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Editor's Note: That which speeds production could also bring it to a halt

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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Today, mobile devices are used on the production floor to monitor processes and to communicate with supply chains.


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Engineering R&D: Shear waves in filtration

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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From fractionating milk solids to waste treatment aimed at zero liquid discharge, filtration is playing a growing role in the food industry, provided manufacturers can keep membranes clean.
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Editor's Note: There’s no stopping the growing force and rewards of sustainability

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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About 10 years ago, someone from a major food industry supplier called me to discuss his company’s commitment to sustainability. 


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Engineering R&D: Research in the trenches

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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With government funding drying up and businesses curtailing in-house programs, food technology research often has an entrepreneurial feel in the 21st century.
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The proof is in the paperwork

By Richard F. Stier, Contributing Editor
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Processors must understand not only what materials are being moved through their plumbing systems, but how these lines are designed and laid out.
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Editor's Note: Another new reality - Finding an electronic balance

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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Many successful business ideas are still uncovered over a coffee or a cocktail.
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Editor's Note: Partnership will make the difference

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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Over the past few months, the news media have been full of reports about novel weight loss drugs and new findings about calories, metabolism and diets, as well continued reports on the obesity epidemic.


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Reciprocating retorts

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Rapid movement can dramatically reduce cycle times in retorts, but controlling the force created by a heavy basket’s motion required years of additional development.
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Editor's Note: A season of change in food and beverage manufacturing

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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Change is in the air, and trends seem to be shifting.
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Editor's Note: PS, I hate you. The truth doesn’t always set you free

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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When I was awoken today by my alarm clock set to a local news radio station, I thought, “Today’s going to be a better day for the food industry.”


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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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