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Director, Process Technology
St. Louis, MO
Ben Rucker serves as director of process technology at CRB. As such, Rucker provides food, nutrition and consumer products clients with expertise and an in-depth understanding of process design and equipment. Prior to joining CRB, Rucker spent 22 years with A&B Process Systems where he held several positions of increasing responsibility, including lead fabricator, plant team lead, lead manufacturing estimator, project manager and technical sales manager.
Rucker has expertise related to technical project management, turnkey process kitchen, custom skidded systems for blending, custom skidded systems for clean in place and overall vessel/tank design.
Rucker’s project experience ranges from turnkey process kitchens, skidded and module systems, projects related to water-for-injection systems, batching/blending, inline dilution, clean-in-place systems, water systems, high-temperature/short-time pasteurization systems, filtration systems, melt systems, vacuum induction systems and customer design per customer needs. His process vessel experience includes American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) stamp, Canadian registration number, European union pressure equipment directive standards, melt tanks, mix tanks (sweep, scrape, high-shear and standard mixers), horizontal tanks, field erect tanks, clean-in-place tanks, balance tanks, heat exchangers and custom designs.
Rucker has experience with ASME, 3-A and bioprocessing equipment requirements for fabrication and testing of sanitary equipment. He also has experience in the prequalification certification for many top pharmaceutical companies, as well as in-depth experience of estimating and project management.
Training & Certifications
- Hartford Steam Boilers, ASME Course
- University of Villanova, Lean Six Sigma Training
- Kaizen Training Course
- University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Supervisor Training
- OSHA, 10-hour certification
- Member of the Association for Dressings and Sauces; serving on quality assurance committee
- Member of International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering
- Attendee of ASME bioprocessing equipment committee
- Seven-year chair and past president of Marshfield Elks Lodge No. 665