Automation

Asset Management: Aligning Man and Machine

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

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?

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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Automated Data Collection: Rapid Reporting On Demand

Tablet PCs, PDAs and even Kindles are replacing clipboards for manufacturers migrating to automated data collection systems for quality control, including HACCP checkpoints.
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Plant Profile: Filling Local Demand

Flexible new Kleinpeter Farms Dairy ice cream facility mixes up homegrown success.
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Tech Update: Non-Thermal Processing

As consumers desire fresher tasting food, the challenge for processors is to produce bacteria-free products while maintaining flavor, color and texture.
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KeHE DC sees 300 percent productivity gain with automated material handling system

Natural food industry giant’s Allentown, PA distribution center achieves 99.9 percent order accuracy and cuts operating costs per square foot in half.

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Fieldbus Foundation announces first registered devices implementing advanced field diagnostics

New diagnostics technology will optimize plant asset management programs.

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König Brewery maximizes uptime with the right sensors

Having to readjust the mounting locations for proximity sensors as machine parts wear wastes time and can cause poor product quality.

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A simpler solution for a clean machine design

This frankfurter machine maker switched to totally enclosed SS motors rather than using open motors that had to be protected from washdown environments.

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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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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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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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