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Automation Federation, IMS extend automation competency model

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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

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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"

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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

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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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?

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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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

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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

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

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Asset Management: Aligning Man and Machine

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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A coordinated approach to asset management has value for facilities, equipment and the people responsible for both.
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Poultry Processing: Tender Birds, Tougher Challenges

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Despite improvements in technology, poultry processors are taking it on the chin with environmental issues and the rising costs of water and energy.
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Editor's Note: Seeking innovation?

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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True innovation is within your reach. One of the best ways to achieve it is by networking with food industry colleagues in an educational atmosphere.
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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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