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Thermal Processing Lab

pH meterThe Thermal Processing Lab is located in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in Seaton Hall. Its mission is to educate food processors, evaluate larger-scale food formulations, and provide first-hand experience with typical processing equipment. It is also a research and teaching facility for food engineering and related disciplines.

In its role as a pilot plant, the Thermal Processing Lab offers processors an opportunity to:

  • Develop new products;
  • Test thermal processes;
  • Scale up operations; and
  • Run market test-size batches.

The Thermal Processing Lab allows operators to process their products from the raw stage through to the packaged, finished stage, and affords them a less-expensive opportunity to test their products and processing methods before making large investments. Additionally, Extension specialists are available to provide technical assistance on value-added products.

Scheduling of the Thermal Processing Lab is on a first come, first served basis. As part of K-State Research and Extension, the Lab does not compete with other processing facilities, and charges a nominal fee to partly cover the costs for processing and equipment use. Facility tours and office consultations are available.

Equipment/Instruments

  • Kettles (2, 3, 40 gallon)
  • Freeze dryer
  • Piston filling machine
  • Drum dryer
  • Steam blancher
  • Spray dryer
  • Steam exhauster
  • Tray dryer
  • Can seamer
  • Pulper finisher
  • Retort Lye peeler
  • Rotary batch roaster
  • Rotary popper
  • Spray enrober
  • Cold storage
  • Temperature, pH, moisture measurement
  • Jet cooking system
  • Data acquisition

For More Information

Dr. Aramouni, Fadi<br/>
Dr. Fadi Aramouni
Animal Sciences & Industry
216D Call Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : (785) 532-1668
aramouni@ksu.edu