Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Tech Update:<br>Plant Maintenance's Goldilocks Principle

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Too much maintenance is a waste; too little is a prescription for disaster. Fortunately, software can deliver schedules that are just right.
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Fresh Today, Safe Next Week

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The same technologies that deliver pathogen-free foods are the ones that extend shelf life.
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The Outsource Option

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Food companies are taking a closer look at outsourcing production, support services and even management responsibilities.
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Controlled drying of shelf-stable cheese

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Food processors learned long ago how to make foods shelf stable.
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The Culture of Clean

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When an Avian influenza (AI) outbreak in early spring quarantined poultry farms on the eastern seaboard, a collective shudder was felt by processors, breeders and regulators.
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The World of Packaging Under One Roof

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Throngs of food and packaging professionals flocked to Chicago for Pack Expo 2000, the biennial showcase for the machines shaping the industry's products
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Make it safe, wrap it cheap?

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Not necessarily. Food Engineering readers rate food safety as the top criterion for their firms' packaging, though cost is always a consideration.
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Quick Changeover Strategies: Pigs Squeal, Change Happens

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Whether it’s color-coded changeover parts or automatic pigging systems, food processors are tapping a wide array of tools to improve plant flexibility.
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The State of Food Manufacturing - Stuck in Neutral

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Food Engineering’s annual State of Food Manufacturing survey finds an industry cautious about the economy as it maintains slow and steady growth.
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Engineering R&D: A CO2 solution for juice

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Fresh, nonthermally treated juice has enormous sales potential. A new process is emerging from the research lab to accomplish that.
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