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Cyber-Security Guidelines for Industrial Ethernet

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As manufacturers increase connectivity between plant floor and enterprise systems to boost productivity and reduce time to market, this interconnectivity can also bring undesirable security risks. ODVA (Open Device-Net Vendors Association) released a document that provides guidelines on how to minimize these risks.
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Supply Chain: Demand-driven production

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Mastery of the supply chain can yield tremendous cost savings for food companies, but only if production is aligned with what will sell in the months ahead.
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Tech Update: Packaging Machine Controls

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Teaching packaging machines to communicate. Thanks to open standards, packaging machine controls communicate up and down the line and with MES and ERP systems to provide key performance data.
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Site Selection: Redefining Location, location. Location

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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What makes location the most important criterion in selecting a site? Transportation, logistics, labor force, water and utility costs—to name a few.
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Engineering R&D: Talent Pool Development

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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With a large cadre of American workers ready to retire, training and educating the next generation of technicians and engineers is a critical need in manufacturing.
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Editor's Note: Barometers of our industry and the economy

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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As 2011 comes to a close, I am continuing my research into the life line of the economy and how it affects the food and beverage industry.
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Sustainable Plant of the Year: Frito-Lay Casa Grande Plant Attains Near Net Zero

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Efficiency was built into Frito-Lay’s Casa Grande plant a quarter-century ago, but the snack maker takes the facility’s energy- and water-conservation systems to a new level with near net zero.
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Indispensable Energy Audits

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Energy audits and management can increase the bottom line, but to be effective, the job is never done.
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Editor's Note: Making a difference in the battle of the bulge

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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Thank you to the food industry members who are making access to nutritional information easier.
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Engineering R&D: Sensors for a digital world

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Advances in sensor technology are bringing industrially hardened detectors with on-board electronics to food and beverage processors.
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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.

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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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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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