Automation

Editor's Note

Industry leaders share leading-edge manufacturing and operations solutions

January 7, 2013

As we put together this enormous January issue, the Food Engineering staff was also putting the final touches on the program for the 2013 Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference (FA&M), scheduled for April 12-15 in Naples, FL.


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Editor's Note: That which speeds production could also bring it to a halt

December 5, 2012

Today, mobile devices are used on the production floor to monitor processes and to communicate with supply chains.


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TECH FLASH

Fresh juice processor automates pasteurization with continuous process

Holland’s Hoogesteger first in Europe to use pulsed electric field technology to treat fresh juice
November 28, 2012
The processor extended shelf life from one week to 21 days.
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Automating food production in the future

“TrendWatcher” raises eyebrows at Dutch Food Valley Awards
November 28, 2012
New food processes will create new products with novel and sometimes strange ingredients, keeping future populations from starving.
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Complexity of systems, shortage of engineers spells trouble

One organization helps processors find qualified technical people
November 28, 2012
With increasing software complexity and engineers retiring from the workforce, processors are faced with finding qualified people outside their walls.
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New ERP system improves processor’s operations

When an ERP system needs to be reprogrammed to keep up, a new system can save money in the long run
October 29, 2012
We shape our tools, and thereafter, our tools shape us … for the better.
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TECH FLASH

On the road with maintenance management

Older maintenance management systems chained technicians down, but mobile systems keep them moving
October 29, 2012
This cloud-based maintenance management software keeps maintenance people on the run, speeding up productivity.
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TECH FLASH

When batching systems no longer keep up

Regulatory requirements demand that batch software provide electronic recordkeeping
October 29, 2012
Sometimes no amount of patching and custom coding can match the scheduling and recordkeeping capabilities of a new batch system.
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TECH FLASH

Miniature, automated chocolate factory assembles bars for guests

September 25, 2012
Though a guest attraction at HERSHEY’s Chocolate world, this automated line works just like its big brothers in the plant.
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Rollers take the pressure out of conveying

September 25, 2012
Add PLCs and motion control, and a smart conveying system is ready to interface to smart wrapping and packaging systems.
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