Articles by Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

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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Wise Water Usage, Treatment and Reclamation

With potable water prices going up, and water treatment costs going up even faster, processors are looking at pre-treating or completely treating their own wastewater for reuse.
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Tech Update: Software as a Service

Renting software may be a cost-effective approach compared to purchasing it, but performing due diligence is critical.

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Maintenance Reliability: End of the Run-to-Failure Mentality

Decrease unplanned downtime and get a leg up on the competition with proactive maintenance.
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Fabulous Food Plant: FAGE Yogurt

This brand-new, nearly lights-out plant employs state-of-the-art process control technology to produce and package a high-quality, consistent product.
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Tech Update: Metal Detection and X-ray Equipment

Contaminated products can severely damage any manufacturer’s reputation. Adding metal detection and X-ray equipment to your lines helps increase product value.
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Tech Update: Filling Equipment

Faced with changing consumer demands, processors require quick turnarounds, accurate fills and decreasing energy costs.
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Tech Update: Valves

Not only must they meet regulatory standards, valves also have to keep processes running 24/7.
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Vision-Guided Robots

While performing dangerous jobs, vision-guided robots can also help prevent food contamination.

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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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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

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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