Articles by Karen Schweizer, Assoc. Managing Editor

Eye on Equipment in Powder & Bulk Material Handling

The pressure dense-phase conveying systems from Nu-Con Equipment are engineered to convey fragile powders and agglomerated materials like infant formulas, drink mixes, creamers and food additives.
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Dry Processing Technology: Focus on Powder and Bulk Operations

Bulk solids metering equipment saves time and increases efficiencies for nutritional manufacturer.
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Sugar coating it

When one of Weetabix's private label customers wanted the company to produce sugarcoated flakes, Weetabix decided it was time to enter the world of automation. A multinational company headquartered in the UK, Weetabix manufactures its own brands of cereal (Weetabix and Alpen) and processes recipes for nearly 100 brands of cereals for the Canadian, American and British markets. Specifically, the company wanted to automate its material handling processes at its Cobourg, Ontario plant. The existing method was a laborious process-workers lifted extremely heavy sacks filled with granulated sugar and poured them into a blender.
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Drawn to purity

More than one-third of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine, according to a 2004 study by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health. Of these, 19 percent used natural products such as herbs, botanicals and enzymes. Increasingly, market research and NIH studies show that consumers are turning to these products in the form of herbal teas or infusions in order to maintain good health, improve metabolism or increase resistance to the common cold or flu.
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Dry Processing Technology: Challenged to mix it up

Your assignment: increase production by 250 percent. You cannot hire any additional staff. You cannot add production hours. And, you can have only a small increase in space on the plant floor.
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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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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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