Category Archives: Engineering

Trick-or-Treat: Is Your Supplier Giving Out Treats?


We’re full of treats without the tricks, see the funny note and see why we’re a safe & ideal choice to be your supplier. So click this and see if we’re the sanitary stainless OEM for you – Happy Halloween!


Creepy Crawlies? Control or kill your bugs with Koss Industrial as your OEM!

Creepy Crawlies? Control Or Kill Your Bugs!

The right bugs need to carefully cared for, the wrong bugs needs to exterminated.  Click the link to scroll through this seasonally-funny story to learn how Koss Industrial can help with pasteurising bacterial microbes and also with safely developing and maintaining your starter cultures in tanks, or in fully or partially automated systems!
Creepy Crawlies?

Do You Have Mad Scientists?

They’re fun Halloween costume ideas…Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde, Lex Luthor, Doc Brown, and so many other rabidly driven scientists, eccentric engineers, crackpot inventors, or indefatigable innovators – they’re all great, but we want to know about your Mad Scientists.

Do you have actual scientists who are angry? …or are your “Mad Scientists” impulsive experimenters on the plant floor?

Whether your plant has upset scientists or an exuberant innovator on the floor (who is filled with unbridled passion to experiment and try new things) – Koss Industrial can help you optimize your process and work with your Mad Scientists.

…if your scientists are truly mad (…as in insane, unhinged, deranged, or just plain loopy), then you have our sympathies (and you should probably try to stay on their good side)!

Manage the Mad Scientist on your floor.

Prevent the “Mad Scientists” on the floor from following ineffective impulses and ideas – record & report chemical use.

You see it happening…again.

Your “Mr. Clean” has the best intentions…his logic appears to be:
“If I use a half gallon today, then a whole gallon tomorrow will work even better! Probably twice as fast!!”

Sound familiar? We know what happens. Adding more cleaning solution is rarely the answer. If we use twice as much detergent, our clothes aren’t twice as clean after washing, but your “Mr. Clean” doesn’t  believe that…and you’re buying twice as much chemical.

Whether you are making ice cream or you’re cleaning equipment – KOSS can help you work with your innovative, impulsive machine operator (a.k.a. Mad Scientist). Don’t stifle their creativity, control your innovator’s environment. You can even empower their experiments by monitoring, recording, and reporting the results. “Why was this batch bad? Why is this one better?” Give them the tools they need to succeed and protect your batches by controlling their “experiments.” Unlock the secrets of your Mad Scientist’s success – partner with Koss Industrial’s Electrical Dept. for chemical monitoring with controls. Automation, Controls, Reporting and more – trust us to optimize your Mad Scientist’s top-secret laboratory.

Appease your (literally) Mad Scientists.

If they’re literally unhappy or upset, we have a few ideas on how to help your scientists find happiness.

Scientists & Laboratories – okay, so we all agree that they go together like peanut butter & jelly, cheese & crackers, a DeLorean DMC-12 & time travel…so what’s our solution to keeping your scientists happy?  A totally wicked laboratory (wicked as in awesome, not wicked like witches). You can’t be a great Mad Scientist without an awesome Secret Laboratory.

5s-10 Table Top Cooker (3534) is ideal for research and development with batches under 10 pounds!

Koss Industrial’s superior Lab-sized Equipment and Lab-scale Plants / Production Lines feature craftsmanship that meets & exceeds standards (3A, WDA, USDA, sanitary, pharma, etc.).

We’re an excellent choice for your original equipment manufacturer. Our design & engineering services are top-notch. Our fabrication & finishing quality is the stuff of dreams, and our modification & reconditioning services will let you drift off to sleep in a cocoon of safety and satisfaction. Totally custom is what we do, which is why we are a perfect fit for outfitting your Mad Scientist’s Laboratory.

Lab-Size Process Cheese Line by Koss Industrial
Lab-Size Process Cheese Line by Koss Industrial (contains Grinder, Cooker, Hopper, and platform)

Not quite ready to invest in lab-size equipment or plants? You could try appeasing your scientists with smaller gifts, trinkets and flowers; but Koss Industrial might still be able to help you. PLAN B, we recommend you try humor on your actually-angry Mad Scientists; maybe say something like “Don’t trust atoms…they make up everything.”  …unless you have a lot of employees named Adam, then that is probably not a good joke for you to be using in the workplace.

Discover KOSS: See Our Shop In Action!

Watch Our Manufacturing Capabilities Video and Discover Koss Industrial!

NEW in 2017 – Watch Our Skilled Team In Action!

