Articles by Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Weigh belt feeders improve ingredient weighing accuracy

Smart weigh belt feeders from K-Tron helped Kar Nuts get its more than 30 blends of salted nuts and trail mix products on spec with 0.5% accuracy. Source: K-Tron.Kar Nuts
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Tech Update: Wireless Networks Provide Critical Measures

Applications are vast as the imagination can create.
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Poultry Processors Uncover New Ways to Reduce Costs

Market pressures, sustainability and food-borne illness issuses are driving the push for increased efficiency.


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Tech Update: Process Control

Citect Ampla MES software allows Ahold Coffee Company to improve overall equipment effectiveness while improving planning and production processes.
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Tech Update: Clean-in-Place

This CIP system provides automated cleaning to a bakery oven.
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Cover Story: Soup's on at StockPot

StockPot’s new state-of-the-art facility in Everett , WA facilitates the preparation of soup just the way Mom used to make it.
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Feature Article: Rising Energy Costs Modify the Site Selection Landscape

Energy costs, logistics, sustainability and workforce issues cause processors to rethink location, location, location.
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Tech Update: Thermal Processing

Basic equipment adjustments improve product quality and energy savings.
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X-ray cabinet inspection system

Eriez’s model XR-21 series cabinet inspection system identifies contaminants, scans for missing or broken products and detects packaging voids.
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Snack maker finds a better way to control ingredient flow

Known for innovative chip flavors and recipes such as Nature, Paprika, Provençale, Curry and Mexican, Zweifel strives for quality coating and consistent delivery of the seasoning blend to the potato chip manufacturing process.
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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 December

In the December 2014 issue of Food Engineering read about our Fabulous Food Plant feature on the Chelten House, a new facility in Las Vegas.

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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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