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Automated, frozen cheesecake packaging line is fast, but gentle

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Culinary Art’s Specialties’ new automated packaging line, equipped with smart conveyor technology, processes 2,700 frozen cheesecakes per hour with a product integrity rate of 99.9 percent.

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National robotics design contest challenges high school students

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Robotics program for middle school and high school students encourages kids to have fun with engineering.

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sercos international to Intensify Cooperation with ODVA

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The intercommunication of sercos and CIP-based protocols for safety systems will benefit users and suppliers of automation that is used in potentially explosive applications.

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Tech Update: Motors & Drives

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Power transmission technology is in flux, and that adds up to a wealth of options for food and beverage manufacturers.
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Editor's Note: Turn a missed opportunity into a manufacturing solution

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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As I’m writing this month’s Editor’s Note, I’m working in my office after just reviewing the evaluation forms from the Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M) held in early April.
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PMMI strengthens relationship with OMAC

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PMMI will provide staff support to further the mission of OMAC, the Organization for Machine Automation and Control.

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Keep the process cool

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Cooling towers are used to cool both process and plant environment when temperatures are too warm, and the heat doesn’t need to be recycled.

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Tech Update: HMIs

By Jaan Koel, Contributing Editor
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Human machine interface technology has advanced by leaps and bounds-to the point where food manufacturers can now control and monitor plants from virtually anywhere.
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Plant of the Year: Shearer's Foods Rethinks the Food Plant

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Some additional upfront cost already is paying dividends to this manufacturing organization, with the biggest returns yet to come.
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Reuse's Dollars and Sense

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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For food and beverage companies focused on water recycling and landfill reduction, the effort yields solid financial returns.
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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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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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