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Sterile environment robot

Staübli’s Stericlean robot automates processes within isolators to eliminate repetitive motions, and overcome contamination potential and throughput issues when human operators pierce an aseptic space.
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Linear actuator

Festo’s ball screw-driven cantilever actuator EGSA provides stroke lengths of 100, 200 and 300, and offers a repetition accuracy of +/-0.01mm.

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Filter leak detector

FilterSense’s continuous particulate emission monitor and bag house filter leak detector incorporates automatic self-checks (zero and span) to automate EPA MACT requirements for periodic instrument validation, and features automatic signal diagnostics.
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Flow wrapping

Developed in both PC and PLC control system architecture with graphic-style, touch-screen human machine interfaces, HayssenSandiacre’s Rose Forgrove Athena flow wrapping machine has multi-servo axis drives and is capable of wrapping products in a variety of heat and cold seal materials at speeds of 5 to 300/min.
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Decanting centrifuge

A solid-bowl decanting centrifuge for the continuous filtration separation of frying oils, especially on oils formulated without Trans fat, Pennwalt’s Super-D-Canter filters out smaller particles, and is effective in controlling allergens when multiple products pass through a fryer.
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Stainless steel sifters

Great Western’s Tru-Balance sanitary gravity flow, atmospheric pressure sifter features a box-less design with nest-together sieve frames that provide rapid access for sieve removal and replacement.
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Impeller packer

Intended for multi-layer bags with PE layers or an in-liner that is difficult to de-aerate, Behn + Bates’s impeller packer includes a metal detector in its filling channel.
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Filter presses

Suitable for juice, beer and wine filtration; dewatering waste, DAF and other sludges from the treatment of process wastewaters; and dewatering lime-softening sludge from water treatment, Siemens’ J Press sidebar and overhead filter presses deliver high cake solids and clearer filtrate.
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Manual palletizer

Accommodating any open-bottom pallet or skid, Southworth’s Roll-In level loader is a manual palletizer that simplifies loading and unloading full pallets.
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Centrifugal separation

Relying on centrifugal force to remove particles as small as 250 microns from cooking oil, Heat and Control’s KleenSweep full-flow centrifugal separation system separates oil and fines from the underflow of the centrifugal separator using an easy-to-clean mesh filter drawer.
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Plant of the Year 2015

Mars Chocolate was chosen as Food Engineering’s 2015 Plant of the Year. The first new Mars candy plant in North America in 35 years is not only LEED Gold certified, it’s highly automated as well.


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 April

The April 2014 issue of Food Engineering features the Plant of the Year: Mars Chocolate. The first new Mars chocolate candy plant in North America in 35 years is not only LEED Gold certified, it’s highly automated as well.

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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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