Category Archives: Fabrication

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

Trick-or-Treat!

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!

Trick-or-Treat?

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.

Prevent & protect personnel - stay safer with Koss Industrial.

What Scares You? Fight Fright, Stay Safer.

Your heart is pounding as adrenaline courses through your veins. You can’t catch your breath, your skin is cold and clammy as you realize what almost happened. That was close…too close.

What are you afraid of?

Spiders, bats, rats, black cats, CLOWNS, commitment… the list of things you can fear is endless – so why add to it?

Fear public speaking. Worry about walking under ladders. Avoid abandoned buildings in the woods, but we don’t want you losing sleep worrying about your machine operators and maintenance personnel working on your equipment.  Koss Industrial, Inc. can help you prevent accidents and protect your team.

“Why are they looking at me like…WHERE ARE MY CLOTHES?!”

Have you had that nightmare where you’re standing in front of a crowd in your underwear? It’d be awful to end up at work wearing nothing but your briefs. In an episode of the popular 90s tv sitcom Home Improvement, Tim Taylor has his shirt ripped off by a rotating shaft on a machine that his mild-mannered assistant and friend Al Borland demonstrates on their show Tool Time. Although it’s funny to watch, most of us know that the shirt would not have safely (and hilariously) flown right off of Tim Allen’s back.

Having your clothes torn off by a rotating shaft is a real fear, but you’ll likely lose more than just your shirt if you become caught. Reduce the risk to life and limb, protect your people with custom Guarding, Caging, Modifications, and Safer Equipment Designs. Reduce contact (and risks) when you put a physical barrier between personnel and the machine. When you have Guards in place they can’t put their fingers in, their shirt can’t get caught in the spinning shaft, they won’t bump into a hot surface. Be on guard at all times with KOSS custom Guarding.

“Did that just move?”

Is everything in its place? Did I leave the door open? Paranoia isn’t always a bad thing. Imagine how many accidents begin with Jane Doe saying to Mr. Smith “Hey, wait a second – I wanna tighten this a little bit more” …but Mr. Smith didn’t hear Jane Doe.

The statistics, facts and figures tell us that far too many preventable accidents happen. Be  paranoid in a good way, utilize Prox Switches and Programming you can trust.  Let us help you plan for possibilities and prevent disasters. Knowledge is power – know when something is out of place, prevent a machine from turning on when guarding is not in place, stop a machine when something is out of alignment. The Electrical Department at Koss Industrial can help automate entire lines or integrate additional safety solutions into existing equipment.

“NO! DON’T GO IN THERE!!!”

Custom 11GS Grinder (20hp) with safety curtain, prox switches, e-stops, additional guarding/hood (#6787)
Custom 11GS Grinder (20hp) with safety curtain, prox switches, e-stops, additional guarding/hood (6787)

Use Safety Light Curtains and you can’t go in there – nothing can go in there, and nothing can come back to haunt you.

Use a Light Curtain to sense anything going in or out. When something enters the infrared light field, KOSS can custom program the equipment to do an emergency stop, flash lights, sound alarms, or even start playing the Imperial March over your speaker system… Whatever it is that you need sensed and triggered – trust the Koss Industrial Electrical & Automation Team to make it happen.

Don’t spend sleepless nights worrying over the “what-ifs” – invest in prevention.

We want you to sleep soundly at night, resting easily because you trust in your KOSS equipment to perform exactly as you intended.

Designed and built for your needs, Koss Industrial’s custom equipment & modifications offer the exact degree of safety you desire for your product, your plant, and your people. Services, Systems, Equipment, Components & Parts:  Get what you need  with Koss Industrial, Inc. (manufacturer/supplier in Green Bay, WI).

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.

TIG Welding – KOSS can weld to ASME standards!

Welding sure can be pretty…especially when you look at it safely via video! Here’s a member of the KOSS Team TIG Welding an ASME certified Strainer Vessel.

By the way, in case you didn’t know, we hold ASME stamps “R” and “U”.  So consider Koss Industrial, Inc. to design & fabricate your ASME pressure vessels, and consider allowing us to do your ASME repairs & alterations!

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!

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

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!

How Safe Are Your Customers? Identify Threats To Your Sanitary Clean.

Scrub-a-dub-dub, are there pathogens in your tub (or rather, in your vessel, piping, or anywhere else in your plant)?! 

