Food Technology Manufacturing Centre created by Food Research Institute Prague, Faculty for Food and Biochemical Technology of the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University , Prague (Department of Food and Chemical Machinery Design).
The food science together with the research of new technologies and equipment form an integral part of the future development of Czech food industry. The research now is limited to some private institutions, universities and one general institute of food research. Small and medium enterprises cannot afford its specialisation and instrumentation and pilot equipment which are very expensive. The research results should be before the application in industrial practice verified on the pilot plant facilities and scale up procedure should be done. Without pilot plant tests or mathematical modelling the research should be applied directly in industrial conditions which considerably enhance the risk of high costs if experiments are unsuccessful and it also induces a conceivable mistrust from the side of management of SME. It lead earlier to very limited (small step) innovations and development was limited to only similar producers used and experienced by the staff of the manufacturer. The new technologies cannot be tested at all.
This situation was the main reason which leads the organisations mentioned above to join and create the Food Technology Manufacturing Centre (further only Centre).
The main objective of the centre is a mutual co-operation in research and transfer of the findings of new food technologies and equipment to the Czech SME. The partners share people, rooms and equipment at simultaneous building-up a creative environment and strong economic and personal contacts between the state funded research institute and university research and between manufacturers.
The main orientation of the Centre is directed to the applied and precommercial research of the participating organisations carried out especially for SME having no or limited research background. The partners dispose of high-proficiency potential of scholars and experts, sufficient instrumentation that has been at present available in each of the participating organisations. The equipment are shared and thus enables selected processing operations of food technologies to be performed in pilot or full scale using model or real raw materials, semiproducts and final products.
The aim of activities of the Centre in future is to acquire further pilot plant top level equipment, e. g. By the establishment of reference demonstration laboratories (loans, lease, purchase with rabate) or by direct purchase using financial resources the Centre obtained by own activities, grant projects, sponsor donations etc. The Centre is an ideal place for the interconnection of basic, state funded and university research with research and development for the industrial practice. The Centre will simultaneously serve to quality enhancement of training within the framework of laboratory practice of students or for research project of Ph.D. students and for operators coming from industry.
If those students who are the future customers of equipment manufactures meet here with new equipment and recognise the commercial quality and reliability of it they will probably want to applied this type of machinery when they proceed into the industry as a leaders in food plant. Therefore, the Centre is an ideal place for equipment manufactures for shoving their pilot equipment. The Centre members invite them and provide them the place, laboratories, energy and other necessary facilities
Research activities of the Centre
Services and equipment offered by the Centre
Filtration and ultrafiltration:
Milling and sieving:
The parties interested in co-operation with the Centre can contact the leading staff of the individual organisations or directly the secretary of the Centre who will mediate the contact:
Research Institute Prague
of Food and Biochemical Technology of the Prague Institute of Chemical Technology
Mechanical Enginering of the Czech Technical University, Institute of Process Enginering
Food Research Institute Prague (VÚPP)
FOOD TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURING CENTRE (CPTT)
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