Tridiagonal Solutions > Projects > Solving mixing and process problems for Consumer Product and Food industries

Consumer product companies are focused on accelerating their design and innovation process and improving product experience for their consumers. Connecting the dots between the product chemistry, its manufacturing process and its performance is extremely critical.Expertise in High speed manufacturing is another critical area. Improving product & process performance and design of high speed manufacturing equipment requires one to solve challenging fluid dynamic problems. Some common examples are foaming issues when filling liquid products into bottles, mixing challenges when manufacturing emulsions, fire hazard when making paper products, uniformity of adhesive coatings on films & labels to name a few. Tridiagonal consultants assist consumer product companies in solving these complex problems using both experimental and CFD methods.

Process Engineering and Development team in food companies are focused on design of new processes, improving energy utilization, reducing risks of microbial contamination, reducing process scale up times and solving manufacturing problems. Food contamination incidents in recent past have spurred a number of HACCP initiatives that require identification of critical control parameters and their impact on product safety. Tridiagonal team is experienced in solving process problems in all of these areas. We can help develop new process technologies, improve process performance and insure products are free of microbial contaminations. Our unit operations expertise is in mixing tanks, heat exchangers, separators, spray dryers, roasters, extraction systems, rotor-stator and high pressure emulsifier, retorts, fluid coaters to name a few.

Tridiagonal Solutions Spotlights

  • Mixing studies – liquid blending, solid suspensions, non-Newtonian Fluids, Coarcervation, Emulsions
  • Liquid filling – aeration, emulsion instability and break down
  • Food Drying and Roasting
  • HACCP Implementation
  • Software Development for Mixing and HACCP initiatives
  • Pneumatic transport
  • Separation technologies – cyclone, bag filter, electrostatic precipitation, gravity separator, centrifuges
  • Coating, Granulation and Spray Drying
  • Controlled release and encapsulation

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Pravin, one of the five members of Board of Directors in Tridiagonal Solutions has proven his expertise in creating, positioning and managing high growth companies. Mr. Jain has completed his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai and Masters in Computer System Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston. He has also completed the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He has over 17 years of experience in Technology Entrepreneurship, Business Development and Delivery of Customer Centric Solutions. Pravin’s experience includes acquiring as well as divesting companies. Pravin lived and worked for 14 years in the US, and shifted back to India in the summer of 2006. He has driven, and been accountable for Sales, Marketing, Technology, Delivery and Strategy functions at his previous ventures. Pravin’s previous company grew by over 40x in 6 years and was subsequently divested to Wipro.

Ashish heads the software development activities at Tridiagonal Solutions. He has Post graduate degree in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences from IIT, Kanpur. Ashish is also a founder member of Tridiagonal and his interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics, Turbulence Modeling, Technical Training and Mentoring along with Open Source Software Development. Before founding Tridiagonal, Ashish worked with Fluent for seven years where he looked after product management responsibilities for Catia and FlowLab products.

Dr. Damodaran Vedapuri heads the North American Operations of Tridiagonal Solutions. He obtained his doctorate from Ohio University. Dr. Vedapuri has wide experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Flow Accelerated Corrosion and solving Multiphase Flow Problems of interest to the oil and gas industry. Before joining Tridiagonal, he was employed with SwRI, a premier research lab in the US and at Fluent Inc.

Dr. Damodaran Vedapuri heads the North American Operations of Tridiagonal Solutions. He obtained his doctorate from Ohio University. Dr. Vedapuri has wide experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Flow Accelerated Corrosion and solving Multiphase Flow Problems of interest to the oil and gas industry. Before joining Tridiagonal, he was employed with SwRI, a premier research lab in the US and at Fluent Inc.

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