Wenger Tech Center celebrates 50th anniversary
This year marks the 50th anniversary for the Wenger Technical Center, which coincides with a recent accreditation from the International Accreditation Service (IAS) for Testing Laboratories.
According to accreditation documents, the Wenger Tech Center has met the requirements for a number of American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) and American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) standards, including accredited tests for moisture measurement, starch gelatinisation analysis, phase transition analysis, and rapid viscosity analysis.
"This is just further verification of our ability to test and analyse anything from breakfast cereal and pet food to aquatic feed and textured vegetable protein products," says Rhonni Mitchell, tech center laboratory technician. "We have a wide range of testing equipment to aid us in analyzing raw materials and finished products, as well as nearly two dozen test procedures we can run within the lab."
Largest extrusion research lab in food and grain processing industries
Founded in 1965 as a research plant in which Wenger could demonstrate its equipment and develop new processes, the Wenger Technical Center has grown into a world-class facility for research and development. In 1985, the Wenger Technical Center was acclaimed as the most complete and largest extrusion research lab in the food and grain processing industries. Equipped with the latest in research and production scale extrusion and drying equipment, the center can assist with a wide range of services, including demonstrations, product planning and development, process evaluation and testing and lab analysis.
"Through the Technical Center, we've been able to share what we've learned as a company over the last 80 years and to help our customers develop new products and processes," says Lafe Bailey, co-CEO and president of sales and business development at Wenger. "However, it's not just about hardware and test facilities. We're able to help customers weave their way through the process much faster than they could do it alone. Plus, our technicians assist with the interpretation of results, help track product quality and even help set up the process, transferring technology to the customer's facility."
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