Processing

Downtime’s true calculated cost

Production is king, so maintenance personnel are lucky to get an hour per month on the equipment for fine-tuning, says JBT FoodTech’s Hanssen. “Yet you cannot run this way profitability, so food and beverage companies have to build in the time for preventive and predictive maintenance. Maintenance and production work more closely together,” continues Hanssen.


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TECH FLASH

Valve bag packaging for dry bulk foods: What are you missing out on?

Improvements in valve bag packaging have made the systems popular in Europe, but US manufacturers may still see them as messy or unreliable.

Why that perception should change.


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Features

State of Food Manufacturing 2013: Slowly Trending Upward

A lack of consumer confidence, prolonged unemployment and concern about regulations still hinder strong economic growth.

 Processors beef up food safety measures and invest in automation to remain competitive. 


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PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show Preview

Best practices and innovation on display

Co-located shows offer 700 exhibits featuring new technologies.

 The events are scheduled for November 3-6, 2013, in Chicago, IL. 


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Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement: Culture transformation

Through methodical, and at times surgical, application of a continuous improvement framework, Snyder’s-Lance’s Columbus team made a full organizational transformation in only one year.

Performance was not the focus, but became the outcome.


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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.

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.

 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.

Multiple control panels can easily overwhelm operators.


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TECH FLASH

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.
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.

Research suggests engineering degrees in the United States account for just 4.4 percent of total first university degrees.  


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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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In the December 2014 issue of Food Engineering read about our Fabulous Food Plant feature on the Chelten House, a new facility in Las Vegas.

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