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Tech Update: Maintain pumps on your schedule

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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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

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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

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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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
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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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

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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

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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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

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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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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Flooring Commandment: Know Thy Installer

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Polymer science presents food and beverage manufacturers with many floor covering options, but performance often hinges on the expertise of the people installing them.
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The State of Food Manufacturing

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Staff expansions and production efficiencies are bright spots in an industry feeling the effects of economic forces beyond its control.
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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 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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