Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Wayne Labs has more than 20 years of editorial experience in industrial automation. He served as senior technical editor for I&CS/Control Solutions magazine for 18 years where he covered software, control system hardware and sensors/transmitters. Labs ran his own consulting business and contributed feature articles to Electronic Design, Control, Control Design, Industrial Networking and Food Engineering magazines. Before joining Food Engineering, he served as a senior technical editor for Omega Engineering Inc. Labs also worked in wireless systems and served as a field engineer for GE’s Mobile Communications Division and as a systems engineer for Bucks County Emergency Services. In addition to writing technical feature articles, Wayne covers FE’s Engineering R&D and Field Reports (case histories) sections.

ARTICLES

Fabulous Food Plant

Fabulous food plant: Chelten House heads west to meet market demand

Locating a new facility in Las Vegas had excellent odds, including cutting transportation costs and finding a committed workforce.
Chelten House Products is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that has provided great-tasting, high-end pasta sauce and salsa products for food retailers for more than 40 years.


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Sanitary Plant Design

A clean slate: Use it wisely

Not all processors have the luxury of picking a new property to build a food or beverage plant, but when they do, several factors affect sanitary design.
Starting with a clean slate is usually easier than renovating an older facility to catch up with food safety specifications as shown in the Food Engineering November 2014 article, “Renovate for the right reasons.”


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Engineering R&D

Improving the mechanical properties of stainless steel for food and beverage applications

Extending the wear resistance of stainless steel (SS) components used in food manufacturing equipment operating on production lines lengthens replacement intervals and minimizes potential component failure, resulting in decreased downtime and improved cost savings—a long, sought-after goal of any maintenance department.


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Sustainable Processor of the Year

Sustainable processor of the year: Smithfield foods embraces environmental stewardship

In the past, Food Engineering’s Sustainable Plant of the Year story has focused on a single plant at one geographic location that has made significant strides in sustainability.


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Plant Renovations

Renovate for the right reasons

You’ve received a less-than-stellar audit as you’re preparing for GFSI accreditation—not a good sign that your facility will also pass FSMA muster


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Engineering R&D

Scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours!

Have a robotics work cell project in a meat plant?


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Manufacturing News

The empathetic 21st-century engineer

While Dr. Frankenstein brought life to his creation, the result wasn’t exactly a warm, compassionate, empathetic being.


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Food Safety

FSMA HARPC Update

While it may not seem like much is happening, a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.
If you’re in the seafood or juice industry, each of which fall under HACCP rules, FSMA’s HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls) doesn’t apply to your business—and probably won’t in the future.


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Engineering R&D

Defense technology now applied in the food industry

MIT-Lincoln Laboratory research into rapid screening for anthrax and other dangerous pathogens has found its way into the food industry to detect both airborne and surface pathogens.
Remember the anthrax-tainted letters soon after 9/11?


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State of Food Manufacturing

The state of food manufacturing: The need for speed

A focus on lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands.
One glance at this year’s Food Engineering State of Manufacturing survey indicates, that for the most part, food and beverage processors are facing a lot of issues—many the same as last year.


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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.

Podcasts

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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Food Engineering

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2014 December

In the December 2014 issue of Food Engineering read about our Fabulous Food Plant feature on the Chelten House, a new facility in Las Vegas.

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