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Conveying system helps quadruple output for chip maker

Production no longer has to be halted when diverting product—just one of the many examples of improved efficiency.

 The most significant efficiencies have come from the installation of a new conveyor system by Walker Custom Sheet Metal. 


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11th Annual Replacement Parts Survey

Replacement Parts Survey: Advancing inventory practices

While cutting costs drives innovation in product sourcing and inventory management, processors are demanding higher-quality spare parts.

Food and beverage plants spent less on replacement parts and components in 2013 and are focused on lower inventories and competitive pricing as key business drivers, based on replies from industry professionals in Food Engineering’s 11th Annual Replacement Parts and Components Trends Survey.


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TECH FLASH

Methods to curb energy rate increases

Many processors have already switched out inefficient lighting and invested in high-efficiency motors, and some have tried demand control while others have instituted real-time purchasing of energy.

FE interviewed Brian Flynn, chief technology officer of ZF Energy Development, to discuss the options processors have in cutting energy costs.


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TECH FLASH

Are you playing by the new rules of customer engagement?

Thanks to a new model, food and beverage sales grew in 2012 while other consumer packaged goods categories were down.

Top companies are identifying and engaging with customers and focusing on innovation that directly reaches them.


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TECH FLASH

Women see little role for federal government in guiding product choices or healthy decisions

New survey reveals women feel negatively about government attempts to encourage healthy eating.

Distrust of the media is even more prevalent than distrust of the government.


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TECH FLASH

The Power of ‘Small’

Small and medium-sized manufacturers are flexing their muscles; industry takes notice at PACK EXPO.

Food Engineering discusses small and medium-sized manufacturers with Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI.


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TECH FLASH

Large firms best positioned to improve profit margins

As US consumers become more health conscious, large companies are able to offer new products at increased prices.

Smaller competitors often lack the consumer recognition that allows premium pricing.


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Manufacturing News

Food Fraud: You purchased what?

Is your burger really 100 percent beef? Is your virgin olive oil really virgin? Only your analytical instrumentation knows for sure.
As a result of the recent UK horsemeat scandal, consumers and processors are very much aware they may not be getting what they paid for.


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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference report

FA&M Conference Report

Innovating risk assessment and world-class best practices
Food and beverage manufacturers will need revolutionary manufacturing methods to promote and sustain growth. A better understanding of core competencies and capabilities can take you further.


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Editor's Note

As the economy improves, so does the food and beverage industry

According to Food Engineering’s 36th annual Plant Construction Survey, the food and beverage industry is now thriving
Greenfield projects in 2012 numbered 218.


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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.

Podcasts

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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FE September 2014

2014 September

The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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