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Industry leaders share leading-edge manufacturing and operations solutions

As we put together this enormous January issue, the Food Engineering staff was also putting the final touches on the program for the 2013 Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference (FA&M), scheduled for April 12-15 in Naples, FL.


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Engineering R&D: One drop at a time

This year’s World Food Prize honors a US-born scientist’s work in reshaping farming practices to make them more efficient and productive by changing the way water is delivered.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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2014 October

The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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