Processing Division Newsletter March 2013
Thank you for your membership in the Processing Division, the largest Division within AOCS. Your support is appreciated and your ideas and suggestions welcome.
The 2013 Annual Meeting will be held in the nearby border province of Québec—Montréal to be exact, April 28-May 1. Please brush up on your French before boarding the plane. We look forward to increased attendance this year and have endeavored to offer topical presentations—in Technical Sessions throughout the week and via the Exhibitors Session on Wednesday morning.
The Processing Division will host a one-night Hospitality Suite from 6-10, Monday, April 29, in the Westin Hotel. Sponsors to date for the event are AWT, Buhler, Crown Iron, DeSmet Ballestra, Oil-Dri, Optek, GEA Westfalia, and BASF. Please plan to attend before, during or after dinner—we’d like to see you.
The Processing Division Luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 30 with a Keynote Speaker from the Canola Council of Canada and award presentations for Honored Student and Distinguished Service. Also on Tuesday afternoon we will hold our Roundtable from 5-6 pm. This is a planning session for the 2014 Annual Meeting so please bring your ideas and suggestions.
For those who want a more detailed comprehensive look at processing technology, there is a Fundamentals of Edible Oil Processing Short Course offered on Saturday, in addition to various other Short Course offerings on both Saturday and Sunday.
It’s a full schedule and we’d like to recognize Vice-Chairman of the Division, Greg Hatfield for his efforts as the Meeting Technical Chairman—good work, sir.
On the “other news” front, the Processing Division recently donated $5000 to IOMSA for a project to digitize the Oil Mill Gazetteer, from the 1890s to present. The work is being done at Texas A&M. The recent elections saw Roberto Berbesi continue as Secretary/Treasurer, Greg Hatfield as Vice-Chairman and Ted Neuman –Chairman. The offices are limited to one year, so we will definitely need more volunteers for 2014.
We continue to need more input from the membership for improvements to the Division itself and suggestions on how to increase the attendance at the Annual Meeting. Throughout the year the Processing Division sends at least 2 Newsletters to its members via the AOCS website. We encourage you to read them and let the Board know if we’re meeting the expectations.
Ted Neuman, Chairman
Technical Sessions 2013 Annual Meeting & Expo
Monday PM, April 29
Co-Chairs: Timothy Hitchman (DSM Food Specialties) & Barry Gursky (Oil-Dri Corp. of America)
Tuesday AM, April 30
Hexane-Free Oil Extraction (Green Extraction) - Joint session with the Protein and Co-Products Division
Co-Chairs: Feral Temelli (University of Alberta) & David Balke (BioExx Specialty Proteins Ltd.)
Tuesday PM, April 30
Plant Operations/Safety/Food Safety
Co-Chairs: Vishal Jain (Bunge, USA) & Randolph Sidoo (Richardson Oilseed Ltd.)
Wednesday AM, May 1
Co-Chairs: Farah Skold (Solex Thermal Science Inc.) & Theodore Neuman (GEA Mechanical Equipment US Inc.)
Wednesday PM, May 1
Co-Chairs: Paul Scott (GEA Mechanical Equipment Canada Inc.) & John Mulholland (N Hunt Moore & Associates Inc.)
Inform 2012/2013 Processing Related Articles
Efficient recovery of tocopherols from vegetable oils
Optimized stripper/deodorization technology and improved scrubber design can generate extra revenue by producing tocopherol-rich deodorizer distillates during the physical refining of soybean oil.
Improving sustainability in oils processing by fatty acid recovery
The enzymatic conversion of fatty acids back to triglycerides during oil processing offers significant improvement in yields. Modeling shows there is a concurrent reduction in CO2 production that is directly released to the starting level of free fatty acids in the oil.
A novel green catalytic process for biodiesel production from jatropha
Production of biodiesel from crude jatropha oil on industrial scale by using an environmentally green direct single-step heterogeneous-catalyzed process.
“Super phos” esters: the key to higher-performance products
Robert L. Reierson (winner of the 2012 Samuel Rosen Memorial Award) describes how phosphation process control makes it possible to systematically design and adjust product composition to deliver maximum performance, achieve competitive advantage, and even gain patent protection.
Tiger in the tank
Biodiesel produced from animal fats has a better impact on greenhouse gas emission than vegetable oil. Article examines the challenges posed by processing this feedstock, as well as different national interpretation of EU regulations.
Making the most of algal biomass with pyrolysis
Researchers (Iowa State University) examine the commercial feasibility of the process for using algal biomass. With catalytic pyrolysis conversion, every component of algal biomass can be used to produce fuels and chemicals.
The growth of biobased metalworking fluids
To keep up with the growing demand for metalworking fluids (MWF) that are made from renewable resources, formulators are developing biobased products that, that, in many cases, perform as well as or better than conventional MWF at a comparable price.
Algae for Fuel: May be unsustainable says NRC
Scaling up biofuels production made from algae to meet at 5% of US transportation needs using current technologies and knowledge, would place unsustainable demands on energy, water and nutrients.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) function and metabolism in the nervous system
Article deals with DHA’s presence in the brain, the effects of depletion and repletion, and benefits throughout the life cycle.
How to save water in oilseed processing
Reducing water use can improve the sustainability of any operation and save money as well. The article teaches how to identify practical water-saving opportunities at your plant, find out what other plants are doing, and get some handy tips for conducting a water use and consumption study.
Continuous crystallization: The next big thing in palm oil fractionation
Continuous crystallization is widely regarded as an appealing way to reduce energy consumption during fractionation. Now that the technology has become affordable and is in full-scale operation at some industrial plants, the technical and performance advantages are just starting to be realized.
The globalization of oils and fats
World usage of fats and oils has risen rapidly during the past quarter. While globalization has helped meet the growing demand for fats and oils, production deficits in some countries have created supply and demand imbalances that require active balancing through international trade. Ensuring long-term adequate supply of this essential food staple will require a new “green revolution” similar to the one that occurred during the 1950s for grains.