Articles Tagged with ''maintenance''

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Improving the mechanical properties of stainless steel for food and beverage applications

Extending the wear resistance of stainless steel (SS) components used in food manufacturing equipment operating on production lines lengthens replacement intervals and minimizes potential component failure, resulting in decreased downtime and improved cost savings—a long, sought-after goal of any maintenance department.


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Brewery minimizes downtime with controls update

Two obsolete PLCs were replaced by a modern controller while the original I/O was kept, thanks to a new control network gateway.
Whether it’s football in the US or rugby in Great Britain, the two sports have one thing in common: Many of their spectators like beer.


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Conveyor belting should be seen and not heard

When belting runs quietly, there’s little wear, and that means long life and very little downtime.
Table Talk Pies, located in Worcester, MA since 1938, makes those four-in. round pies that, if you live in the Northeast, you’ve probably have had the opportunity to try.


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Redesigned filter solves winery production lag

The old filter clogged easily, requiring frequent cleaning and producing a lot of downtime.
Royal Wine Corporation is a leader in the kosher wine and beverage industry.


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Maintenance Software

CMMS provides enhanced functionality

Maintenance staff can’t do their jobs if they spend more time on paperwork than maintenance.
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TECH FLASH

ISA to introduce Process Automation Boot Camp for non-maintenance personnel

The program will make its 2014 debut during the week of Monday, March 31, 2014 at ISA headquarters.

The program is designed for non-maintenance personnel with little or no background in the field of process measurement and control.


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From clipboards to CMMS, maintenance is now a snap

Fish producer uses computerized maintenance management to handle production equipment, farm equipment and operator certifications.
Snow Island is a Nova Scotia-based salmon producer distinguished by its commitment to the environment and sustainable farming practices for raising salmon from egg to plate. The company gives its salmon extra room to grow, maintaining a 98.5 percent volume of water to 1.5 percent of fish in its pens and nets. And while many other operations house one million-plus fish per farm, Snow Island farms contain only 500,000.
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Dock doors get some needed attention

Updated shipping and receiving doors prevent ongoing impact damage from forklifts and pallets.
Shipping and receiving doors at this ice cream maker needed specialized treatment to prevent ongoing impact damage from forklifts and pallets.
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Loud sonic horn shatters boiler ash buildup at brewery

Not a high-fidelity horn, this air-operated device packs a 150 dB wallop of acoustic energy at an Alaskan brewery.
Alaskan Brewing Company is the first brewery opened in Juneau since Prohibition, and from its beginning in 1986, sought to make high-quality, craft-brewed beer that was cost efficient and environmentally responsible.
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Dry Processing Technology

Vibrating fluid bed dryers

Witte vibrating fluid bed dryers and coolers are offered in a rail-mounted option that enables 1 person to roll out the entire drying and cooling section spanning the complete length of the thermal processing system without any tools.
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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

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Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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