Automation

Printing labels on the fly

In the past, a packager had to have printing plates made outside, resulting in difficult and costly changes. Now, a keyboard and the press of a button activate the print jobs.

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ERP connects the "global village"

McCain Foods needed an ERP system that could pull together its global manufacturing base, financial management, supply chain and innovation components.

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Produce supply chain solutions require networks of traceability providers, growers and label converters

A uniquely printed label for each produce container allows supply chain parties and the consumer to get full data on the produce’s origin.

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Decreasing energy usage with SERCOS

For machine builders using SERCOS real-time communications, there are some methods that can be implemented to reduce energy consumption.

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Processor keeps quality high, customers satisfied

A statistical process control system replaced older, slower Excel-based methods of keeping products on track.

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Automation expenditures will grow

Slowed somewhat by the recession in 2009, food and beverage expenditures for automation are expected to pick up.

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Manage formulas, maximize profit

Pursuing best practices with the right tools in managing formulas can help processors maximize revenue growth while controlling bottom line costs.

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Keeping weight errors low in LoSalt

New checkweighing equipment keeps product giveaway to a minimum.

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Original Bagel achieves paperless lot traceability

Software system helps the bagel maker get control of ingredient weights and conform to FDA track-and-trace requirements.

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The soft dough challenge

New end-of-arm tool for pick-and-place application provides greater manufacturing flexibility and a better product for Brooklyn baker.

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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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