Processing

Engineering R&D: The upside of cavitation

Product heating and mixing are being transformed with technology that makes cavitation a positive force.


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Water’s rising tide

Attention to use of the humble hydrogen-oxygen molecule is producing sometimes-surprising operational improvements and cost savings at food plants.
 


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Food-grade lubricants come of age

Past trade-offs between performance and safety have disappeared
Food production consists of a vast array of equipment—pumps, mixers, oven chain drives, tanks, pipes, conveyor systems, compressors, automatic doors and many other units and systems.


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Tech Update: Maintain pumps on your schedule

With an eye toward maintenance and quick repairs, pump suppliers provide equipment to bolster uptimes.


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Spiral oven bakes potatoes more efficiently

New spiral ovens cook a wide range of products at higher speed with more control, consistency and a much smaller footprint.


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Engineering R&D: Anaerobic collaboration

The combination of membrane bioreactor filtration with a zoned anaerobic digester resulted in unprecedented COD reductions in a cheese plant’s high-strength effluent.


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Tech Update: Metal detection & X-ray inspection

System enhancements keep a protective eye on quality
Vigilance, metal detection equipment and X-ray inspection systems can help keep contaminants out of your food most of the time.


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Steam generators put deep freeze on food packer’s energy costs

Updated equipment provides steam on demand with greater than 80 percent efficiency


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Fabulous Food Plant: Hormel's Progressive Processing plant is built for the long haul

Hormel’s Progressive Processing plant is built for the long haul. A quarter century had passed since Hormel Foods had commissioned a new production facility. In designing its Dubuque plant, engineers aimed to create a facility that would be contemporary for the next 25 years.
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Site Selection: Redefining Location, location. Location

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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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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The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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