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Automation Series

The rise of robotic automation

Robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, but how do you know where to implement robotic automation?
Throughput. It all comes down to this number.


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Engineering R&D

Free fall fluid flow

With all due respect to Jim Morrison of The Doors, who authored “Yes, the River Knows,” the title of this story aptly describes how a viscous fluid or slurry pours out of a tilted container with an interior surface coated with a food-safe, slippery compound.


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Power Transmission

Components toughen up

While the power transmission industry is pretty mature, power transmission components have had to endure a lot of hardships imposed upon them by the food and beverage industry.


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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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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.

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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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2015 January

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

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