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January 30, 2019

(Cincinnati, OH) – Single Phase Power Solutions introduces the world’s first 100 hp single-phase electric motor.  The Belle Single-Phase Motor™ uses Written-Pole® technology to deliver a 100 hp single-phase motor that is compatible with readily-available single-phase utility services.  The utility-friendly starting and operating characteristics provided through the use of Written-Pole® technology minimize voltage sags and flicker on long single-phase distribution lines. Ideal for industrial applications in areas where three-phase power is not readily available or cost-effective, this revolutionary technology eliminates the need for phase converters or complex variable frequency drive installations.

Featuring a totally-enclosed fan-cooled design in a cast iron frame, this proven design is suitable for indoor or outdoor installation in some of the most demanding environments and applications.  Rated as a 100 hp, 460 v, 1800 rpm electric motor, this innovative design delivers 95.5% efficiency at rated load with a near-unity power factor.  The NEMA 449T frame motor weighs about 2,700 pounds and draws just 170 amps at full load.

The motor windings are fabricated using high-grade copper and Class H insulation materials similar to those used in premium three-phase electric motors.  The revolutionary design eliminates brushes, slip-rings and internal rotary switches, ensuring superior performance and reliability under harsh conditions.

 Available in ratings from 30 - 100 hp, Belle Motors™ are ideal for many industrial, agricultural, mining, municipal, and oil& gas applications such as pumps, compressors, injection wells, as well as blowers, fans, dryers, water & wastewater processing and more.  

Low Starting Current

The starting current draw of a Belle Motor™ is less than two times its rated full-load current, resulting in a starting demand that is less than 1/4 of conventional single or three-phase electric induction motor.  The soft-start design, accomplished without reduced-voltage starting, dramatically increases the maximum horsepower rating that may be started and operated on rural single-phase utility distribution systems. 

Energy Efficiency

Due to their synchronous operation, Belle Motors™ achieve levels of energy efficiency comparable to premium-efficiency three-phase motors, reducing energy bills and operating costs when compared to three-phase motors operated with phase-converters or stationary diesel engines often used to power rural applications. 

Each factory-assembled and tested, industrial-grade Belle Motor™ Control Panel contains all the control components required to start and operate a Belle Motor™.  Their simple design and spacious outdoor rated control cabinet allow for easy field installation using local electricians.  High-grade industrial control components are used in a capacitor start/run configuration that uses intelligent logic to optimize starting and running performance.  Over-temperature, under-speed and over-load protection supported by intelligent diagnostics are also included as standard features in every control panel, further easing installation and ensuring long-term reliability in the field.

Flexible Operation

The inherent soft-start characteristics of Belle Motors™ provide low starting demands and flexible starting characteristics that are compatible with utility power quality requirements. The low in-rush, soft-start design allows many high inertia loads to be started without overheating and support the capability for instantaneous restarts following momentary power interruptions without risking damage to driven equipment.

Stationary Engine Replacement

A Belle Motor™ can serve as a cost-effective replacement of stationary engines used to power many rural applications.  The ability to use readily available single-phase utility services for electric motors up to 100 hp allows for a 50-75% reduction in energy costs, simplified environmental compliance, reduced maintenance requirements and superior long-term performance. Re-fueling schedules and monitoring are no longer a concern when using Belle Motors™.

Single Phase Power Solutions manufactures the world’s only large horsepower single phase motor.  Their use of patented Written-Pole® technology delivers a robust and reliable solution for many agricultural, industrial, municipal, oil & gas, and emerging market applications requiring large horsepower motors. This capability frees customers from the restrictions of only having access to a single-phase power line.  In addition to a full range of Belle Motors™ from 30 to 100 hp, Single-Phase Power Solutions also manufactures a 1-to-3 MicroGrid solution that generates clean, high-quality three-phase power from a single-phase line for packaged equipment requiring a three-phase power source.  For additional information visit www.sppowersoluitons.com, or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Single Phase Power Solutions, LLC, 5460 Muddy Creek Road, Cincinnati, OH,  45238, or call (877) 430-5634. 

 
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January 24, 2019

As manufacturers in Asia-Pacific (APAC) are embarking on a growing trend of adding liquid nitrogen to beverages to create a unique consumption experience for consumers, especially millennials, who are open to experimenting with new and innovative offerings,

Shagun Sachdeva, Consumer Insights Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers her views on the potential opportunities in the nitrogen infused food and beverages (F&B) sector:

“Curiosity has emerged as the key driver of appetite for nitrogen-infused beverages, further fed by higher exposure to social media in APAC. Millennials, who are tech-savvy and experimental, appreciate products which deliver an element of surprise. This willingness and desire to experiment creates opportunities for brands to ‘premiumize’ by offering unusual and innovative products, which consumers are often ready to pay a premium price for.

