Written By Hannie Nguyen
In the dynamic landscape of the Food and Beverage industry, we address the pressing challenge of exorbitant downtime costs that can be up to $50,000 hourly resulting from equipment failures. Our mission focuses on providing accessible, innovative equipment solutions at reasonable prices to nurture sustainable practices and bolster operational efficiencies.
Pressing issues: Economic and Environmental challenges in the Food and Beverage Industry
Equipment failures within the food and beverage industry yield significant consequences, affecting financial, health, and operational dimensions. According to Forbes, the sector faces an average hourly downtime cost ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, contributing to annual losses that often exceed hundreds of thousands and can extend to several million dollars due to unplanned interruptions. These breakdowns not only disrupt production schedules, resulting in revenue losses, increased maintenance expenses, and costly repairs or replacements but also pose risks to food safety and quality. Moreover, malfunctioning machinery heightens contamination risks, directly impacting the safety standards of food products.
Solutions and Our missions
Addressing these challenges involves proactive measures such as storing backup equipment, renewing equipment after maintenance intervals, and replacing outdated machinery with innovative, reasonably priced alternatives. We specialize in re-allocating under-utilized laboratory equipment for the food and beverage sector, ensuring functionality and integrity. Our initiative enables Circularity through the extension of lab equipment life cycles, minimizes waste, is sustainable, and provides accessible tools for scientific advancements. See below for some examples of featured Circular Food and Beverage industry laboratory equipment.
Featured Circular Food and Beverage Industry Equipment
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Thermo Scientific Dionex ASE 350 Accelerated Solvent Extractor
Renowned for its rapid extraction capabilities, it efficiently extracts compounds =vital for food analysis from diverse sample matrices.This extractor’s reliability and rapidity offer consistent support, essential for maintaining quality assurance in the dynamic landscape of food and beverage analysis.
SPECTROstar Nano Microplate Reader
This microplate reader boasts advanced capabilities across biomolecules, peptides, and small molecules, employing a precise desorption/ionization process for accurate compound identification and quantification. Its high sensitivity and specificity make it ideal for analyzing complex biological samples that aid in assessing nutrients, contaminants, and critical components within food and beverage products. Additionally, its adaptable nature and customizable setups cater to various sample types, potentially supporting specific analyses crucial for quality control and research in food and beverage formulations.
AW Sprint TH 500 – Novasina
A cutting-edge laboratory instrument designed for precision in measuring water activity levels in various applications. This reliable unit operates within controlled temperature conditions ranging from 0℃ to 50 ℃, ensuring accurate assessments of cosmetic goods, foods, and dry pharmaceutical products. The unit comes complete with a power supply cable and PC software, facilitating seamless integration into laboratory workflows. Its robust design ensures long-term stability, utilizing the Novasina electrolytic sensor for hysteresis-free measurements.
Microwave Digestion System – Milestone
Represents an innovative solution for microwave sample preparation, with a specific focus on closed vessel microwave acid digestion. Designed with a stainless steel cavity boasting a 70-liter capacity, the ETHOS UP is equipped with two 950W magnetrons, providing efficient and uniform microwave heating. This system facilitates a broad spectrum of applications, including solvent extraction, high-temperature fusion, vacuum evaporation, organic and inorganic synthesis, and protein hydrolysis. Moreover, the closed vessel microwave acid digestion capability enhances safety and efficiency, making it an indispensable tool for quality control and research in food and beverage formulations.
Kjeldahl K-370 Nitrogen Tester
Coupled with essential accessories including the Buchi K-376 KjelSampler, Buchi scrubber B-414, and Buchi Digest Automat K-438, offers a robust and fully automatic solution for the Kjeldahl method. The K-370 features leading-edge multitasking software, offering a user-friendly interface for seamless operation. With electronic regulation of steam output from 30% to 100%, this nitrogen tester prioritizes safety and accuracy, making it an indispensable tool for food laboratories engaged in the quantitative determination of Nitrogen and Protein.
Applied Bio System – 7500 Fast RT PCR
These real-time PCR units are designed to support a myriad of applications crucial for the industry, including the rapid and precise detection of pathogens, genetic markers, and contaminants in food products. Given their minimal usage and current model status, these units offer a cost-effective entry point for quality control and research in food and beverage companies.
Raw milk machines ( Bentley – DairySpec Combi + Somacount FC )
An advanced and fully automatic solution for the precise determination of raw milk chemical composition and somatic cell count. This state-of-the-art instrument is designed to provide unparalleled accuracy and reliability, processing up to 300 samples per hour and delivering results for up to 64 parameters. It covers a comprehensive range of parameters including fat, protein, lactose, and solids, ensuring a thorough analysis of various milk types, making it versatile for different dairy operations. The instrument’s quick start-up and shut-down, taking less than 10 minutes, contribute to operational efficiency. One notable feature is its remarkable accuracy of less than 10%, ensuring dependable results for critical components in raw milk.
Built on the principles of Enzyme-Linked Fluorescent Assay, the Mini VIDAS is a fully automated immunoassay system renowned for its simplicity, flexibility, and reliability. It serves as an optimal entry point for start-up companies or businesses aiming to streamline pathogen testing processes, particularly for pathogens like salmonella and listeria. This machine not only stands as a cost-effective choice for companies entering the pathogen testing market but also assures the precision and convenience necessary to uphold rigorous quality standards.
Fueling innovation and progression
The longer the equipment remains inactive, the greater the financial implications on production schedules, inventory management, and customer orders. Thus, maintaining reserve or backup tools such as Circular equipment, can significantly minimize production loss and ensure continuity in research and operational processes.
For food and beverage companies committed to maximizing their technological resources, exploring the repurposing of lab equipment presents an array of opportunities. This dynamic exchange rejuvenates scientific assets and empowers resource-limited labs, fostering sustainability, innovation, and reduced environmental impact.
Join Us Today !
We bridge surplus sustainable scientific tools with their potential to revolutionize food and beverage research. This alliance isn’t just about tools; it propels sustainable scientific innovation in the industry, serving as a catalyst for progress.
Advantages of becoming our clients:
- Improved production efficiency
- Ensure product quality – coming from other accredited laboratories
- Enhanced research potential
- Economical back-ups
- Lower downtime cost
- Eco-friendly practice
By becoming our client, you harness the power of sustainable innovation, enabling the creation of products that resonate with conscientious consumers seeking quality and sustainability in their food choices.
Interested in used and under-utilised laboratory equipment? Or perhaps you have equipment that could find renewed purpose elsewhere? Get in touch now!
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