LCGC Labs provides labs for the food industry. With our attention to detail and focus on customer satisfaction, we ensure that we complete all our projects in time to bring a smile on our customers faces. We value our customers time and money and focus on finishing our projects within deadlines. Tests are also done to validate every aspect of the design.
Packaging is an important aspect for food in the food industry, and often, attractive or catchy
packaging can significantly improve the value of a food product. Besides increasing the worth of the product, packaging also plays a role in ensuring that the food arrives safely in the hands of the customer. A damaged product can invariably result in a dissatisfied customer who is unlikely to purchase the product again.
Packages must provide basic isolation from shocks and vibrations during transportation and must be resistant to infestation or damage by rodents or insects that can contaminate food. For this purpose, packages are tested with shock testing, for the effects of stress and strain on the package as well as on the contents inside it. This includes upto how many packages can be stacked vertically at the warehouse or during transit. The package must not react with the food inside and must be capable of preserving the food for a period corresponding with the shelf life for the same. Cost of packaging is also an important factor in determining what kind of packaging a particular company may want to use for their product.
Food processing is when food from its source is made to undergo various procedures in order to make it fit for consumption or to extend its life. Processed food can be one of three main categories. Primary processing is when the grains are threshed, meat is cut or deboned, nuts are shelled etc. An example for secondary processing is the baking of bread. Tertiary food processing is what gives us snacks, chips, or other ready-to-eat foods.
The food industry deals with perishable goods. Rodents can enter and contaminate food, making it unfit for human consumption. Insects can also damage food and make it lose its aroma and quality. Many times, entire batches of food have to be discarded after they are contaminated in such a manner. Bad roads or transportation methods can also lead to shocks and vibrations that affect the quality of the product that reaches the consumers.
When food is processed on an industrial scale, care must be taken in order to prevent the loss of food. This is especially true with the growing concern of food shortages across the world. Refrigeration is one method of preserving food by storing it at low temperatures that slow down the decaying and aging effects due to bacterial action as well as internal chemical reactions within the food.
Refrigeration, however, requires large amounts of energy. Steps must be taken to reduce energy and water consumption wherever possible. To save on energy in these labs and plants, motion sensors can be implemented to switch off the lights in rooms when they are unoccupied.
Labs for the food industry may be required to cater to testing of the foods, the varios stages during the processing and for the testing of packages. For easily perishable fruits or vegetables, like tomatoes, the labs must be as close to the source of production as possible. This is to prevent the degradation of the fruit or vegetable before it reaches the labs.
For plants that deal with more than one product, it is essential to isolate the varios components to prevent mix ups. This is especially important as people who are allergic to any one of the ingredients in the product rely solely on the list of ingredients on the cover for protection. Keeping in mind that allergies may sometimes be life threatening, it is very important that the varios products have their respective paths and spaces in these plants.
Floors and surfaces in food industry labs must be easily cleanable and the materials used for slabs and flooring must be resistant to corrosion by water and chemicals. Popular materials for slab surfaces include stainless steel as it is easy to clean and does not rust. Usage of glass is usually avoided in food industry laboratories, as glass from an accidental breakage of glass can enter the food and cause the food to become unfit for consumption.
Good lighting and frequent monitoring in labs is key in maintaining the quality of analysis for food products and processes. For this purpose, labs must have sufficient space between various divisions or sections.
Land for laboratories must be bought keeping future expansion in mind. Such expansion can then easily be done at a later point when the need arises and when funds are sufficient.
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