FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY GETS HELP WITH NEW PROGRAM The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) announced an exciting program to help benefit one of Ohio’s largest manufacturing sectors – the design, engineering and construction of food processing equipment. Two of the MEP’s regional affiliates, CIFT in Toledo, Ohio, and MAGNET in Cleveland, collaborated and jointly offered their services to food and food equipment companies that are seeking to improve productivity, increase profitability, and expand business performance. Together, the two programs can provide design and engineering assistance to a variety of food processing systems. The assistance includes all steps in the development process, including: u Concept development u Concept evaluation u Prototyping u Detailed engineering and design services u Machine construction 12 “This is another great example of affiliates working together to help manufacturers across Ohio,” James Ruble, director, Ohio MEP, said. “This shows that we are truly one.” With more than 20 years of experience servicing the food and food equipment sectors, CIFT has the background, knowledge, and network of experts that understand the regulatory, safety, and sanitation requirements of the food industry. Our experts have worked with equipment manufacturers large and small in the development and improvement of processing, packaging, material handling, sterilizing, and many other types of equipment. They have helped many in the state to modify equipment to: u Increase throughput u Lower costs u Improve yields u Improve product quality and safety Similarly, the engineering and product development group at MAGNET have extensive experience in the design, automation, prototyping, development, testing, and startup of manufacturing equipment in many industries. By bringing these groups together, the Ohio MEP will be able to offer comprehensive design and development services to Ohio companies that service or are in the food processing industry. It will enable them, at competitive costs, to access world class design services that are combined with decades of experience and background in the food industry.

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