Helping Food Technology Experts with Global Efforts

I recently had the unique opportunity to meet up with Brian Smith, food technologist and founding partner of the consultancy firm, Booth Smith Food Technology.  Based out of the UK, Brian along with his team of food technology experts, provide advisory services to companies across the globe.  As you can imagine, there are a number complex food safety regulations that Booth Smith Food Technology must uphold.  From the standards of ISO9000 to the guidelines established by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Brian must ensure that their work is in alignment with the established requirements.

As a SmartDraw user for over 12 years, Brian has been and continues to meet the needs of his clients using SmartDraw for process documentation, food factory layouts and designs, to patent applications.  In this week’s post, I’ll share with you a few of Brian’s diagrams along with some advice for our new users who have recently joined our SmartDraw user community.

Applying for a Patent

Booth Smith Food Technology is highly active in developing countries throughout the world.  They help emerging production industries in an effort to increase efficiency as well as satisfy demand, both domestic and for export.  In doing so, there is a high demand for specialized equipment and machinery to be built.  As result, they often apply for patents.

There are a number of requirements that must be completed in order to apply for a patent.  An integral piece of the submission process it to include specifications of the invention a well as supporting documentation and diagrams.  Here is the diagram from an actual patent submission to remove the stones from dates.


SmartDraw Tip:  To create this diagram, navigate to the Popular Category found in the Left Panel.  In the Template Preview area, select Manual Diagram in the Popular Templates section.  As you create elements of the diagram, you may choose to group objects together.  First, select or highlight the object you wish to group.  Navigate to the Design Ribbon.  In the Group drop-down menu select Group Object or use the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl + G. Originally grown in the Middle East and North Africa, the Medjool date is a tree fruit that can be grown in a number of desert-like regions around the world.   Medjools are considered the diamond of dates.  They are prized for their large size, extraordinary sweetness and chewy texture even when dried. They can be enjoyed on their own as a healthy snack or as an ingredient.

Assisting the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Tanzania

Booth Smith Food Technology is often tasked with presenting concepts as well as diagrammatic layouts to build new food factories.  As experts in the field of food technology, Brian and his colleagues are to ensure that the food products are produced safely, legally, and are of the quality claimed.

In 2009, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization hired Booth Smith Food Technology to assess, develop, and design a Halva, or Halawah, factory for a UN project in Tanzania.  Using the Tahini and Halawah Manufacturing Plant diagram as well as a live demonstration, Brian successfully taught a group of sesame seed farmers the Halawah manufacturing process.

I use these for scale drawings too so I can hand over to CAD drawing experts a schematic which has all the basics worked out.

HalawahFactory_UN Project

SmartDraw Tip: This diagram was achieved by using the Manual Template.  In addition, the Process Unit table was first created in Word, then inserted into the diagram.  It can also be achieved entirely within SmartDraw.   To create this diagram, navigate to the Popular Category found in the Left Panel.  Navigate to Floor Plans – Commercial.  Select from any of the sub-categories or select Custom Floor Plan.  Click and drag the appropriate symbols from the Symbol Library into the Work Area.  To create a table, navigate to the Table Ribbon.  Enter the appropriate values in the Rows and Columns fields.  Click the Table control.  Click and drag the table to the appropriate location in the Work Area.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Halva, you may know it by another name: halawa, alva, haleweh, halava, helava, helva, halwa, halua, aluva, or chalva.  The term halva means “dessert”  or “sweet.”  This particular dessert is typically made one of two ways: flour-based or nut-butter-based. It is served throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Balkans, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Malta, and the Jewish world.

Advice for New SmartDraw Users

I was curious to find out what a seasoned SmartDraw user, such as Brian, would advise new SmartDraw users.  So, when I posed the questions he responded without hesitation.

The power of it is to be able to create and then export.  I incorporate it into other documents. Think of it as a tool to enhance your reports or the work that you do.  So that you get the most benefit.  Others will appreciate what you’re doing.

He continued to explain how SmartDraw is not only to be used to print hard copies of diagrams but rather to explain concepts efficiently and effectively.  Any SmartDraw user can share any diagram with anyone.  Diagrams can easily be exported into a pdf, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  Using the Quick Access Controls, located at the top left corner of the screen, you can convert your sdr into each of these formats with just one-click.

Quick Access Control Bar: Send Email Control


SmartDraw Tip: In addition, you can email a diagram directly from SmartDraw.  Navigate to the Quick Access Control bar, select the envelope.  A new email will appear.  The diagram file name will automatically appear in the subject line, the source file will be attached, and the diagram will appear in the body of the email.  

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