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Regulatory Watch: Courts still testing limits of ADA

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering yet another case involving the Americans with Disabilities Act that could have employers on the defensive.
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Food Safety: The food security challenge to plant systems

Everyone in the food industry realizes that if a terrorist wants to impact a large number of people, the water and food supplies are ideal vectors.
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Regulatory Watch: Vigilance raised on bioterrorism, food safety

Joseph Levitt, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said his agency will continue to emphasize food safety, food additives, dietary supplements and food biotechnology.
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Food Packaging: Cider house rules with shrink sleeve

Young Americans are developing a taste for hard cider, and the makers of K Cider are betting that upscale packaging can make their brand the under-30 crowd’s cider of choice.
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Technology Update: New Frontiers in Thermal Processing

Process engineers continue to refine old as well as develop new applications for heat.
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Engineering R&D: AIB’s smart mixer project

With expert bakers retiring in droves, plant operators are eyeing near infrared reflectance as a technological solution to proper dough mixing and development.
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Managing Software:

The 800-pound gorilla in the enterprise application software market may be appropriate for simple food plant operations, but can SAP make the move from simple to complex process plants?
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Automatic cap feed elevators

CAP-L Company introduced an expanded line of automatic container cap feeding elevators.
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Automated sliding door

Durulite QuickSlide, an automated sliding traffic door from Chase Doors features a lightweight panel constructed from roto-molded cross linked polyethylene and non-CFC-insulated foam core.
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Editor's Note: Keeping it real, keeping it simple in food packaging

It is no surprise that our survey found product safety to be the number one issue impacting food packaging.
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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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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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