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Mr. Neil Goldberg
SUPER Manager
Voice:  215-233-6590
Fax:  215-233-6406
e-mail:  Neil.Goldberg@ars.usda.gov   

Objectives:

Provide research support in the commercialization of new processes and products  developed in ARS's laboratories through process scale up and process economic research.

The Engineering Scale-Up, Process and Economics Research (SUPER) Support Group Unit has the Agency's only process engineering unit with the facilities and expertise to do pilot plant research involving basic theoretical investigations, process development, scale-up, simulation and economic feasibility studies. Processes are developed at the bench and pilot scale to make the technology directly transferable to a broad range of end-users and bridging the gap between laboratory and industry. The unit provides research support to  Chemists, Microbiologists,  Food Technologists, Plant Physiologists, and Engineering Research Programs at ARS.

Customers:

In priority order, the SUPER group applies its unique equipment, facilities, capabilities, and personnel to support the research mission of:

Note:  The SUPER group is not a "fee for service" contract organization.  Only research activities which do not compete with commercial laboratories and pilot plants are pursued. 

Click for a SUPER group support form.

Resources:

ERRC has one of the most unique and completely equipped food, chemical, dairy, biochemical, and industrial pilot plants in the Federal and Non-commercial sectors. Approximately 19,000 square feet of specialized space is dedicated to these facilities. A complete on-line catalog of equipment, available for use in our Pilot Plant, can be seen here.

Equipment categories include:

Unique capabilities:

Unique personnel:

Examples of Research Support Provided: