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Meat Lab- Pilot Facility – Francioni Hall – Dr. McMillin

Processing capabilities include sawing, grinding, cubing, mixing, injecting, vacuum tumbling, forming, vacuum stuffing, curing, heating (smokehouse, institutional broiling and convection), smoking, drying, chilling, freezing, fermenting, and packaging (overwrap, vacuum, modified atmosphere) to produce whole muscle bone-in and boneless cuts, ground beef, sausage (fresh, smoked, fermented), bacon, ham, roast beef, restructured roasts and steaks, jerky, boudin, tasso, and pickled pork.

Analytical capabilities are vacuum oven drying for moisture, Goldfisch apparatus for crude fat, distillation for thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), light microscopy, stomacher and incubator for total plate microbial counts, centrifugation for separation, high speed explosion- proof blender, portable reflectance spectrophotometer for color, texture analyzer for texture and shear force, portable gas analyzer (O2, CO2, CO).

Audubon Sugar Institute –Dr. Don Day

Audubon Sugar Institute has the largest range of pilot fermentation and separation equipment in the LSU system. This facility provides over 27,000 ft2 of world-class laboratory and pilot space.

For preparation of biomass and extraction there is a 100 lb. per hour 3-roll Farrel mill (the 9 roll Squire Pilot mill is currently dismantled for moving), a chipper, a Jeffrey shredder and a 2-roll Tilby splitter and separator (for separation of pith and rind of plants such as sugarcane and kenaf).

Other pilot size equipment include: a French oil mill, juice clarifiers, storage tanks of capacities from several gallons to 2m3, steam-heated heat exchangers, appropriate pumps and piping connections, a calandria type 1m3 vacuum evaporator, one 50 L and one 95 L stainless steel vacuum crystallizers, three 1/3 m cooling crystallizers and a 60cm basket centrifuge.

In the filtration and ultrafiltration pilot laboratory, there is a series of semipilot and pilot units, including a 0.1 m2 Putsch filter press, a small Filtomat continuous self cleaning screen filter, a 0.05 m2 cross-flow ceramic membrane system and another system fitted for RO/UF/MF spiral wound membranes, and a pilot size Bird-Flottweig horizontal decanter.

The process chromatography laboratory centers around a 50 L automated low-pressure simulated moving bed chromatography unit, a semi-pilot Corning glass vacuum crystallizer and a number of smaller batch chromatography systems. A recent addition is a CSEP pilot plant simulated moving bed system from Calgon Carbon, a Yamato 10L rotavap, and a Yamato spray drier.

Since 1979 we have been building a capability in biotechnology. As part of this program ( in addition to the appropriate research laboratories)we have constructed a fermentation pilot plant which is probably unique at Universities in the South (and perhaps the Country). The equipment includes a range of fermentors, ranging in size form the very small (500 and 1000 ml), through the intermediate (30 l) to the pilot-production scale (500 l). Associated with this equipment are the appropriate size membrane filtration equipment (5 to 150 sq ft) for harvesting and product purification. An auxiliary analytical facility (HPLC, GLC, etc.) is also available.

The microbiology laboratory is a Level 2 laboratory equipped with a NUAIRE biohazard safety hood, a Beckman Coulter UD 800 UV/VIS spectrophotometry system, two Dupont and one Eppendorf centrifuges, two New Brunswick shaker incubators, a Virtis freeze drier, a Bio-Rad thermal cycler PCR system, and a range of fermentation systems with 1L, 20 L and 500 L fermentation capacity.

The analytical laboratory operates a range of instruments to support the research programs. These include four Dionex IC systems, three Waters HPLC systems, an Agilent 6890 gas chromatograph, three HP 5890 gas chromatographs, two Lasentec laboratory back-scattering instruments for crystal size determination, a flame photometer, flow-through preparative LC detectors (RI, UV/VIS, PAD, ECD) etc.

The analytical chemistry laboratory operates a CSEP pilot plant simulating moving bed system from Calgon Carbon, four Dionex IC Systems, three Waters HPLC Systems, a Wyatt multi-angle laser scattering/GPC system, and flow-through preparative LC detectors (RI, UV-VIS).

revised: 09-Apr-2021 14:50