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Future-Proofing Your Equipment: The AFE 10-Year Warranty

In the food industry, manufacturing professionals are always looking for ways to ensure the long-term functionality of their equipment and systems. In response to that need, your partners at Advanced Food Equipment are proud to offer a very special service to our clients: our exclusive AFE Ten-Year Warranty. This industry-unmatched warranty on our welded enclosure freezers guarantees that your equipment will be fully protected for a full ten years, no matter what happens.

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Sealed By Steel: The Advantages of Stainless Steel for Food Processing

Stainless steel has become an increasingly popular choice for food production equipment in recent years. There are many advantages in using stainless steel for food processing–including durability, corrosion resistance, and anti-bacterial properties. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at each of these benefits and more.

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Blast Freezer inhibits bacterial growth

Fighting The Good Fight: How AFE Systems Inhibit Bacterial Growth

Microorganisms and bacteria may be small, but they are responsible for billion-dollar losses each year to the food industry. Far worse is the human cost— bacterial infections caused by Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Escherichia Coli are responsible for 9 out of 10 food-borne diseases in the world today. It is vitally important that science equip the food industry with the ability to inhibit bacterial growth.

Fortunately, multiple technologies (both physical and chemical) have been developed to control unwanted microorganisms in food production and storage.

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What is the Purpose of a Food Safety Management System?

Food safety management is vitally important for protecting people from foodborne disease or injury related to food consumption. Such dangers are a major threat to food businesses and affect consumers all over the world, and the controlled mitigation of these threats is the very purpose of a Food Safety Management System.

The World Health Organization estimates that up to 600 million people contract foodborne illnesses each year, out of which at least 420,000 people die. Everyone’s health and well-being are directly connected to the need for superior hygiene in how our food is handled.

A Food Safety Management System is a structured process for overseeing food production and usage, ensuring that food is produced and maintained to a quality standard that keeps it safe to eat. It should take into account and fully define each step of the production process, identifying any possible risks and emplacing specific controls to ensure safety.  

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HTST Pasteurization: The Process, Benefits, Equipment

HTST pasteurization, short for “high-temperature, short-term” pasteurization, is the most common method used to extend the shelf life of many food products and beverages. It’s also called flash pasteurization.

Heating foods and liquids at high temperatures for a short amount of time effectively slows the growth of microbes and kills harmful bacteria, such as Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella. The process is highly effective and efficient for the pasteurization of bulk products and milk and dairy products. Food products sterilized by HTST typically have low to medium viscosity.

It’s essential that your food processing equipment be hygienic to retain the benefits of HTST.

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Ready for International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) 2022

Advanced Food Equipment is excited to join the more than 1,000 exhibitors from all over the globe who will exhibit at IPPE 2022 Jan. 25-27 in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This is one of the most important international fairs in the food production and food processing industry.

AFE will be showcasing its latest technological developments in industrial freezing and cooling equipment, helping to provide exceptionally hygienic solutions for the poultry, beef, pork, seafood, fruits and vegetables, and dairy industries, as well as others. AFE’s state-of-the-art technologies help companies avoid costly downtime. Furthermore, our blast freezers can operate at a lower capacity to save electricity and offer advanced hygienic features.

Visit AFE at Booth C11353

Join the more than 25,000 visitors expected to arrive at Georgia World Congress Center and seek us out at Booth C11353. While we’re proud of the outstanding industrial freezer equipment service we provide, the personal relationships we form with our customers have enabled us to enjoy global success. We’d love to meet you at this show and learn about the needs of your company.

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Hygienic and Sanitary Design for Improved Food Processing

When food processors commit to improved equipment hygiene, they mitigate the risk of product recalls, food waste, costly downtime, damaged reputation, and, most importantly, they mitigate the risk to consumer health.

What is your OEM doing to inhibit bacteria from forming and harboring in equipment? Let’s look at ways manufacturers can better prevent bacteria harborage.

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Spiral Freezers: A Location Option for IQF Freezers

Limited Space for  IQF Freezers? An AFE Spiral Freezer is a Great Solution

You have a need to expand and need a bigger industrial freezer, or need an additional processing line with a new freezer.  However, you just don’t have the floor space for a freezer that takes up 900+ square feet.  Have you ever thought about a freezing solution that is placed outside?  AFE has provided several freezing solutions that are placed outside to allow greater production floor space inside the facility.  With that, AFE’s designs ensure that your external freezer is more than capable of withstanding the outside environment while providing the highest standards in proper product freezing.

AFE uses state-of-the-art fabrication technologies including laser cutting, robotic welding, and various CNC machines to manufacturer its spiral freezers. So much precision goes into our equipment that some in the industry call us the “BMW of spiral freezers.”

AFE provides customized sizing for all applications.  Contrary to the standard thinking, customizing is not more expensive, but ensures you are not buying more freezer than you need. Let’s explore the different types of spiral freezers and how AFE can meet your needs. Continue reading

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Why You Need Clean In Place (CIP) Systems For Spiral Freezers and IQF Tunnels

Food processing facilities and food processors must be vigilant about hygiene. Their business depends on it.  For decades, Advanced Food Equipment (AFE) has helped food processing operations maintain sanitation with the most hygienic and efficient Individual Quick Freezing (IQF) freezers and cooling equipment for all kinds of food products. AFE’s comprehensive Clean In Place systems for spiral freezers and IQF tunnels provide easy-to-operate, automated washing capabilities that save money and help eliminate downtime.

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Top 5 Reasons for Freezer Preventive Maintenance

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An AFE service technician performs freezer preventive maintenance by inspecting a Gearmotor, bearing, sprocket alignment, and shaft inspection.

We all know the benefits of preventive maintenance and its role in preventing or limiting potential future issues or breakdowns. Simpler, less involved tasks that are completed today can help avoid complex, more expensive tasks in the future.

Proper maintenance will increase equipment reliability, reduce unscheduled downtime, loss of production, and other associated costs for emergency repairs.  Simply stated, your company can establish a more effective method of managing maintenance within your facility.

An AFE Service Contract is an effective maintenance plan that can offer your food processing operation the following benefits:

  1. Maintain Operation Readiness
  2. Less Equipment Failure
  3. Maintain Personnel and Equipment Safety
  4. Continued Freezing Consistency of Your Products(s)
  5. Maximize Hygiene Control with Systems Having CIP and Other Cleaning Functions

Today, let’s explore the first benefit of having an AFE Service Contract. Continue reading

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