Items Tagged with 'food automation'

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Field Reports

Stop the guesswork

Software helps a processor get weights and quality right the first time—from the plant floor to the corporate office.
Michael Foods, Inc. is a multinational producer and distributor of egg products and refrigerated potato products, as well as a distributor of cheese and other dairy-case products for the foodservice, retail and food-ingredient markets.


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TECH FLASH

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference 2015 speakers announced

The event will take place at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL from April 12-15

The 2 ½-day event brings food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies.


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State of Food Manufacturing

The state of food manufacturing: The need for speed

A focus on lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands.
One glance at this year’s Food Engineering State of Manufacturing survey indicates, that for the most part, food and beverage processors are facing a lot of issues—many the same as last year.


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Fabulous Food Plants

Automation keeps fruit fresh at Paramount Citrus

This 640,000-sq.-ft. citrus fruit processing/packaging facility is almost completely automated and has a roof of solar cells and a fuel cell system to supply energy to the plant and the grid.

The plant provides consumers fresh fruit consistent in size, color, quality and taste while scoring environmental points.


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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.

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


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Features

State of Food Manufacturing 2013: Slowly Trending Upward

A lack of consumer confidence, prolonged unemployment and concern about regulations still hinder strong economic growth.

 Processors beef up food safety measures and invest in automation to remain competitive. 


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Engineering R&D

Engineering R&D: The small freeze

A smaller footprint is a clear improvement in the newest generation of cryogenic freezers, and incremental improvements in heat transfer rates are making them affordable options.

Incorporating cryogenic freezing in place of mechanical freezing gave way in the last decade to an appreciation of the ROI cryogenic systems provide in terms of reduced yield loss, improved product quality, throughput and a focus on safety and sanitation.


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Plant Profile

Making ice cream the safe way

Safety first, then efficiency. That’s how Safeway makes packaged ice cream and frozen novelties at its plant in Bellevue, WA. Lean manufacturing principles guide the business.


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Editor's Note

Industry leaders share leading-edge manufacturing and operations solutions

As we put together this enormous January issue, the Food Engineering staff was also putting the final touches on the program for the 2013 Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference (FA&M), scheduled for April 12-15 in Naples, FL.


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EVENTS

Webinar

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo Day 1 Engineering Keynote Address: Driving Manufacturing Excellence

4/7/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand As food and beverage manufacturers strive for increased operational success in a highly competitive environment, they must focus on making improvements in processes, asset usage and staffing. Hear which innovation tools this world-class processor uses to achieve manufacturing excellence.

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Webinar

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo Day 2 Keynote Address: The Business Value of Automation

4/8/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Getting automation projects approved in today’s cost cutting environment is no easy task. This speaker will explain how uptime, changeovers, maintenance, asset utilization and production schedules can be optimized with automation software and controls.

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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

Food Engineering January 2015 Cover

2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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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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