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Loud sonic horn shatters boiler ash buildup at brewery

Not a high-fidelity horn, this air-operated device packs a 150 dB wallop of acoustic energy at an Alaskan brewery.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Alaskan Brewing Company is the first brewery opened in Juneau since Prohibition, and from its beginning in 1986, sought to make high-quality, craft-brewed beer that was cost efficient and environmentally responsible.
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Field Reports

Steam boilers save time and money for ingredient processor

The equipment provides the exact pressure and temperature to run processing equipment while meeting NOx emission standards.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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RFI Ingredients, a provider of custom extracts and nutritional supplements, touts its slogan “From Field to Formula.” RFI’s commitment to its slogan is seen in its sourcing of raw materials from its own sustainable farms and a global network of growers and other providers.


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Tech Update

Tech Update: Meat and poultry processing

Equipment advances help minimize product contamination while raising production efficiency.
By Mikell Knights
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From freezing and frying to cleanliness and coding, new technologies make tasks easier.
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Water usage and treatment

Take a load off

Food and beverage plants under pressure to reduce contaminants in their discharge water are finding a wider range of solutions.
By Mikell Knights
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Water recovery and productivity goals are aided by new systems.
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TECH FLASH

DHS software applied to poultry processing

What works for the Department of Homeland Security can be applied to control risks in the food industry.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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FE asks an expert how Probabilistic Risk-Informed Analysis can be best applied to poultry processing applications.


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Fabulous Food Plants

Automation keeps fruit fresh at Paramount Citrus

This 640,000-sq.-ft. citrus fruit processing/packaging facility is almost completely automated and has a roof of solar cells and a fuel cell system to supply energy to the plant and the grid.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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The plant provides consumers fresh fruit consistent in size, color, quality and taste while scoring environmental points.


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Engineering R&D

Watch your dairy air

Sterile air extends product shelf life by protecting the processing space from impurities.
By Mikell Knights
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Purging airborne microbes like yeast and mold is not easy due to their size.


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Field Reports

Survival food bar packaging line needed resusciation

Redesign and upgrades of the line yielded a 125 percent increase in throughput.
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 Escalating sales volumes demanded higher throughput of the downstream packaging line. 


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Dry Processing Technology

Whole Bean Blending

A change in batch blending technology helped a coffee maker perk up product quality.
By Mikell Knights
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The wire-type batch blender the company used to mix the beans damaged them during the blending operation. 


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TECH FLASH

Record attendance marks successful PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show

IDFA and FPSA say they will co-locate again.
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Dairy companies and students were honored for innovation and new products.
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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 August 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how your operation could be doing more to create a culture of employee engagement. Also, read more on how your business and insurance partners must know the basics of your business and its nuances as well.

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