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Conference Targets Needs Of Food And Beverage Industry

Milton, ON -- SKF Canada Ltd. held a Food & Beverage Conference at the Rattlesnake Point Golf Club in Milton, ON, in October as part of its Solution Street series of presentations. Maintenance and...


December 1, 2008
By Bill RoeBuck

Milton, ON — SKF Canada Ltd. held a Food & Beverage Conference at the Rattlesnake Point Golf Club in Milton, ON, in October as part of its Solution Street series of presentations. Maintenance and engineering specialists from Ontario’s food and beverage industry were invited to learn about the company’s innovations and its latest developments.

Topics covered included energy and water reduction solutions; overall plant maintenance optimization; processing by removal of heat (freezing and chilling process); processing by application of heat (baking, grilling, frying, sterilizing); and wet, contaminated and abrasive environments.

Presentations covered detailed industry- specific information, including, application- specific challenges and solutions, industry trends, maintenance issues, and market data and potential. They included case studies that demonstrated positive return on investment from varitold ous industry solutions that have been implemented globally.

Many products from SKF’s five main platforms were covered, although there was a strong emphasis on bearings. “Bearings and bearing units represent 70% of our business,” said SKF Canada president Joo Ricciarelli. That said, he added that SKF’s strategy “is to fit into the customer’s strategy.”

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Jean Christophe Brossard, manager of SKF’s food and beverage segment, the audience of about 30 end users about how the company strives to understand their diverse market and its various aspects of preparation, processing and post-processing. “Food and beverage is the largest manufacturing industry in most provinces,” he noted.

Displays at the conference were tailored to the specific industry as well, and included focused products from SKF as well as hands-on demonstrations by its industry experts.


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