Articles by Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Robotics

Is there a robot in your line’s future?

Robots aren’t all things to all people, but in the right place, they can be a big time and labor saver.

 Robots can help increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), which improves a processor’s bottom line. 


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Wastewater Treatment

Waste not, want not

Not one wastewater treatment solution is suitable for every application, so it’s essential to find the one that fits your budget and future water and energy needs.

With the right strategies, you could decrease wastewater surcharges from your publicly owned treatment works and recoup some energy out of your wastewater. 


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TECH FLASH

Give SPC a role in your plant

While SPC isn’t a panacea for all process ills, it can help you fine-tune your process to assure greater product consistency.

SPC can also be used in controlling HACCP parameters.


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Renewable fuels standards questioned

Industry leaders say the program has been mismanaged.
Industry leaders say the program has been mismanaged.
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TECH FLASH

Traceability for improved freshness and lower cost: Walmart’s produce plan for the future

The retailer’s new plan aims to improve labeling and tracking.
With reduced costs and improved freshness as its goals, Walmart looks to the future of produce retailing.
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Field Reports

Steam boilers keep on steaming

Long-running steam generators give a gourmet confectioner the impetus to purchase another to expand plant output.

 To ensure the highest-quality products and meet the growing demand, the chocolatier needs equipment that is reliable, efficient and guarantees a consistent result. 


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Manufacturing News

USDA hasn’t fully implemented 2008 Farm Bill

While the new bill is making its way through Congress, USDA hasn’t fully implemented the 2008 version.

FSIS has yet to implement a new inspection program. 


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Field Reports

Conveying system helps quadruple output for chip maker

Production no longer has to be halted when diverting product—just one of the many examples of improved efficiency.

 The most significant efficiencies have come from the installation of a new conveyor system by Walker Custom Sheet Metal. 


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Sugar producers concerned with Farm Bill

American Sugar Alliance sent every Capitol Hill office a personalized replica of a 1940s sugar rationing coupon.
The group warned that wholesale changes to current policies would result in renewed dependence on foreign sugar producers.
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1.5 trillion calories reduced in US foods

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation announced it has exceeded its calorie reduction goal.
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation announced it has exceeded its calorie reduction goal.
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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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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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