Articles by Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Tech Update - Pumps

Look before you leap into pump selection

While there may be more than one pump solution for a specific application, it pays to do some homework first to find the most efficient solution.
April 9, 2013

Increase efficiency. Improve product handling characteristics. Meter ingredients or cleaning chemicals more accurately. Cut maintenance time and downtime. Decrease energy usage.


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Dry Processing

Organic grain packager fills it to the limit

Taking the load off the backs of operators, this automatic bag filler also has increased production rates by 40 percent.
April 9, 2013

Grain Millers, based in Eugene, OR has been packaging conventional organic whole grain products for more than 30 years.


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TECH FLASH

Pomegranate juice: Is it real?

While California is now a major supplier of pomegranate juice, the rest of it originates in Middle East countries, but is not likely to be purchased directly from them.
March 26, 2013

Are consumers getting what they’re supposed to when they buy pomegranate juice?


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Tech Update: Wireless Applications

Eliminate wires and legwork with radio communications

Wireless systems help alleviate plant installation obstructions and provide cost efficiencies. With FSMA looming, it’s time to get moving to support electronic recordkeeping with wireless capabilities.
March 6, 2013

Look around you. You probably have operating parameters you’d like to measure and track to satisfy the requirements of regulators, especially with FDA getting serious about implementing parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


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Sugar battle may ensue

American Sugar Alliance foresees fight over farm bill.
February 24, 2013
American Sugar Alliance foresees fight over farm bill.
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Resolved export issues help economy

USDA estimates it freed up $4 billion in agricultural exports last year.
February 23, 2013
USDA estimates it freed up $4 billion in agricultural exports last year.
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Dry Processing

Keep the mill wheels grinding

A new flour mill uses traditional milling techniques with a state-of-the-art screener.
February 6, 2013

Rebuilt as a replica of a 13th century mill, Walk Mill is a modern flour mill that uses water power to grind wheat with stone grinding wheels coupled with electrical augers and a modern centrifugal screener.


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TECH FLASH

Connecting ERP with HACCP, LIMS and PLM systems

For farm-to-fork control of products, build your ERP system on your HACCP plan and connect it with lab and product lifecycle systems.
January 28, 2013
For farm-to-fork control of products, build your ERP system on your HACCP plan and connect it with lab and product lifecycle systems.
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TECH FLASH

Vibratory sieves improve productivity and product purity for bakery ingredient supplier

Following successful trials to check-screen bakery ingredients, Zeelandia purchased two Russell Compact sieves to boost productivity and ensure hygiene standards.
January 28, 2013
Following successful trials to check-screen bakery ingredients, Zeelandia purchased two Russell Compact sieves to boost productivity and ensure hygiene standards.
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TECH FLASH

Caffeine stirs up Congressmen

Lawmakers have asked more than a dozen energy drink companies to explain their products. Are energy drinks food or nutraceuticals?
January 28, 2013
Lawmakers have asked more than a dozen energy drink companies to explain their products. Are energy drinks food or nutraceuticals?
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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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TYSON FOODS

Tyson Foods made headlines announcing the company intends to acquire Hillshire Brands in a deal valued at $8.55 billion. Do you think the acquisition for will be beneficial for meat and poultry processors?
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The July 2014 issue of Food Engineering features the 12th Annual Replacement Parts Survey. Also covered: OEE improvement steps and increased filtration cycle.

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