Food Processing Engineer: Extraction, Flash Drying, Fish Oil, and Natural Products

Technical Consultant #1958


Expertise

  • Food engineering, processing and food packaging.
  • Extraction equipment and methods of isolating natural products.
  • Engineering and facilities solvent extraction and concentration of plant source products.
  • Development and process design for extraction of oil from aqua-cultured products and salmon processing waste.
  • Design of flash drying system.
  • Edible oils extraction and refining.
  • Process engineering, commissioning, evaluation trials and upgrading of fishmeal drying process.
  • Engineering and technical feasibility studies.
  • Plant layouts, upgrading, PFD development, heat and mass balance calculations.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Consultant, 1996 - Present

Owner and Senior Consultant

Projects

  • Process development and design for extraction of antioxidant concentrates from blueberry and cranberry pomace.
  • Engineering study: Capital cost estimate, sourcing of equipment. Overseeing of purchase, setup and commissioning of process in modular semi-portable format.
  • Feasibility Study: Soybean expeller and biodiesel manufacturing project in Nova Scotia.
  • Process Engineering: Equipment and piping layouts for fish gelatin manufacturing plant expansion and improvements on existing systems.
  • Process engineering study: Refining, hydrogenation, deodorizing, esterification and votating of jojoba and macadamia nut oils for cosmetic ingredients.
  • Development and design of process for extraction of oil from and enzyme hydrolysis of aquaculture salmon processing waste.
  • Preliminary design and feasibility study, marine edible oil refining and fatty acid concentrate plant.
  • Preliminary design and cost estimate for seal oil rendering and refining, (2 Projects).
  • Process design and layouts, utility and piping, plant for solvent and concentration of plant source medicinal products.
  • Recovery of effluents in fish reduction including applications for environmental permit approvals.
  • Plant redesign: Design of flash drying system, capacity increase of existing dryer for potato starch plant.

RPC, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, Senior Food Engineer, 1989 - 1996

  • Under contract for a research and development organization: Carried out miscellaneous technical and process engineering projects for food, aquaculture and fish processing industries.

Projects

  • Participated in CIDA, Canadian International Development Agency) sponsored project, to develop Surimi and minced fish products for the ASEAN, region (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in Singapore and Philippines.
  • HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) Studies, plant layout.
  • Design, costing and retrofit layout of margarine and dairy spread process.
  • Plant design and quality assurance plan for clam depuration.
  • Production line design for canned and retorted pet foods.
  • Scale-up studies of fatty acid concentration processes for pharmaceutical end products.
  • Technical assessment and preliminary process design of fish oil fatty acid concentration.

Undisclosed Company, 1984 - 1989

Owner and Senior Engineer, (Process Engineering to Food and Related Industries)

Projects

  • Industry study of fishmeal and oil manufacture in Atlantic, Canada.
  • Cod liver oil rendering and refining engineering study.
  • Mass balance, capital and operating cost estimates.
  • Scale-up studies of fatty acid concentration processes for pharmaceutical end products.
  • Pilot scale pasteurization study for underutilized crab species.
  • Evaluation of spinflash drying system for specialty fishmeal.
  • Study of concentration of fish waste digestion product by evaporation, process equipment recommendation.
  • Plant design and quality assurance plan for clam depuration.
  • Processing trials: Supercritical processing of redfish oil and skins.
  • Production line design for canned, retorted pet foods.
  • Feasibility study for freshwater fishmeal plant.
  • Technology survey: Facility upgrading study, QMP plan development for a crab processor.

Farmers Co-op Dairy ltd., Elmsdale Foods Division, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1979 - 1984

Plant manager

  • Mixed spreads, margarine, shortening, vegetable oil, cheese cutting and packaging line.
  • Established standard operating procedures, raw material and finished product specifications,yield and loss monitoring systems for several plants.
  • Installed and commissioned processes for manufacture of several new products (soft margarine, cake and doughnut shortenings, butter/margarine spreads).
  • Carried out building improvements, boiler and refrigeration system improvements, new packaging equipment installation, and processing equipment installations.
  • Superintendent of farmers' aseptic juice and UHT milk plant at Bedford, N.S.

