Articles by Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Tech Update: Clean-in-Place Equipment

Food safety concerns require effective and shorter cleaning times. As a result, CIP components must withstand higher temperatures and harsher chemicals.
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Tech Update: Cooling & Freezing Equipment

Today’s economy creates hard choices for processors selecting cooling and freezing equipment systems. But solutions exist to decrease energy usage and convert the reject heat of cooling to useful energy to heat water.
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Supply Chain Efficiency Starts at the Top

There are many tools to make supply chains respond to quick and unplanned changes, but success must begin with senior management.
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Plant Construction Survey: Era of Intelligent Asset Management

Evaluate, consolidate, concentrate, relocate, truncate, terminate and expurgate. These words describe actions processors have taken to survive the recession.
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Tech Update: Size Reduction

While obtaining optimal yield is a priority in size reduction applications, other factors such as food safety, operator safety and equipment reliability are key concerns.
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Tech Update: Conveying and Belting

While conveyors may not be the highest-tech devices on the plant floor, current processor demands are bringing them up to speed.
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Essential Guide to Manufacturing Software

Intelligence is power, and processors require actionable, well-rounded intelligence to remain profitable.

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Processor saves money buying in bulk

Bulk-bag discharger allows the purchase of 1-ton bags of ingredients instead of multiple, smaller and more costly bags.
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Tech Update: Pumping Systems

Processors are looking for efficient, CIP-able pumping systems at reasonable costs to perform more challenging tasks.
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Tech Update: Mixing and Blending

Complete knowledge of your process and product can improve quality and yield.
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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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FE September 2014

2014 September

The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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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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