Articles by Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Tech Update: Maintain pumps on your schedule

With an eye toward maintenance and quick repairs, pump suppliers provide equipment to bolster uptimes.


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The Sustainable Warehouse

While a sustainable warehouse may seem an altruistic notion, a commitment to saving energy can pay off in a big way


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Tech Update: Metal detection & X-ray inspection

System enhancements keep a protective eye on quality
Vigilance, metal detection equipment and X-ray inspection systems can help keep contaminants out of your food most of the time.


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Tech Update: Packaging Machine Controls

Teaching packaging machines to communicate. Thanks to open standards, packaging machine controls communicate up and down the line and with MES and ERP systems to provide key performance data.
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Site Selection: Redefining Location, location. Location

What makes location the most important criterion in selecting a site? Transportation, logistics, labor force, water and utility costs—to name a few.
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Tea blend time and degradation cut with rotary mixer

Tumble-turn-cut-fold mixing action yields 100% batch uniformity in less than three minutes.
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Indispensable Energy Audits

Energy audits and management can increase the bottom line, but to be effective, the job is never done.
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Tech Update: Pumps

The right pump used for the right application can make a significant difference in energy consumption.
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Tech Update: Robotics

After they’ve proved their worth in secondary packaging and grunt applications, robots are slowly making inroads for jobs closer to the process. 
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Accurate test sieve calls for quality screen

As processor/packager verifies incoming powder products have the right granularity, it relies on air-jet test sieve to deliver results.
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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.

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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2014 September

The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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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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