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Optimizing walnut moisture content is a win-win-win

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(Clockwise, starting at top left): Walnuts arrive in trucks; walnuts are then placed in drying bins; Opto 22 SNAP PAC brains and I/O bring in sensor data and control drying
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Metal detector for discerning cheeses

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Finding metal shards in cheese is one thing, but to do it in the presence of RFID tags is a real challenge. 
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PCs can stand the heat and stay in the kitchen

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Plant dishes out food to airline passengers and environmental abuse to panel PCs. 
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ASRS minimizes energy usage, improves efficiency

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Switching from manual cold storage warehousing to an automated storage and retrieval system improves inventory accuracy.
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Produce supplier gains efficiency with MES/weighing system

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System provides traceability data to help meet government regs and measures operator performance.
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Machinery integration accelerates condiment production

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Servo-driven case packer not only speeds packaging, it also improves quality and overall productivity.
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Metal detectors provide reliable sensitivity, zero downtime

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Meat processor puts metal detectors to the test and finds one that works with a wide range of products.
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A chocolate a day keeps the doctor away

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Making healthy chocolate requires a more sophisticated machine than the doctor first realized.
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Processor finds one-stop shopping

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Gourmet pasta and sauce manufacturer searches for a continuous grilling oven and finds a spiral freezer as well. 
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Time to give the old boilers a rest

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On-demand steam generators quench energy-efficiency needs for Nestlé beverage manufacturer.
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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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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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