Ohio food processing industry gets help with new program

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TOLEDO — The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership is developing a program to help 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, and MAGNET in Cleveland, will jointly offer their services to food and food equipment companies that are seeking to improve their productivity, increase their profitability, and expand their business performance.

What’s available

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:

• Concept development

• Detailed engineering and design services

• Concept evaluation

• Machine construction

• Prototyping

With more than 20 years of experience servicing the food and food equipment sectors, CIFT has the network of experts who understand the regulatory, safety, and sanitation requirements of the food industry.

They 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.

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.

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