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Manufacturing News

Cheap energy—but for how long?

The lower price of natural gas has unfortunately caused some users to take short-term views of energy prices.


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Engineering R&D

A grain of sand, a whole lot of track and trace

Microscopic tags made of silicon dioxide (silica) can be mixed with many foods and liquids not only to trace the origin of contaminated meat, but also track and find potential fraudsters.


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Food Safety

Food Safety Summit 2014 focuses on FSMA

More than 1,500 food safety professionals gathered at BNP Media’s 16th Annual Food Safety Summit (FSS) last month in Baltimore, MD to learn about the latest FSMA updates and how they will affect their companies’ businesses.


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Food Safety

Semper paratus! Food defense depends on it

“Always prepared” is good advice for protecting the food supply, and it’s the law.
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition” is a line made famous by the Monty Python troupe.


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Engineering R&D

Making ammonia safer and more efficient in refrigeration applications

Borne out of necessity, new ammonia refrigeration technology uses 1 percent of the refrigerant quantity of previous systems and increases efficiency.
Not all refrigerated food and beverage warehouses have the luxury of being located away from people in wide-open spaces next to an interstate and a railroad spur.


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Maintenance Software

CMMS provides enhanced functionality

Maintenance staff can’t do their jobs if they spend more time on paperwork than maintenance.
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Sanitary Equipment Design

Sanitary Equipment Design

Depending on the application and the country, design rules and standards can vary, causing headaches for machine builders as they try to make designs more universal.


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Manufacturing News

Talking outside the box: Are we connected yet?

The industrial "internet of things" is close at hand—or already here.

 The recent ARC Industry Forum, held in Orlando FL, described an “industrial Internet of Things” (IoT) as being close at hand. In fact, many of the technologies are already here, but some still need work to provide the services and security industrial operations need.  


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Food Safety

Raw materials: Test or no test?

You can send incoming raw material samples out to a third-party lab, but plenty of easy-to-use, rapid test kits can more quickly provide the results you need—right at your own facility.

A June 10, 2011 report on Deutsche Welle states “bean sprouts are the likely source of an E. coli outbreak in Germany that has killed 31 people and made nearly 3,000 ill since May [2011].” This information was attributed to Reinhard Burger, president of Germany’s federal infectious disease laboratory, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). 


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Automation

Cost containment: Using automation to help stop leaks

Everywhere you look, your cash flow is hemorrhaging. Integrated automation systems can show you where to start applying tourniquets.

 You may be able to use a spreadsheet or home accounting program to get your household finances in order. But, there are so many places for cash to evaporate in a food or beverage plant, that unless you are using an integrated software system to track and focus every process, you may never know if leaks exist. 


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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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Food Engineering

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2014 October

The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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