Koss Industrial Augers - agitating water - clean
You know that cleaning takes more than splashing some water around – getting a sanitary clean requires careful planning and execution.  KOSS understands sanitary needs.

Don’t risk your good name and hard-earned branding by placing your trust in a questionable “clean”.  Whether you’re Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) or out of place (COP), there’s always room to improve where product quality and safety are concerned!

Residual bacteria may be hiding in your process, there are a number of possible factors adversely affecting the cleanliness of your “clean”.  All it takes to damage your reputation and trust with consumers is to have an off-flavor, or for your product to spoil before it’s “Best By:” date!  Since 1978, Koss Industrial, Inc. has worked with Cheese Makers and others in the Dairy Industry, we are familiar with the stringent guidelines and unique needs.  Whatever your application, you can trust KOSS to understand that unique applications require custom, careful solutions.

How ‘at-risk’ is your process?

  • Dead Zones.  Or Dead Legs, or Dead Space, or Shadows, or “what-was-my-OEM-thinking-when-they-designed-this?!”…whatever you call these different types of awkward areas where cleaning doesn’t quite touch, the cleaning solution, the spray from your cleaning device, it doesn’t quite reach that entire surface.  Whether the spray is blocked by the angle of a ferrule or the shaft of an agitator, without direct spray contact, that section of surface is iffy-at-best (or, much more likely, it is filthy). 
    KOSS can help, modifying your existing products, or providing new components/equipment/systems, or otherwise servicing your plant!

    KOSS Curd Cyclone CIP-able Sprayball
    Cleaning-Devices, both in selection and placement, can make or break the cleanliness yielded by your cleaning process.  Do you trust your OEM?
  • Sloppy Slopes & Other Drainage Fails.  Whether your piping is just a little too flat, or totally flat, your situation is inadequate draining.  Maybe it’s sloppy slopes in your vessel bottom, or incorrectly mounted components (such as PD pumps needing to be vertical, both in design and in their placement…), or even process piping supports gone bad…these inadequate draining situations can give safe harbor to bacteria.Consider KOSS for new products & on-site services, we also provide modification services.
  • Poor Welds & Polishing Problems.  Superior quality continuous welds are absolutely necessary for sanitary components, equipment, and systems…that’s why Koss Industrial only brings in the best welders, fabricators, and finishers. Our craftsmen’s skills need to yield food-grade results, we’re serious about providing hygienic products and services to the Dairy Industry.

    A superior weld needs a superior finish. You can trust KOSS to provide a true sanitary weld and finish.
    A superior weld needs a superior finish. You can trust KOSS to provide a true sanitary weld and finish.
  • Sharp Corners.  Smooth product contact surfaces are the ideal, a nice radius provides a more cleanly surface, especially when  compared to square corners, or corners with welds, that are more difficult to clean and can provide a safe haven for undesirables (bacteria).

    Keep clean, avoid square corners, or corners with welds. KOSS knows sanitary design, as you can see in this image (our COP Tank agitation)
    Keep clean, avoid square corners, or corners with welds. KOSS knows sanitary design, as you can see in this image (our COP Tank agitation)
  • Slow Flow.  Maybe you’ve added additional piping, or perhaps your flow velocity has always been less than ideal, whatever the reason, if your flow isn’t turbulent enough to appropriately scour the surface, then you aren’t getting a truly sanitary clean.  Interested in ‘beefing up’ your pumps?  KOSS is an Authorized Alfa Laval Pump SuperCenter with a varied stock here in Green Bay, WI (we’re able to supply & service a variety of brands to meet individual customer requirements).
  • Tepid Temperatures.  Even if it’s not “tepid”, it’s still not hot enough, or maybe its too hot…identifying & adhering to the proper temperature for cleaning your process is necessary for you to clean effectively.  Monitoring & controlling is vital to maintain the necessary temperature – KOSS’ Electrical Dept. is experienced in providing sanitary control via proper instrumentation and automation.
  • Where’s the soap?!  Is your chemical really in your cleaning solution?  Or rather, is enough chemical in your cleaning solution for it to be effective?  Dosing Pumps are a great idea to control the instruction of chemicals into your cleaning solution.  Conductivity Transmitters/Probes/Sensors are quite helpful if you want to verify the strengths of your caustic and acid in your cleaning solutions.

Protect your customers and your brand!  Identify threats to your sanitary clean, contact Koss Industrial, Inc. when you’re ready to shore up the weaker points in your cleaning process.  Stay sanitary, and consider KOSS!