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Tech Update

Tech Update: QA/QC Instrumentation

The need for speed, accuracy and ease of use places demands on equipment suppliers.
December 5, 2013

 Test results should be accurate and simple to understand. 


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Manufacturing News

Practice makes perfect, especially when it comes to food safety

Employees need feedback on how well they're doing their jobs.
December 5, 2013

 Procedures should be explained and performance evaluated according to an objective, predefined measurement system.  


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TECH FLASH

Cool energy waste in your refrigeration systems!

Energy audits can spot potential waste and provide short-term fixes, but a refrigeration energy management system can keep temperatures and costs cool.
November 25, 2013

A modular energy management system can keep a facility’s cooling costs under control.


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Regulatory Watch

Farm Bill debate continues

At issue is the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, which is opposed by many dairy manufacturers.
November 14, 2013
At issue is the Dairy Market Stabilization Program, which is opposed by many dairy manufacturers.
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Sustainable Plant of the Year

Plumrose Council Bluffs: Lean, mean and fully automated

Automating an entire raw meat cooking and packaging plant saves water, cuts energy usage and gets the product perfect the first time—without rework.
November 8, 2013

The facility was not only constructed with sustainability in mind, but sustainability can be found everywhere you look. 


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Field Reports

X-Ray systems see through yogurt containers…and cases

Metal detection systems can’t see through foil lids, nor can they detect stones, pits, and other non-metallic foreign objects.
November 8, 2013

 X-ray systems detect foreign objects by measuring the density of product and detecting differences or irregularities. 


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Field Reports

Pasta and potatoes, presto!

New rotary continuous cooking and cooling system processes more than 3,000 lbs. of pasta and potatoes per hour.
November 8, 2013

 

Wedges and slices presented challenges for traditional cooking and cooling methods.


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Food Safety

HACCP software: Get with the program!

From HACCP forms generation to automated track-and-trace systems, affordable software tools make FSMA compliance easier for small and medium-sized processors, and can reduce the potential of recalls.
November 8, 2013
Most operations can’t afford to be without HACCP software.
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Best Practices

Automation tales from the trenches

Best practices in setting up and implementing automation systems go a long way to making a processor more successful than its peers.
November 8, 2013

 Technologies must be properly applied after careful planning to ascertain where and what to automate. 


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Manufacturing News

Energy savings and innovation key drivers at IBIE 2013

Key drivers in both equipment and software design included compliance with food safety regulations, energy savings and innovation.
November 8, 2013

The show offered opportunities to learn how to improve the craft of baking at every level.


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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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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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Food Engineering

July 2014

2014 July

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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