J. Peter Clark

Pilot plants are generally relatively small scale operations in which new processes and products are tested and developed as a step in scale-up and commercialization, but they can also be used for teaching, research, and demonstration. Each of these missions has certain implications for designing and equipping a pilot plant. When more than one mission exists, some confusion can result.

Overall view of the pilot plant at Purdue University’s Dept. of Food Science.How Food Companies Use Them
Many food companies have had pilot plants for years, and certain traditions tend to …

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  1. Food Processing & Packaging