Baking Operations

Even though the United States has been leading the way in pollution control and emissions have continued to drop since the passage of the Clean Air Act, various industries such as the manufacturing of food products still results in the release of volatile organic compounds, odors, and other pollutants.

In many industries, and even in certain food manufacturing processes, facilities have numerous options to reduce their emissions that could include anything from a change in materials to a change in product.

On the other hand, pollution control at a baking operation is different than many other manufacturing processes:

Nearly Impossible to […]

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    5 Things to Consider When Comparing Conveyor Ovens and Batch Ovens

5 Things to Consider When Comparing Conveyor Ovens and Batch Ovens

The time has come—it’s time to replace an old oven or purchase a new one. However, what do you need to look for? What will you decide on? Should you batch your efforts or use a conveyor oven to get the job done?

In anticipation for our upcoming guide on the steps you need to take when purchasing and installing an oven, we would today like to discuss with you some of the top considerations on which one works best for you. The CMM Group has been in the process heat business for nearly two decades and has built custom […]

The Many Applications for Industrial Ovens and Dryers

No matter the industry, if you’re a manufacturer, you likely have process heating needs. Ovens, dryers, cheese melters, and more, even if the physical approach is the same (remove moisture or cause a chemical reaction by applying heat), there are many differences in this process.
Common Applications for Industrial Ovens
Just as there are differences between chemical coatings and ciabatta, there are important differences between curing ovens, baking ovens, and the like—all with different temperatures, heating and cooling cycles, and atmospheres. Today, we would like to explore some of the most common applications in which an industrial oven is used, and […]

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    Why Food Manufacturers Need to Focus on VOC Abatement in 2018

Why Food Manufacturers Need to Focus on VOC Abatement in 2018

In food manufacturing and baking, consistency is key. Retailers and consumers have come to expect a specific product, and any deviation from perfect can result in complaints and lost business. Knowing this, creating a perfect, repeatable product is only one thing on which food manufacturers need to focus. An equal focus needs to be put on reducing emissions and staying within the confines of the regulatory environment and the expectations of the surrounding community.

These focuses need to be considered in relation to one another—the manufacturing process needs to go smoothly without breaking the law, the emission and odor control […]

The Cheese Melter: An Unsung Hero in Pizza Manufacturing

If you’re like us, you love the show How It’s Made on the Discovery Channel. Now in its 30th season, the show has helped television viewers and consumers around the world to understand just how much work goes into the manufacturing process of seemingly mundane, everyday items.

One of these episodes discussed the manufacturing of frozen pizzas, a product enjoyed by millions of Americans each day. With more than 350 million tons of frozen pizzas sold each year, Americans enjoy over 2 billion slices of frozen pizza annually—with the average family eating frozen pizza 30 times per year, once every […]

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    Need to Purchase an Industrial Oven? Here’s What You Should Look For

Need to Purchase an Industrial Oven? Here’s What You Should Look For

Industrial ovens, also called dryers, are used for an array of different purposes. Besides being used for baking food, these pieces of complex machinery can also be utilized to dry out paint or prepare specific coatings. Regardless of the manufacturing process you will be sending through your oven, there is a set of characteristics that can help improve the overall performance and allow you to be more productive.

In this article, we will discuss the different ways you can use industrial ovens and highlight six characteristics you should always aim for when purchasing a new unit. Note that most industrial […]

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    Choosing the Best VOC Abatement System for Food Manufacturers

Choosing the Best VOC Abatement System for Food Manufacturers

Since the 1970s, food manufacturing facilities are responsible for controlling their dangerous gas emissions. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are some of the most common pollutants food factories and bakeries generate, and can severely hinder the environment if released into the atmosphere untreated.

There are now various VOC abatement systems and technologies available that are suitable for different factories, including food manufacturing and packing facilities. In this article, we will provide you with a few tips on how to find the ideal VOC abatement system for your factory.
Do All Food Manufacturers Need VOC Abatement?
As a rule of thumb, only factories that […]

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    A Beginner’s Guide to Airflow Management for Industrial Dryers and Ovens

A Beginner’s Guide to Airflow Management for Industrial Dryers and Ovens

Although they have different purposes, industrial dryers and ovens operate under the same concept, which is to remove moisture through high temperatures.

Needless to say, because they require high temperature to function properly, the performance of your ovens and/or dryers will have a huge impact on your facility’s overall energy efficiency. This is where airflow management comes in.

Manufacturing facility managers are always looking for ways to improve overall efficiency. Despite the fact that they are not the only one, dryers and ovens always stand out as a huge source of inefficiencies. But, with the implementation of effective airflow management systems, […]

Custom Industrial Oven Case Study

Food Processing Equipment Manufacturers, such as The CMM Group, provide custom production equipment to meet a variety of needs.

One of America’s largest frozen pizza manufacturers contracted The CMM Group to engineer an infrared pre-melter, (commonly known as an IR cheese pre-melter). The custom designed production machine equipment replaced the company’s existing convection oven pre-melters.

The IR cheese pre-melter oven fused cheese and pizza toppings together by emitting a flash of heat to the top of a frozen pizza in order to reduce topping movement during packaging and distribution of the product. The industrial oven provided the manufacturer with the freedom […]

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    10 Things You Need to Know When Evaluating Food Processing Equipment Manufacturers

10 Things You Need to Know When Evaluating Food Processing Equipment Manufacturers

The search for food processing equipment manufacturers can be time consuming and difficult if you don’t have a standardized process to follow. Since product testing can’t be done prior to purchase, decisions are typically made entirely on cost, a vendor’s credibility and design data.

If you want to avoid unexpected costs or retrofits, it’s important to take the time to provide vendors with a complete definition of your food processing equipment requirements.

We’ve put together a check-list of criteria below to help you develop a list of detailed specifications you can use to submit a formal RFQ (request for quotation) to […]