Articles by Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Bulk-bag filling system

Flexicon’s mobile bulk-bag filling system features an integral metal detector/separator, tilt-down flexible screw conveyor for dust-free filling, Twin-Centerpost bulk-bag filler, air displacement vent and programmable controls housed in a SS NEMA 4X enclosure with a touch screen that graphically displays filling functions.


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Metal separator

Eriez’s Model FF4 metal separator is used to inspect dry bulk products under gravity free-fall conditions, and works in other food industry applications where high sensitivity is required.


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Bulk material packaging system

National Bulk Equipment’s self-contained, high-volume bulk material packaging system processes up to 50,000 lbs./hr. of combustible materials of varied physical characteristics, including interlocking flakes and free-flowing, friable rods.


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Baghouse performance analyzer and controller

FilterSense’s B-PAC series of baghouse performance analyzers and controllers helps powder processing, air pollution control and dust collection users meet regulatory compliance while reducing operating costs.


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Bulk-bag discharging system

Material Transfer’s Material Master bulk-bag discharging system lifts, loads, seals and discharges flexible, intermediate bulk containers of dried bulk materials.


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Sanitary conveyors

Dorner’s AquaPruf SS sanitary conveyors handle varied food applications and are especially designed for fast and effective cleaning—from occasional wipe downs to frequent high-pressure washdowns.


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TECH FLASH

Special metal-detectable plastic tools for food processors

While plastic is fantastic, it’s not if it winds up in your salad or cake
The best way to detect plastic scraps in food is to include a metal powder within the plastic resin.
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FDA oversight on food imports should leverage other countries’ resources

GAO report suggests FDA use a comparability system like the USDA’s FSIS applies
Unless it gets help from other countries, enforcing FSMA’s import regulations will be a challenging and expensive task.
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TECH FLASH

What's in a label?

If it doesn't speak your brand, you've lost sales
Labeling should create a readily identifiable product image where the consumer says, "Yes!"
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Tech Update: Power Transmission Equipment - Increasing uptime in demanding environments

The key to long life and less energy usage is proper maintenance.


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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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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

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