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Four-to-one combiner saves space, money

For a packaged snack food manufacturer, a multi-lane tabletop conveyor system using four-to-one merge for cartons was the right solution.

 Four lanes of pneumatically actuated clamping devices and blade stops control the traffic of four rows of product and merge them to one lane for delivery to a palletizing system. 


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MCAA publishes annual market forecast

The report covers 12 industry segments and product categories of the process instrumentation and automation industry (PI&A) for the US and Canada.

 The five-year forecast predicts a healthy compound annual growth rate, with increased spending in the food and beverage industry. 


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Key Performance Indicators

Effective tools for hitting manufacturing targets

KPIs and measures serve to crystallize business strategy, align the organization and clarify accountability. The people, the measures, the accountability, the review and response process and the actions taken are the greater drivers of strategy delivery.
When deciding what kind of car to buy, there’s an old adage: Fast, cheap and good—pick two!


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OPC announces “OPC UA open shared source” strategy

The foundation opens the doors to facilitate increased adoption of OPC Unified Architecture technology beyond industrial automation.

 OPC Foundation’s vision of interoperability providing the best specifications, technology, certification and process is the core of this open shared source strategy.  


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Food Engineering's Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2015

Images from Food Engineering's Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Clearwater Beach, Florida, April 12-15, 2015. The event brought food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.

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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 May

The May 2015 issue of Food Engineering explores effective tools for hitting manufacturing targets. Also, read how processors are looking for faster ways to detect harmful pathogens in food and beverages without sacrificing accuracy or reliability.

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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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