In less than 4 minutes speed your way through our shop, seeing Process & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical (Engineering, Automation, and Controls), Waterjet Cutting, Precision Machining (Multi-Axis CNC Milling & Turning), Component Services & Supplies, Fabrication & Finishing, and On-Site Services.

Spring into spring with KOSS

Spring Into Spring – Find Spring Check Valves or Save on Spring Cleaning (CIP-style)

Spring Has Sprung – Say farewell to snow gear and hello to seasonal allergies – it’s the first day of spring!  Although we will keep our winter coats a bit longer; being located in Wisconsin, we’re sure to see another snowstorm or two.  We are ready to help customers shake off those winter blues and get refreshed & ready for new growth!

Want To Spring Into Spring?

We can help you “spring into spring” literally, with a spring check valve!  The LKC Non-return Valve from Alfa Laval is specially designed for use in stainless steel pipe installations, LKC-2 non-return valves prevent the reverse flow of fluids. Found in many different processes in varied sanitary industries, these standard non-return valves are safe and highly reliable.

Koss Industrial, Inc. is an authorized Alfa Laval Master Distributor and Pump SuperCenter – with the ability to supply, modify, repair and customer-build components & parts from a wide range of brands and manufacturers.

LKC-2 Non-return Valve
LKC-2 Non-return Valve
LKC-Drainable horizontal valve
LKC-Drainable horizontal valve

Did You Automate Spring Cleaning?

KOSS 3 Tank Dual CIP System
KOSS 3 Tank Dual CIP System

Do you have the four basic ingredients needed to achieve a sanitary level of cleanliness when you are Cleaning-in-Place

  1. Time is at a premium, but cutting wash time too short may result in a less-than-sanitary clean.
  2. Temperature must be carefully controlled; not too high, not too low, and specific per the wash cycle needs.
  3. Flow needs to be at a high enough velocity to effectively scour clean those pesky fats & oils (or whatever your dirt may be).
  4. Solution won’t help anything if it’s too weak, ensure your alkaline and acid solutions are at the proper strength to function.

If you worry that your system might not be meeting one or more of these needs, contact KOSS.  You can trust in our experience.  We can modify, repair, and refurbish equipment & systems.  If you’re looking to improve an existing system or considering implementing a new CIP System, we’d love to hear from you – Koss Industrial, Inc. can help you innovate & optimize.

Get custom, not ‘canned’ CIP Systems – designed by our engineering group.

Want to save time &  enjoy more consistent, efficient cleaning?  Start considering KOSS’ custom Cleaning-In-Place (CIP) Systems today!  Learn more about how KOSS can help you negate threats, save time and improve efficiency by utilizing an easy to use, custom automated cleaning system to better control your process with less downtime spent manually cleaning. Consider a custom CIP System from Koss Industrial, Inc. – call today 1.800.844.6261 or 920.469.5300 – we’d love to learn more about your process and your unique needs!

Automation Myth-Busters

For those stuck in the old ways, we’d like to bust some common myths about automation.

Just as old cell phones have evolved into smartphones with multiple manufacturers & brands (like iPhone/Galaxy/Pixel/Lumia), so to have automation solutions for production lines and stand-alone equipment evolved.  Automation technology has grown to the point where there are multiple options & brands readily available from many manufacturers.

Automation Myths, Busted

  1. MYTH: “Automation costs a lot more.”
    BUSTED: The initial investment for Automation is a lot less then you think, and the technology packs a serious punch when it comes to giving you a substantial return on your investment (excellent ROI). The best part is that automation is scale-able, and can grow with your process over time.
  2. MYTH: “Automation is complicated.”
    BUSTED: We strive to make the complex simple. This technology has grown by leaps and bounds, it is incredibly intuitive & user-friendly, and it’s getting easier every day.
  3. MYTH: “Automation servicing & parts are hard to get.”
    BUSTED: The parts are often in-stock, or immediately available to order. You are not down for a week while waiting for a part, this technology is readily available and widely supported.
  4. MYTH: “It’s going to be too hard to train my workforce to use  it [Automation].”
    BUSTED: KOSS Programmers design the interfaces to be as easy to use as possible! With your input, we ensure ease of use (we use graphics/images to show your equipment on the touchscreens). We modify your screens so that you are able to easily control your process, using the lingo/verbiage/jargon terms that those in your plant use every day!  For example, if your guys call KOSS’ Grinder “The Processor”, then our Programmers will change the label.  Your user-interfaces complement your plant perfectly!
  5. MYTH: “My People Carefully Follow Our Recipes (no real benefit in Automation)”
    BUSTED: The truth is…personnel DO modify recipes.  Whether they’re attempting to be helpful (and have excellent reasons for deviating from the recipe), or they stray from the recipe purely on accident, the fact is that people are only human, subject to human-error.  Automation, however, is not human!  It can reduce judgement errors and inefficiencies by ensuring control.  Many processing set-points are highly subjective in nature (i.e. visual/color, taste, consistency, etc.) – Automation eliminates the discrepancies of subjective decision-making, that otherwise varies with each operator shift change in personnel.
  6. MYTH: “We’re already Automated, so we don’t need to look into it [Automation].”
    BUSTED: Just like your smartphone becomes outdated as new versions are release, new advances also occur in Automation. You upgrade your smartphones, your computers, your software…why not upgrade your Automation? You should at least look into it. Technology is growing at such a rapid rate. You need to make sure that you are reaping all the benefits of your existing Automation, stay up to date on upgrades and advancements in technology.