Nestle Canada ltd., Ontario, Canada, Senior Process Engineer, 1973 - 1979

  • Processes carried out at this location: Cannery; instant coffee extraction, concentration, drying, packaging; chocolate and other flavored drink powders manufacturing and packaging.
  • Duties: Carry out process engineering projects and technical support duties.

Projects

  • Co-ordination of a major renovation of the plant waste treatment facility, from pilot tests to start-up.
  • Conducted a major study of the plant water and steam system and recommend improvements.
  • Analysis of spray drying system to upgrade air flow system.
  • Installation of centrifuge, distillation and concentration equipment for processing of instant coffee.
  • Installation and start-up of various packaging line equipment.
  • Statistical analysis of product net weight performance for all products, leading to a number of packaging line renovations.
  • Investigation of alternate processes for powdered drink manufacture, including attendance and evaluation of process trials.

Canadian Vegetable Oil Processing, (Division of Canada Packers Ltd.), Ontario Canada, 1968 - 1973

Filling all positions: Chief Chemist, Process Engineer and Production Supervisor

  • Responsible for operation of the quality control laboratory and routine control analyses of all products of a 1000 TPD soybean and canola processing plant.

Projects

  • Designed and built a new plant laboratory.
  • Developed and started production of a line of refined lecithin products.
  • Engineering for an expanded lecithin refinery.
  • Assisting with engineering of a new soybean oil extraction and meal processing line.
  • Headed projects associated with handling, storage and drying of soybeans.
  • Engineering for new expanded drying and cooling equipment for meal.

Canada Packers Ltd., Edible Oils Division, Ontario Canada, 1965 - 1968

Oil Chemist and Oil Laboratory Supervisor

  • Processed animal, vegetable and fish oils into margarines, shortening, salad and frying oils of 1,000 tons a week edible oil refinery.
  • Responsible for laboratory methodology, quality testing of product throughout manufacture, issuing of product formulas and processing instructions, provision of troubleshooting assistance.
  • Developed thorough knowledge of low temperature rendering, alkali and steam refining, bleaching, hydrogenation, deodorization, interesterification, margarine/shortening solidification and packaging.
  • Co-ordinated installation of a process for manufacture of propylene glycol ester based emulsifiers.
  • Extraction of natural products.
  • Agricultural and fishery by-products processes.
  • Mass and energy balances.
  • Edible oils extraction refining.
  • Engineering and technical feasibility studies.
  • Plant layouts and upgrading.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

Focused Studies

  • Short Course - Vegetable Oil Processing (Refresher), Texas A & M University.
  • Insta-Pro Soybean Processing Workshop. Insta-Pro Inc., Des Moines.
  • Sanitary Design - a Practical Perspective, Guelph Food Technology Centre.
  • Design of Recirculating Water Systems, Canadian Aquaculture Institute.
  • Short Course - Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods, Texas A & M University.
  • Oleochemicals Short Course, AOCS, Cincinnati.
  • Thesis: Pilot Plant Study of Herring Oil Refining.

Licenses

  • Professional Engineer-P.E. (Maine)
  • Professional Engineer-P.E. (Province of New Brunswick)
  • Professional Engineer-P.E. (Province of Nova Scotia)

Languages

  • Fluent in English.
  • Limited Fluency in French.

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • American Oil Chemists' Society
  • Former Director, Vaccinium Technologies Inc.
  • Chemical Consultants' Network of AIC and AIChE
  • Atlantic (Canada) Food and Beverage Processors' Association
  • Atlantic Advisory Committee on Food Processing and Engineering

Education

  • M. Eng. Chem. Eng., Dalhousie University., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • B. Eng. Chem. Eng., Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • C.A.S. Applied Science, Acadia University, Wolfville, Canada
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