Articles by John Blanchard

Special Supplement: HMI Evolution

By John Blanchard and Craig Resnick
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No longer just an operator interface, HMIs enhance plant performance, regulatory compliance and product quality.

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Packaging Automation as a Centerpiece for Sustainability

By John Blanchard and Sal Spada
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Packaging is one of the most important facets in new product innovations, increasing speed-to-market and achieving sustainability goals.
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Packaging Operations: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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The push for standards and the end of islands of automation will help improve packaging line effectiveness.
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Giant steps in plant floor control

By John Blanchard
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Does this sound familiar? Rapid change, more complex products, higher volumes and more intense competition. These are the challenges food and beverage processors face today. For some, it can be a web of slow growth, rising costs, waning pricing power, accelerated regulatory and customer requirements, limited sources of raw materials, and a growing percentage of sales from a limited number of powerful and demanding retailers.
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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.


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

FE September 2014

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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