Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Real-Time Revolution

Market pressures are prompting food company executives to invest in data-collection systems to improve product consistency and yield.
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Tech Update: Special Tools, Special People

A combination of technology and training is needed to raise the level of food plant sanitation standards.
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Food Packaging: Packages with an Italian accent

Machinery and material innovations were on display for 45,000 visitors to Milan’s 2003 packaging show.
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Food Packaging: Bold flavors and containers at checkout

Innovative packages are breathing new life into breath-mint sales.
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Engineering R&D: Temperature readings by remote control

Miniaturization paves the way to improved health care for livestock.
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Tech Update: The kinetics of mixing & blending

Design engineers are applying high-tech tools to improve the performance of industrial mixers and blenders.
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Consolidation’s Fallout

In today’s environment, food processing often resembles a game of addition by subtraction.
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The Utility Management

Food plants may not be fertile ground for cogeneration, but there’s no shortage of other utility cost-trimming opportunities.
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Engineering R&D: The payoff from perseverance

Decades of experimentation and equipment changes went into the development of a process to extrude reformed, quick-cooking rice.
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TechnologyUpdate: Safety in Bulk

Enormous improvements have been made in efficient processing and packaging of bulk ingredients. Now the focus is on improving safety.
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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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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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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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