Roland Cocker - Articles and news items

The basis for a common approach

Issue 3 2005, Past issues  •  29 July 2005  •  Bo Boye Busk Jensen, FBE, BioCentrum-DTU, Hilde Cnossen, Jacques Kastelein, TNO Quality of Life and Roland Cocker, Cocker Consulting

Research continues in the area of hygienic engineering and design, particularly in innovative techniques using safe construction materials to develop functional as well as easily cleanable equipment for handling, processing and packing foodstuffs. This is the motivation behind the work of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG), which regularly publishes detailed guidelines and guidance on engineering aspects of food production.

Wanted: hygienic systems integration

Issue 2 2005, Past issues  •  3 May 2005  •  Dr. Lotte Dock Steenstrup, Dr. Alan Friis, BioCentrum-DTU, The Technical University of Denmark and Dr. Roland Cocker, Cocker Consulting, Netherlands

The demands that are placed on product and process within the food production industry are interconnected. Therefore, it is not appropriate to use a largely sequential approach to designing a production facility, where you first address the primary function of the product, i.e. product quality and then consider other issues such as safety, hygienic design, cleaning, flexibility and traceability. There is a need for integration of these issues, in order to make the best decisions and to balance the different needs.