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Food Safety

Automated cleaning and sanitation saves time, produces better results

CIP and COP systems benefit from automated washing systems that make use of spraying equipment matched to the right chemical media.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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With FSMA in place and many processors seeking GFSI certifications, effective cleaning and sanitation are more important than ever.
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Vegetable processor improves productivity and capacity of canning operation with a fully automated retort room

Far less labor is required in the new high-efficiency system.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Due to the processing’s seasonal nature, 24 hour per day, seven day per week uptime is required.
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TECH FLASH

ISA to develop new mission-critical professional certification program

The new program is part of a $23 million grant from the Department of Labor to prepare workers for careers in “mission-critical operations.”
By Shane O'Halloran
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ISA’s program will focus on industrial operations, a point of focus for many food and beverage processors.


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Field Reports

From clipboards to CMMS, maintenance is now a snap

Fish producer uses computerized maintenance management to handle production equipment, farm equipment and operator certifications.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Snow Island is a Nova Scotia-based salmon producer distinguished by its commitment to the environment and sustainable farming practices for raising salmon from egg to plate. The company gives its salmon extra room to grow, maintaining a 98.5 percent volume of water to 1.5 percent of fish in its pens and nets. And while many other operations house one million-plus fish per farm, Snow Island farms contain only 500,000.
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TECH FLASH

Cool energy waste in your refrigeration systems!

Energy audits can spot potential waste and provide short-term fixes, but a refrigeration energy management system can keep temperatures and costs cool.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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A modular energy management system can keep a facility’s cooling costs under control.


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Rockwell Automation Fair offers up-close look at trends in automation and process control

Global population growth means great challenges, but also great opportunity.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Improving asset utilization and innovation while managing risk will allow industry leaders to thrive.


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TECH FLASH

ARC announces 2014 Industry Forum agenda

The event will focus on the emerging information-driven enterprise.
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The 2014 event will be held February 10-13 in Orlando, FL.


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Maintenance Technology

Proactive maintenance management

Processors move from calendar-based checks and reports to condition monitoring of assets in real time.
By Mikell Knights
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 Predictive and preventive maintenance tools help to reduce unplanned downtimes of critical equipment.


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Best Practices

Automation tales from the trenches

Best practices in setting up and implementing automation systems go a long way to making a processor more successful than its peers.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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 Technologies must be properly applied after careful planning to ascertain where and what to automate. 


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Downtime’s true calculated cost

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Production is king, so maintenance personnel are lucky to get an hour per month on the equipment for fine-tuning, says JBT FoodTech’s Hanssen. “Yet you cannot run this way profitability, so food and beverage companies have to build in the time for preventive and predictive maintenance. Maintenance and production work more closely together,” continues Hanssen.


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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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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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