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Tech Update: HMIs

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

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

For food and beverage companies focused on water recycling and landfill reduction, the effort yields solid financial returns.
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Automation Federation, IMS extend automation competency model

The purpose is to ensure consistent course content in automation and assure that automation engineers have the same skills worldwide.

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Sanitary drum unloading systems can be lifesavers

Manual methods of drum unloading can be tedious, time-consuming, conducive to spreading bacteria and downright dangerous to employees. Automating drum unloading makes the process a lot safer.

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Field instrument update extends device "smarts"

Enhancements to the Electronic Device Description Language promise to make field instruments using this language much more flexible.

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Making the Right Choice With Smart Wireless Sensors

Smart sensors have been around for a long time, but when combined with wireless capabilities, the sky’s the limit.
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Engineering R&D: What's printing for dinner?

3D printers have followed the path of mainframe computers: unrealized potential related to unaffordable access. Thanks to a serendipitous food application, 3D is morphing into a PC.
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Bottling company sees 2 percent efficiency improvement in five months

Implementing factory floor software let operators take ownership of performance and make significant improvements.

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Plan metal detection and conveying systems carefully

Processors that buy metal detection systems without due consideration to e conveying systems could find integration more difficult.

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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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Food Engineering

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2014 October

The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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