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FMC FoodTech Partners with CCS-Inc. to Showcase Productivity Solutions at the Food Automation and Manufacturing Conference and Exposition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 05, 2006 Food Automation and Manufacturing Conference and Exposition (FA&M) – FORT MEYERS, Fla., April 05, 2006 -

FMC FoodTech, the food industry’s leading technology and solutions provider, announced today it will partner with CCS-Inc., a provider of enterprise software and industrial computer hardware solutions tailored for the food industry, to feature productivity solutions next week at FA&M. The two companies will combine expertise to present unique software solutions, LINK Process Analysis, LINK Line Control, and Paperless Enterprise at the Sanibel Harbour Resort’s Solutions Theater on Monday, April 10th at 4:00 p.m. ET.

“Today’s processors are expected to diversify their product offerings, maintain product quality and assure food safety while at the same time reducing costs and increasing productivity,” said Gavin Clements, LINK product line manager for FMC FoodTech. “We’re aware of the pressures put on processors today and have partnered with CCS to discuss the solutions available to help meet these demands.”

At the seminar, FMC FoodTech will highlight key elements of their LINK software, LINK Process Analysis and LINK Line Control, which is designed to deliver substantial improvements in product uniformity, traceability and food safety while also increasing long-term productivity across the entire processing line. Both solutions are deployed in FMC FoodTech’s Food Processing Technology Center (FPTC) in Sandusky, Ohio, where processors can test their product in real-life conditions and observe the features and benefits of LINK firsthand.

LINK Process Analysis

LINK Process Analysis is a secure and robust solution which allows processors to capture relevant process and product data in electronic format and store it in one central location. It offers real-time, relational and historical reporting so processors can monitor and react immediately to process and product conditions, mine, analyze and find hidden data relationships, and benchmark production results from different time periods or batches.

Recently, FMC FoodTech worked with a leading international frozen food processor who sought an optimization tool for its flat-meat product line. LINK Process Analysis helped them to increase yield, decrease weight variation, optimize the use of their equipment and increase productivity.

“LINK Process Analysis puts processors in total control of the product and the process,” said Clements. “It uses statistical process analysis to determine cause-effect relationships so they understand how changes to the process can optimize the final product.”

LINK Line Control

LINK Line Control offers unified control over an entire process line. The software features line-speed synchronization for manual speed adjustment of each conveyor belt across the line, progressive stop functionality should faults interrupt a section of the belt and process line recipe management which greatly reduces set-up times and improves product consistency between batches. In addition, LINK Line Control offers central data collection, which allows process data from the entire line, real-time and historic, to be readily available at one central location.

Paperless Enterprise

CCS will be highlighting Paperless Enterprise at the FA&M seminar. A paperless quality solution, Paperless Enterprise enables companies to comply with regulatory bodies and reduce costs by improving production efficiency, increasing worker productivity and reducing waste. The data analysis tool is designed to provide real-time document management, HACCP/SOP management, and statistical process control throughout all levels of an organization.

“Processors today need a QA solution that is simple, accurate and efficient,” said Brent Wallen, sales manager, food solutions, CCS-Inc. “Paperless Enterprise will reduce the time spent collecting data and resolving erroneous information, allowing processors to focus on what’s most important—their customers.”

Please join FMC FoodTech and CCS-Inc., for an intriguing presentation about software processing solutions in the Solutions Theater of the Sanibel Harbour Resort on April 10th from 4:00-4:30 p.m. EST. For additional information about LINK or any other FMC FoodTech product lines, please visit www.fmcfoodtech.com. For questions about Paperless Enterprise or other CCS-Inc. products, please visit www.ccs-inc.com.


About FMC FoodTech

FMC FoodTech is an operating group of the FMC Technologies, Inc. and is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., USA. A market leader in the supply of technology solutions for the global food industry, FMC FoodTech offers integrated solutions across the entire food processing continuum from meat, seafood and poultry, to fruits and vegetables, beverages, juice and milk and convenience foods.

Wherever food is cooked, frozen, packaged, portioned, preserved, processed, squeezed or sterilized, FMC FoodTech provides superior technologies and services to the world's food processors–small and large. The company represents more than 30 highly respected product brand names including Frigoscandia Equipment, Stein, DSI, Citrus Systems, Food Processing Systems, FranRica, Allen Systems and PPM.

For more information on FMC FoodTech, visit the company’s Web site at www.fmcfoodtech.com.


About CCS-Inc.

CCS, Inc., based in Christiansburg, VA, is an ISO 9001:2000 certified business that works with customers to design and implement global technology solutions for the food and beverage, marine, manufacturing, communications, energy and utilities, and life sciences industries. CCS consists of three business units: CCS-Industrial and subsidiaries Envirosealed and QualTrax, Inc. CCS-Industrial provides industrial computer hardware, integration, design and engineering services for OEMs and industrial clients. Envirosealed produces computer and printer enclosures for use in harsh environments. QualTrax provides web-based document management software valuable for companies working in regulated industries that must comply with ISO, QS, FDA, HACCP, Sarbanes Oxley, or other regulatory guidelines. QualTrax greatly simplifies document/content management, workflow tracking and business/manufacturing process control.