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X-Ray systems see through yogurt containers…and cases

Metal detection systems can’t see through foil lids, nor can they detect stones, pits, and other non-metallic foreign objects.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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 X-ray systems detect foreign objects by measuring the density of product and detecting differences or irregularities. 


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Pasta and potatoes, presto!

New rotary continuous cooking and cooling system processes more than 3,000 lbs. of pasta and potatoes per hour.
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Wedges and slices presented challenges for traditional cooking and cooling methods.


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Food Safety

HACCP software: Get with the program!

From HACCP forms generation to automated track-and-trace systems, affordable software tools make FSMA compliance easier for small and medium-sized processors, and can reduce the potential of recalls.
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Most operations can’t afford to be without HACCP software.
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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.
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 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.
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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.
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 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.”
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 The company generates between 60,000 and 80,000 gallons of wastewater a day, primarily from the raisin washing process.  


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