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PACK EXPO Preview

Attendee-friendly features enhance Vegas trade show

PACK EXPO is a comprehensive source of packaging and processing technologies, education and networking.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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More than 1,600 exhibitors and 26,000 attendees will be present. 


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Tech Update: Valves

Control the flow

Lower-cost, mix-proof, tank-style and control-top configurations proliferate.
By Mikell Knights
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 Clean-in-process techniques can help dairy and beverage firms realize productivity gains. 


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TECH FLASH

Integrate equipment for improved bar line efficiency

A line comprised of unintegrated equipment increases the chance of operator error.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Multiple control panels can easily overwhelm operators.


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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 provides path to food safety, better branding and more

PACK EXPO will demonstrate new processing and packaging technologies to help manufacturers stay competitive.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Here's a preview of some of show highlights for PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013.
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Engineering Staff Development

The employee engagement challenge: hiring, training and retaining key staff

US food and beverage plants are looking in house, on campus, online and at third parties to fill their engineering staff needs as industry advances loom.
By Mikell Knights
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Research suggests engineering degrees in the United States account for just 4.4 percent of total first university degrees.  


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Wastewater Treatment

Waste not, want not

Not one wastewater treatment solution is suitable for every application, so it’s essential to find the one that fits your budget and future water and energy needs.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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With the right strategies, you could decrease wastewater surcharges from your publicly owned treatment works and recoup some energy out of your wastewater. 


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Does your operation need color-coding? 13 criteria to help you decide

Color-coding can be an important component of your HACCP plan.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Learn how it could benefit your operation’s processing, maintenance and sanitation procedures.


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Court orders FDA to publish remaining FSMA regulations

The Center for Food Safety and Center for Environmental Health initiated the lawsuit leading to the decision.
By Shane O'Halloran
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FDA proposed using target timeframes, but a judge ordered a date be set.


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11th Annual Replacement Parts Survey

Replacement Parts Survey: Advancing inventory practices

While cutting costs drives innovation in product sourcing and inventory management, processors are demanding higher-quality spare parts.
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Food and beverage plants spent less on replacement parts and components in 2013 and are focused on lower inventories and competitive pricing as key business drivers, based on replies from industry professionals in Food Engineering’s 11th Annual Replacement Parts and Components Trends Survey.


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Survey says: Process manufacturers still confused about FSMA

Many respondents have not budgeted for FSMA-required upgrades, and about half are unsure how the regulations will affect them.
By Shane O'Halloran
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FDA estimates new regulations will cost the average factory around $13,000 and will be enforced with new powers to fine, initiate recalls or shut down noncompliant businesses.


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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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