Benefits of Automation

  • Simplify The Complex – it’s easy to understand & operate.
  • Reduce Human Error – eliminate mistakes or slight miscalculations by effectively controlling your process.
  • Improve Efficiency – reduce cycle times and increase throughput by optimizing a repetitive (or delicate) process through automation (for example, increase efficiency by utilizing batch recipes.
  • Data Recovery & Logging – enjoy the perks of analytics; improve your product and your process by reviewing the data, then you can make adjustments to ensure that every batch comes out better.
  • Log Recipes, Minimize Risks, Enhance Your Product – Get better scores on your risk assessments. Control every step of your process to minimize risks. Know why it turned out better when someone tweaks a recipe. Control batches and track ingredients’ lot numbers for precise quality control.
  • User Friendly – easy to use, operator friendly.  Touch screen operation is ideal for production line use as it is very user-friendly. Operators are able to easily navigate the production line and its individual machines. With an image of the machine accompanying its specific control, precision is made easy!
  • Scale-able – We can plan ahead long-term. By starting you off at a lower initial investment and gradually bringing the rest of your plant (or process) online over time. We can make this technology more affordable & manageable for you. This ideal investment can grow with your process over time.

Ask Us About Automating!

Trust KOSS to make your process work in the way that is best-suited to you. Don’t worry if you have different brands of automated equipment or other challenges; we can tie into existing automation, or re-optimize your entire process/plant. Consider Koss Industrial, Inc. for Sanitary Process Control & Monitoring – we specialize in batch and continuous, from stand-alone equipment to plant-wide integration. KOSS understands the challenges present when providing compliant solutions and meeting unique project requirements. We will strive to make the complex simple.

Optimize Your Process & Energy Efficiency.

KOSS is a UL Listed 508A Panel Shop #E330004 – we offer control panel design and assembly, custom operator interfaces (push button, standalone, distributed), field services, a fully stocked parts department & electrical service vehicles, data collection (chart recorder, videographic, process historian with reporting), and PLC programming. Controls can be programmed to offer multiple recipes’ steps, ensure consistency by reducing human input. Utilize batch control to specifically organize activities and functions, ensuring consistency. So please…consider reaching out to us, let’s optimize YOUR manufacturing process and energy efficiency!

Call us for more Automation information – Koss Industrial, Inc. 1.800.844.6261 (toll-free).

Be Mine - Will you be our Valentine? Consider Koss Industrial.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re looking for a long-term relationship, but we’ll settle for a first-date.  Partner with KOSS on your next project.  Give us a chance to supply your spare parts, or to design & manufacture your new plant/expansion.  Our process lines and plant designs are created custom; enjoy high-efficiency, flexibility, low-complexity and optimized maintenance!  So “swipe right” for Koss Industrial, Inc.  For turnkey project management, for process piping, or for a spare gasket – make us your sanitary supplier & manufacturer.

Roses are red, Maintenance is blue, To cheer them up, We have solutions for you!
Roses are red,  Maintenance is blue,  To cheer them up,  We have solutions for you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Koss Industrial, Inc.
(your not-so-secret admirer)

Preventative Maintenance:

The Gift That Keeps On Giving.

Sick of the stress from problem-based maintenance?  Get proactive with help from KOSS!

Go from problems to prevention:

  • Stop being caught off guard.  Gain security, achieve better peace of mind
  • Servicing helps prevent bigger issues.  Reduce your spare parts consumption
  • Avoid unpleasant surprises.  Plan your budget and your downtime

Why make us your Valentine?

Be Mine…choose KOSS to help with your preventative maintenance program.
We can supply & service from a wide variety of brands and manufacturers.  Request your specific brand(s), or consider asking a Koss Industrial team-member for more information on Alfa Laval.  As an authorized Alfa Laval Master Distributor (and Pump SuperCenter), Koss Industrial, Inc. has the resources & experience to rock your world.

