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Facility overhaul provides improved equipment maintenance

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Baked bean processor chooses motors and gears based on their longevity.
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Screening for dollars

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Reducing protein loss in skim milk cold filtration system prevents waste.
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Citrus with appeal

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Operation converts 100% of orange and other citrus peels to useful products.
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Frozen pie line is one cool system

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Robots and vision-based quality system provide overall efficiency of 99.7%.
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Spirited DC gets an automation upgrade

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High-tech material handling system picks orders and moves product quickly with minimal breakage.
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New IBC has a ‘silver lining'

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Replacing intermediate bulk container and liner keeps waste at a minimum for Dr Pepper.
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Bottling aged whiskey requires long-lived lubrication

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Lubricants protect equipment and extend production runs.
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Cruise control option eases robotic conveying

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New vacuum system handles cheese and produces some not-so-cheesy results.
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Bagel maker's aging floor gets a facelift

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New floor speeds clean-up, resists extreme temperatures and minimizes bacteria build-up.
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Wireless data logger eliminates inspector

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Monitoring critical temperatures also allows better control of product quality.

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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.


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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2014 September

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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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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