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Food Plant 2023: Rise of the Visual Factory

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

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

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

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
The processor extended shelf life from one week to 21 days.
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TECH FLASH

Automating food production in the future

“TrendWatcher” raises eyebrows at Dutch Food Valley Awards
New food processes will create new products with novel and sometimes strange ingredients, keeping future populations from starving.
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TECH FLASH

Complexity of systems, shortage of engineers spells trouble

One organization helps processors find qualified technical people
With increasing software complexity and engineers retiring from the workforce, processors are faced with finding qualified people outside their walls.
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TECH FLASH

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
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
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
Sometimes no amount of patching and custom coding can match the scheduling and recordkeeping capabilities of a new batch system.
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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

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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