Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

Standardized sanitation

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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


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Trade secrets on display

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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

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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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