“The use of liquid nitrogen in beverages has not only augmented the ability of beverage-makers to amaze and inspire consumers but also opened up revenue generating possibilities for foodservice outlets such as coffee shops and cafes. Coffee brewers are replacing dairy ingredients with nitrogen gas as it mimics the mouth feel that dairy ingredients can provide. Whereas, in ready-to-drink coffee category, nitrogen gas offers creamy taste without adding calories or animal-based ingredients, making products appropriate for consumers pursuing a vegan diet.

“For instance, companies such as Imbibe are using nitrogen to elevate the flavor profile of its beverages like tea, coffee and beers as consumers are getting intrigued by the velvety and luxurious texture that nitrogen infusions provide in beverages. In May 2018, the company collaborated with Ball Corporation to use its Widget Inside can technology in developing innovative nitrogen-infused beverages. In June 2018, Starbucks Thailand unveiled its first Asian four-tap draft nitro coffee system, which delivers Starbucks Cold Brew and nitrogen-infused Starbucks Cold Brew, tea and milk.

“Manufacturers are executing distribution and partnership agreements with local companies in APAC to address market demand for nitrogen-infused beverages in the region. However, nitrogenation is an expensive process and liquid nitrogen is a tricky ingredient to work with as unlike most food ingredients, it poses significant health risks if not handled with care and consumed carefully. In addition, the regulatory language of using liquid nitrogen in F&B sector is ambiguous and liquid nitrogen has run into issues in the beverage market in the past. Therefore, it is imperative for the makers of beverages infused with liquid nitrogen to find ways to prevent such outcomes with products that are safe and sustainable.”

 
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Milwaukee (January 22, 2019) – American Pasteurization Company (APC), a national leader in High Pressure Processing (HPP), has acquired FreshCo Foods, a Milwaukee-based, end-to-end co-manufacturer of premium and specialty food products. As part of the acquisition, FreshCo has been renamed APC Manufacturing.

APC Manufacturing was founded in 2017 and has been adding capabilities and expanding its portfolio of business for the past year. The company has three CIA-trained chefs who work with clients on all aspects of product development – from concept creation and testing to packaging development and production. APC Manufacturing’s packaging capabilities currently include bag, squeeze pouch and container filling of almost any shape or size and induction seal application.

"APC Manufacturing was originally established as a stand-alone company to provide co-packing services to clients of APC. Its rapid growth has required an infusion of capital that’s best delivered by APC,” says Justin Segel, co-founder and CEO of American Pasteurization Company. “APC Manufacturing operates in the same building as APC, so it’s been an easy ownership transition.”

APC Manufacturing currently produces a variety of products, including: hummus; fresh salsa and pico de gallo; salad dressing; baby food; macaroni & cheese; soups and stews; mashed potatoes and potato sides; stuffing; pasta salads; fresh salads such as tuna and chicken; sauces and marinades; and pesto and marinara.

APC Manufacturing is also capable of co-packing guacamole and avocado-based products, fresh pasta and cooked pasta dishes, legume and bean dishes, grain and rice dishes, coleslaw and a variety of fresh dips.

“APC Manufacturing clients can take advantage of a full-service, turnkey process that provides co-packing and timely HPP services within the same facility,” says Segel. “Having manufacturing and HPP under one roof allows product to get into HPP faster, ensures the cold chain is maintained and eliminates an additional freight cost.”

The majority of APC Manufacturing’s clients also utilize high pressure pasteurization provided by APC. HPP is a cold pasteurization technique where products that are already sealed in their final package are pasteurized by applying extreme hydrostatic pressure. HPP kills bacteria that can cause spoilage and food-borne illness and greatly extends a product’s shelf life. Applying HPP to foods and beverages – rather than heat pasteurization or synthetic preservatives – results in products that have a fresher taste and better appearance, texture and nutritional composition.

In addition to HPP, APC offers a variety of assembly services, including: lid application; date code application; product shrink sleeving and labeling; multi-pack building; banding; and box, carton and sleeve erecting and packing.

Within the past year, APC has also added a direct-to-consumer shipping program. This service picks items from a customer’s online order, packs product in cooler boxes and ships the order directly to the consumer’s door.

“As more and more consumers migrate to online food shopping, we’ve established ourselves as a fulfillment and shipping partner for our clients,” says Segel.

Segel, who has 40-plus years of experience in food manufacturing, founded APC in Milwaukee in 2004 with a partner. Since then, the company has grown to 250 employees and operates at its Milwaukee location out of an 140,000-square-foot facility equipped with six HPP machines. In 2012, APC opened a second location in Sacramento, Calif., where it operates two HPP machines. Through a partnership with Bainbridge Beverage Co., APC also offers beverage manufacturing and bottling, including cold-pressed juicing, coffee and tea brewing, and an assortment of other premium beverage and bottled food manufacturing. 

Since 2004, APC has been applying HPP to an increasing variety of food products, such as cooked and raw meats, cold-pressed juice, cold-brewed coffee and other premium beverages, salsas, hummus, guacamole, dips, soups, dressings, sauces, cheese, seafood, egg and dairy products, as well as baby food and children’s foods.

 

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