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Conveyor belting should be seen and not heard

When belting runs quietly, there’s little wear, and that means long life and very little downtime.
Table Talk Pies, located in Worcester, MA since 1938, makes those four-in. round pies that, if you live in the Northeast, you’ve probably have had the opportunity to try.


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Food safety and quality keep processor ahead of its competition

New processing/forming equipment is not only built for performance, it has food safety designed into every unit.
A family-owned business, JTM Food Group started more than 40 years ago in the retail meat industry and prides itself on working closely with customers to develop ideas for custom food products sold to schools, restaurants, healthcare groups, convenience stores and retail grocery stores.


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Redesigned filter solves winery production lag

The old filter clogged easily, requiring frequent cleaning and producing a lot of downtime.
Royal Wine Corporation is a leader in the kosher wine and beverage industry.


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Treat root causes instead of symptoms to improve OEE

Chocolate bar line significantly improves performance by implementing partner approach to continuous improvement plan.
Mondelez Ireland is a market-leading producer of chocolate, biscuits (cookies), gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages.


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Perfect frozen pizzas: It’s a wrap

Palermo’s new high-speed shrink wrapping line can side-seal 150 frozen pizzas per minute compared to the old sealing machine’s rate of 90 pizzas per minute.
Based in Milwaukee, WI, Palermo’s Pizza was started by Sicilian immigrants Gaspare and Zina Fallucca who opened an Italian bakery on Milwaukee’s east side in 1964.


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DIY: Automating a donut line

Mel-O-Cream Donuts designed a simple yet robust automated packaging and labeling line to replace a manual system.
Founded in 1932 as a retail shop in Springfield, IL, Mel-O-Cream International manufactures bakery products, primarily for wholesale distribution to supermarkets and bakeries.


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Clean compressed air system is green, too

The last thing a processor needs is oil-contaminated food. Oil-free air compressors fill the bill while conserving energy.
Kolak Snack Foods Ltd. is a leading UK manufacturer of crisps (potato chips) and snacks. Its brands include Kolak Diamond Crisps and Snacks and Dylans Hand Cooked Crisps.


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Microbrewery puts a new face on its flooring

Equipment and chemicals are tough on bare cement, but a layer of polyurethane gives the floor a new life.
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The tools to scale up the perfect batch

 Lab-based, inline pasteurization system and hygienic filling/closing bench allow exotic beverage processor to experiment with small beverage quantities. 


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Equipment track record justifies placement in new facility

After a conveyor proved itself in an existing facility, choosing a unit for a new plant was a no-brainer.


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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 this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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