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Tech Update: Wireless Applications

Eliminate wires and legwork with radio communications

Wireless systems help alleviate plant installation obstructions and provide cost efficiencies. With FSMA looming, it’s time to get moving to support electronic recordkeeping with wireless capabilities.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Look around you. You probably have operating parameters you’d like to measure and track to satisfy the requirements of regulators, especially with FDA getting serious about implementing parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


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Improving SCADA and industrial control systems

Everyone agrees security for industrial systems should be easier to deploy and more effective.
By Shane O'Halloran
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One improvement would be implementation of better standards for information exchange between security systems.


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TECH FLASH

Real-time visibility of OEE quality metrics separates industry winners from losers

How can operations continue to improve after obvious measures have been taken?
By Shane O'Halloran
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Operations with real-time visibility of quality metrics outperform those that don’t.


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TECH FLASH

Selecting the best temperature measurement and control systems for your plant

PID, data acquisition and programmable logic controller systems all have benefits and drawbacks.
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Depending on an operation’s needs, one or a combination of systems may be best.


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TECH FLASH

Connecting ERP with HACCP, LIMS and PLM systems

For farm-to-fork control of products, build your ERP system on your HACCP plan and connect it with lab and product lifecycle systems.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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For farm-to-fork control of products, build your ERP system on your HACCP plan and connect it with lab and product lifecycle systems.
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TECH FLASH

Vibratory sieves improve productivity and product purity for bakery ingredient supplier

Following successful trials to check-screen bakery ingredients, Zeelandia purchased two Russell Compact sieves to boost productivity and ensure hygiene standards.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Following successful trials to check-screen bakery ingredients, Zeelandia purchased two Russell Compact sieves to boost productivity and ensure hygiene standards.
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TECH FLASH

SPS IPC Drives Exhibition launches sercos III

New tools and capabilities were on display at the convention.
By Shane O'Halloran
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New tools and capabilities were on display at the convention.
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Future manufacturing

Food Plant 2023: Rise of the Visual Factory

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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If the past is prologue, production of food and beverage products will look a lot different in 10 years than it does today.


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Plant Profile

Making ice cream the safe way

By Jim Carper
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Safety first, then efficiency. That’s how Safeway makes packaged ice cream and frozen novelties at its plant in Bellevue, WA. Lean manufacturing principles guide the business.


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Editor's Note

Industry leaders share leading-edge manufacturing and operations solutions

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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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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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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FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
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Food Engineering

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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