Case Studies & Field Reports

Processor cans old displays for new color panel-mounts

McCall Farms upgrades old monochrome displays which were no longer suited to the task or the environment.


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CMMS keeps dairy equipment running efficiently

Software manages 1,500 pieces of equipment in four plants and cuts budgetary spending by 33 percent.


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Grape grower cuts energy costs, maintains quality standards

Integrated energy management system cuts electricity bills by 16 percent, pays for itself within two months.


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Eliminating out-of-spec batches cuts ingredient waste

While it was once common for operators to apprentice under experienced bakers to learn the business, today’s bakery operators are usually less trained and more prone to making mistakes on the plant floor, especially if batch instructions and records are kept on paper.
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Snack food maker cleans up its wastewater

Membrane bioreactor system eliminates $100,000 in monthly municipal surcharges.
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Vibratory sifting improves brownie throughput

Brownie baker upgrades its homebrew screener to keep up with increasing orders.
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Making in-flight pasta entrées bellissimo!

Pasta-maker uses a carefully tuned, continuous cooking/cooling process to produce perfect pasta every time.
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Pass the herbs, hold the metal flakes

Growing herb and spice processor increases quality with automated metal detection system that doesn’t eat up space.
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Robots speed delivery of fresh baked goods

Night time is the right time for automated DC technology.
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OEE keeps coffee process perking

Italian processor uses measurement and analysis to fine-tune production performance.
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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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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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