Not only a custom manufacturer – we supply, modify, repair & recondition too.
We stock spares & seal kits and have a varied inventory of both new and used parts for a variety of equipment – we can even modify parts or components!  The best part…you can trust us.  We are well-acquainted with the stringent guidelines and unique needs of dairy sanitation.  Koss Industrial, Inc. has years of experience serving varied industries:  Food, Beverage, Dairy, Pharmaceutical, Industrial…and many other industries.  We help customers meet & exceed standards and requirements.

We’d like to get to know you…will you be in touch?

1-800-844-6261 (toll-free) – connect with us on the phone, request a visit from KOSS to your plant, or consider scheduling a tour of our plant (in Green Bay, WI) if you prefer to see Koss Industrial, Inc. in action.  Fill out the contact form below to get in touch with our Inside Sales Team – they will be able to assist you directly, or in more technical cases, they will bring your inquiry to the attention of our appropriate tech-expert, engineer, or specialist here at Koss Industrial.  Happy Valentine’s Day – we hope to hear from you soon!


Your Project Is In Good Hands (Custom Platform Handling)

Custom or Contract Manufacturing Stainless Steel Projects Safely

…consider Koss Industrial, Inc. Products & Services for your stainless steel project needs.  There are no minimum quantities or design limits.  Whether you need one part re-machined or a sanitary production line with turn-key project management — KOSS does custom work for End-Users and OEMs.

Moving Out:  Custom Platform

…even as your projects prepare to leave our shop floor, the KOSS Team provides safe and careful handling.  This Custom Platform is heading out, to be finished and assembled out in the field.

The KOSS team safely loading sections of a Platform (January 2017)
The KOSS Team safely loading sections of a Platform (January 2017)

A diverse KOSS Team ensures that your project is handled with the appropriate care.  Dedicated to both personnel and project safety, loading regularly involves multiple people working together:  Truck-Driver, Fabricators, Finishers, and Foremen…even Sales personnel, Engineers, Designers, HR Manager, Owners, Members of KOSS’ Safety Committee, etc.  Whatever team we need to assemble, KOSS ensures that your project is handled safely and as specified.

Carefully loading Platform Sections onto a trailer in our Green Bay, WI manufacturing shop
Carefully loading Platform sections in our Green Bay, WI manufacturing shop

We strive to provide the best possible service and we’re dedicated to delivering superior quality products.  In addition to fitting your space, our Engineering Team takes the time to ensure the logistics of your project have been addressed, and they plan & design your project accordingly.  The KOSS Team accounts for things such as:

  • Transport Methods (especially important on larger projects)
  • Handling Capabilities at Receiving site (to safely move and position your project)
  • Planned Partial Disassembly/Reassembly
  • Smallest Doors (need to pass through)
  • …and many more!
The KOSS Team knows how to handle stainless steel (Platform Sections, Jan. 2017)
The KOSS Team knows how to handle stainless steel (Platform Sections, Jan. 2017)

Koss Industrial, Inc.  1943 Commercial Way,  Green Bay, WI 54311
Call us toll-free 1-800-844-6261 today!

11GT Grinder Production Line (2604)

Are your utilities keeping up with your process?

You’re working on your new expansion, you’ve been planning, estimating, designing…now you’re finally installing…but there’s a problem.

Your boiler isn’t big enough.  The steam pressure isn’t what it’s supposed to be.  Somewhere along the line someone failed to account for pressure loss due to additional (or modified) equipment, new (or resized) pipe runs, or any number of occurrences happened that affected your boiler capacity, and they weren’t accurately documented.

Avoid this pitfall.  The next time you reference your boiler capacity, try asking yourself “When were these numbers last verified?”, as well as “Who maintains this number, and are they in a position that is made aware of potential changes?”  Working on an exciting new project with your Equipment Supplier, it is far too easy to arrive at a solution (on paper) that doesn’t connect seamlessly to reality (in the plant).  Koss Industrial, Inc. is familiar with the needs of sanitary dairy processors.  With our ability to provide Turn-Key solutions, we can provide solutions to help your operators, maintenance personnel, production managers, and your bottom line!  Optimize your process in innovative ways with Koss Industrial, Inc.

Consider utilizing the engineering services of Koss Industrial, Inc. – having our skilled Engineering Team update your Plant P&ID provides an excellent opportunity to go over any future plans or concepts (for future projects, you’ll know that we’re familiar with your plant).  We provide custom solutions that complement individual applications.  By having a KOSS team member update your Plant P&ID you also benefit from having another set of eyes on your process layout and plant design.  We love it when we’re given the opportunity to help customer processes experience higher-efficiencies with less complexity and lower maintenance.