Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Sanitary Equipment Design

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With food safety becoming a top priority, the cleanability of equipment and the professionalism and status of personnel are emerging as industry flashpoint.
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Food Safety Imperative: Protecting Your Supply Chain

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More regulation is not the answer, but making vows to keep the food supply safe is a good start.

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Outsourcing Engineering

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With the in-house engineering cupboard almost bare, food and beverage companies’ need for engineering services has never been greater. Where they’ll find it is the question.



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The Rise of AS/RS

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Automated storage and retrieval systems have served manufacturers for decades, but technical advances and practical considerations are making them more appealing than ever before.
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Engineering R&D: Move over, retort

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The math of commercial cost and consumer willingness to pay remains to be calculated, but in-container sterilization with microwaves already has achieved several milestones.

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Engineering R &D: Higher efficiency, lower cost with transformerless drives

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Years of collaborative research by Canadian engineers went into development of what they term active front-end technology, an advancement that is transforming medium-voltage AC drives.
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Let There Be Better Light

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A focus on energy efficiency has produced big improvements in industrial lighting, but other factors also need to be considered, experts say.
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Asset Management: The 8760 Plant

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A more disciplined approach to asset utilization is being adopted as food and beverage companies push the outer limits of what is possible in existing facilities.
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Packaging Materials Innovation

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Lightweighting of PET containers is front and center in packaging change, but cracking down on weight isn’t the only focus of material innovation.

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Devil's in the Detail of Beverage Manufacturing

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Beverage companies turn to the latest technologies to reduce costs and respond to new mandates for their products.
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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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