Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Standardized sanitation

August 6, 2012
An emerging consensus on how best to minimize contamination risks in food plants is adding clarity to design objectives.
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Green, by the way

August 6, 2012
Functionality usually takes a back seat or rides shotgun with environmentally friendly packaging materials, but that’s not the case with a new polymer film from the Australian firm Plantic Technologies Ltd.
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Store-wrapped beef’s Waterloo?

August 6, 2012
Case-ready meat has replaced in-store wrapping for many products, and a new film provides another opportunity for centralized packaging in vacuum bags.
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Drop the knife, and move away from the pork

August 6, 2012
Tool-less opening of primal cuts in foodservice and back-of-house retail operations has come to pork, a year after Sealed Air Corp.’s Cryovac division introduced the feature to bags used in beef shipments.
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Reciprocating retorts

August 6, 2012
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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10th Annual Replacement Parts Survey: Intelligent Maintenance Best Practices

July 5, 2012

For an accurate reflection of trends in maintenance management and parts and components inventory practices, Food Engineering asks the front-line professionals.


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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference Report

June 8, 2012

The age of transparency has arrived in food and beverage manufacturing, and the reverberations are being felt throughout the industry.


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Tech Update: Advanced Process Control

June 8, 2012

Advances in controls technology often manifest themselves in their ability to make the possible more probable.


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Trade secrets on display

June 8, 2012

Packaging machinery and processing equipment are joined at the hip, and there were plenty of innovations in both at March’s Anuga FoodTec show.


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The bionic gripper

June 8, 2012

Engineers have taken advantage of 3-D printing for rapid prototyping of tools and parts in recent years. Technicians at the German firm Festo AG & Co. are taking the technology to the next level to mass produce end-of-arm robotic attachments.


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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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Tyson Foods made headlines announcing the company intends to acquire Hillshire Brands in a deal valued at $8.55 billion. Do you think the acquisition for will be beneficial for meat and poultry processors?
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The July 2014 issue of Food Engineering features the 12th Annual Replacement Parts Survey. Also covered: OEE improvement steps and increased filtration cycle.

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