Articles by Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Best Practices

Automation tales from the trenches

Best practices in setting up and implementing automation systems go a long way to making a processor more successful than its peers.
November 8, 2013

 Technologies must be properly applied after careful planning to ascertain where and what to automate. 


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Manufacturing News

Energy savings and innovation key drivers at IBIE 2013

Key drivers in both equipment and software design included compliance with food safety regulations, energy savings and innovation.
November 8, 2013

The show offered opportunities to learn how to improve the craft of baking at every level.


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Manufacturing News

New poultry, hog inspection protocols under fire

The Government Accountability Office says there is insufficient data to verify the quality or safety of food these programs could deliver.
October 11, 2013

 Other media sources claim the pilot programs fail to stop contaminated meat from entering the supply chain.


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Field Reports

Inspecting one jar at a time

The all-seeing X-ray eye can do it faster and better than the human eye, fulfilling this processor’s motto, “Filled and Inspected One Jar at a Time.”
October 11, 2013

 The company uses the highest-quality production equipment and maintains vigilance in seeing that each jar of salsa meets the demanding standards of every other jar. 


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Field Reports

Krispy Kreme scales up doughnut production

Producing more than one million doughnuts per week requires consistent, accurate weighing of ingredients.
October 11, 2013

 Equipment must also be reliable, robust and easy to clean. 


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Field Reports

Brewery’s pump doesn't need valves

Combined with a flow meter, the positive-displacement pump accurately meters yeast flow.
October 11, 2013

 It can reverse directions as well, making the CIP/SIP process a piece of cake.  


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Field Reports

Raisin processor gets double duty from rinse water

Not only does the processor avoid high charges from the public treatment facility, it also sells concentrated sugar water to distilleries.
October 11, 2013

 The company generates between 60,000 and 80,000 gallons of wastewater a day, primarily from the raisin washing process.  


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Packaging

Top shelf test

New package audit shows how design helps or hinders spirits makers.
October 9, 2013

 Many consumers are attached to a vodka brand based on marketing and advertising instead of the actual product. 


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Features

State of Food Manufacturing 2013: Slowly Trending Upward

A lack of consumer confidence, prolonged unemployment and concern about regulations still hinder strong economic growth.
October 9, 2013

 Processors beef up food safety measures and invest in automation to remain competitive. 


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Food Safety

What GFSI can do for you

GFSI scheme owners are extending coverage to animal feeds and packaging while processors see GFSI accreditation as a stepping stone to FSMA compliance.
October 9, 2013

Processors see GFSI accreditation as a stepping stone to FSMA compliance. 


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Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.

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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