Automation

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FDT approved as national automation standard of China

The approval will allow multinational companies to deploy automation platforms on a global scale.

Adoption of the standard should improve device integration and asset management capabilities.


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ISA urges inclusion of ANSI/ISA99 in national cybersecurity framework

Automation Federation has worked closely with the government in an advisory capacity.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has spearheaded the campaign.


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Five keys for low-temperature valve and fluid automation device selection

When temperatures drop, will your valves and fluid automation devices hold up?

From selection and delivery to operations and maintenance, low temperatures can cause problems for fluid automation devices and valves.


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Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement: Culture transformation

Through methodical, and at times surgical, application of a continuous improvement framework, Snyder’s-Lance’s Columbus team made a full organizational transformation in only one year.

Performance was not the focus, but became the outcome.


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New ISA99 standard addresses risks of IT cybersecurity solutions

As industrial automation and controls systems become more complex, so do vulnerabilities.

A new security standard describes best practices for implementing cybersecurity solutions.


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TECH FLASH

ARC Advisory Group announces Industry Forum 2014 agenda

Those responsible for evaluating new technologies and best practices should attend.

The event will feature more than 10 programs and 35 sessions.


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TECH FLASH

Cybersecurity tech pack now available for download

The pack includes a variety of resources to help operators improve cybersecurity defenses.

Technical papers and two complete reference books are included.


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TECH FLASH

New hyperspectral sensor-based system for potato processors helps sorting

The technology can help identify problems in a potato’s chemical composition before processing.
By identifying issues like sugar ends before cooking, processors save time and money.
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Robotics

Is there a robot in your line’s future?

Robots aren’t all things to all people, but in the right place, they can be a big time and labor saver.

 Robots can help increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), which improves a processor’s bottom line. 


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TECH FLASH

Case history: Animal crackers get chocolate-covered makeover

When Stauffer’s needed baggers and scales for chocolate enrobing, they travelled to PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

New chocolate-enrobed crackers have been so popular, the baggers and scales run 24 hours a day.


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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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