Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Wayne Labs has more than 20 years of editorial experience in industrial automation.  Before joining Food Engineering, he served as a senior technical editor for Omega Engineering Inc.  In addition to feature articles, Wayne covers FE’s Manufacturing News, Dry Processing and Field Reports (case histories) sections and writes FE’s twice monthly TechFlash e-newsletter. Email: labsw@bnpmedia.com

ARTICLES

Maintenance Software

CMMS provides enhanced functionality

April 8, 2014
Maintenance staff can’t do their jobs if they spend more time on paperwork than maintenance.
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Sanitary Equipment Design

Sanitary Equipment Design

April 8, 2014

Depending on the application and the country, design rules and standards can vary, causing headaches for machine builders as they try to make designs more universal.


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Manufacturing News

Talking outside the box: Are we connected yet?

The industrial "internet of things" is close at hand—or already here.
March 8, 2014

 The recent ARC Industry Forum, held in Orlando FL, described an “industrial Internet of Things” (IoT) as being close at hand. In fact, many of the technologies are already here, but some still need work to provide the services and security industrial operations need.  


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Food Safety

Raw materials: Test or no test?

You can send incoming raw material samples out to a third-party lab, but plenty of easy-to-use, rapid test kits can more quickly provide the results you need—right at your own facility.
March 8, 2014

A June 10, 2011 report on Deutsche Welle states “bean sprouts are the likely source of an E. coli outbreak in Germany that has killed 31 people and made nearly 3,000 ill since May [2011].” This information was attributed to Reinhard Burger, president of Germany’s federal infectious disease laboratory, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). 


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Automation

Cost containment: Using automation to help stop leaks

Everywhere you look, your cash flow is hemorrhaging. Integrated automation systems can show you where to start applying tourniquets.
March 8, 2014

 You may be able to use a spreadsheet or home accounting program to get your household finances in order. But, there are so many places for cash to evaporate in a food or beverage plant, that unless you are using an integrated software system to track and focus every process, you may never know if leaks exist. 


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Cover Story

Global Manufacturing Management: Extending your worldwide reach

If you’re thinking about setting up a plant in a foreign country, take it a step at a time and look for a partner that shares your goals.
February 7, 2014

Whether you’re a small, medium or large food and beverage manufacturer, taking the plunge and opening a new plant in a foreign country is a huge decision, often fraught with risks you may have never envisioned. But there are alternatives, and finding the one that makes sense for your operation can help propel your products into the global marketplace.


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Manufacturing News

Out for comment: FSMA on food defense

The Proposed Rule on Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration is out for comment until the end of March.
February 7, 2014
While FSMA sections on the Produce Safety Rule and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule have garnered the lion’s share of the news in the last few months, the Proposed Rule on Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration is out for comment until the end of March. Though no large-scale events have occurred, a few small ones have affected small groups of people for various, unrelated reasons.
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Food Safety

Automated cleaning and sanitation saves time, produces better results

CIP and COP systems benefit from automated washing systems that make use of spraying equipment matched to the right chemical media.
February 7, 2014
With FSMA in place and many processors seeking GFSI certifications, effective cleaning and sanitation are more important than ever.
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Manufacturing Intelligence

Manufacturing Intelligence: Using the right tools to make the right decisions

You may have an ERP system and industrial controls in place, but are you getting the key performance indicators needed to stay ahead of the competition?
January 10, 2014
Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence software is a crucial tool.
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Field Reports

Faster doors for safer food

Roll-up doors prevent contamination and control air pressure
January 10, 2014

“Don’t hold that door open” isn’t a command heard in this food ingredient operation with automatic, high-speed, roll-up doors.


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