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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.

Fabulous Food Plant

Fabulous food plant: Chelten House heads west to meet market demand

Locating a new facility in Las Vegas had excellent odds, including cutting transportation costs and finding a committed workforce.
Chelten House Products is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that has provided great-tasting, high-end pasta sauce and salsa products for food retailers for more than 40 years.


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Plant Security

The cyber threat

Hardly a week goes by without news of another big company being hacked.


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Sanitary Plant Design

A clean slate: Use it wisely

Not all processors have the luxury of picking a new property to build a food or beverage plant, but when they do, several factors affect sanitary design.
Starting with a clean slate is usually easier than renovating an older facility to catch up with food safety specifications as shown in the Food Engineering November 2014 article, “Renovate for the right reasons.”


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Editor's Note

A myriad of challenges and a record of success

The food and beverage manufacturing industry has faced a myriad of challenges this year.


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Food Packaging

The bold and the beautiful

The best-of-show winner in the 2014 Pentawards, the first worldwide competition devoted exclusively to packaging design, was Evian’s Pure Drop for the container’s ease of use and recyclability.


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Plant Openings

Plant Openings: December 2014

Announcements about new food and beverage plant construction projects, plant renovations and plant expansions.


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People and Industry

People and Industry News: December 2014

Announcements about new hires, staff promotions, association news, awards, mergers and acquisitions.


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Engineering R&D

Improving the mechanical properties of stainless steel for food and beverage applications

Extending the wear resistance of stainless steel (SS) components used in food manufacturing equipment operating on production lines lengthens replacement intervals and minimizes potential component failure, resulting in decreased downtime and improved cost savings—a long, sought-after goal of any maintenance department.


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Dry Processing Technology

Circular fluid bed processor fits food granulizing line's restricted space

Precision Blending International’s business consisted entirely of blending and milling dairy powders for food and dairy products until 2010, when a customer asked the company to produce an agglomerated blend of finely powdered raw material to improve its processability in food formulations.


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Food Packaging

Zipping up frozen foods

One of the largest poultry cooperatives in Brazil, C-Vale wanted new packaging for its frozen chicken nuggets that would help keep out frostbite and be convenient for consumers.


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Food Packaging

Jet set meal containers

Airplane food has been the subject of countless punchlines, but it’s no joke to Scandinavian Airlines, which recently decided to revamp its dinner packaging.


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Manufacturing News

PMMI brings PACK EXPO to Philadelphia, works with FE

For the 48,000-plus people who attended PACK EXPO in Chicago last month, it may have seemed like the mall three days before Christmas, and with the wealth of information and product solutions available, there was something for everyone.


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Technology Sourcebook

Vapor testing system

The MOCON PERMATRAN-W Model 3/34 G fully automated water vapor transmission rate testing system is designed for packaging and other barrier structures used with moisture-sensitive products.


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Temperature data logger

The MadgeTech HiTemp 140-FR data logger records temperatures during rapidly changing thermal processes such as oven profiling, steam sterilization, chamber mapping, flash freezing and seafood processing.


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Power connectors

Providing electrical reliability for high-vibration or shock operating environments, Molex 3.96mm-pitch EdgeMate Wire-to-Edgecard power connectors support power applications up to 7A with UL 94V-2 flammability rating requirements.


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Thermoelectric sample conditioner

Incorporating a digital viscometer and thermoelectrically controlled sample chamber, the CANNON Instrument Company D2983 thermoelectric sample conditioner system automates the entire conditioning and testing process, including preheating, room temperature stabilization, cooling of the sample to test temperature and testing the final viscosity of the conditioned sample.


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Temperature probe

Designed for the manufacture of reheat, stretch blow-molded PET bottles, the PTI PreTemp handheld temperature probe measures a preform’s interior temperature.


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Stainless steel conveyor belt

The Ashworth all-stainless steel Omni-Pro conveyor belt features zero-tension, 360? buttonless welds that are produced with an automated process that positions each rod before completely melting and fusing the rod and link together, free of surface imperfections and crevices.


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Stationary trash compactor

The SPI stationary trash compactor handles packaging materials, wooden skids, crates and process scraps in warehouses and transfer stations.


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Batter/injecting system

The Hinds-Bock batter and injecting system features a servo-driven dual chain conveyor, with an optional paper cup placer, batter depositor and second diving bridge injection depositor.


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Flat air nozzle

The EXAIR Type 316 stainless steel Flat Super air nozzle produces a flat 1-in. wide airstream with a blowing force of 16 oz. when mounted 12 in. from the target.


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Magnetic drive gear pumps

Clark Solutions MG200 pulsation-free magnetic drive gear pumps handle liquids up to 248°F.


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Analog I/O modules

Opto 22 SNAP-AIMA-iH and SNAP-AOA-23-iH 2-channel analog input and output modules work on a 4-20mA current loop with HART communications protocol to extract status, diagnostics and other information from smart devices.


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Pick and hold module

Based on a microcontroller that can be reprogrammed for a variety of applications, the compact OES PH-ET pick and hold module integrates into new and existing applications
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Twin scale

Used in conjunction with the tna robag or twin configuration robag, the tna intelli-weigh 0328 omega 28-head twin scale features a 3L capacity weigher, individually adjustable collating chutes, an auto-tuning function and an inspection wizard that highlights periodic preventive maintenance routines.


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Control panels

B&R openSAFETY control panels allow the safe data exchange of data over a bus system; they only require a bus and power connection.


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Cone central shaft dryer

Featuring a conical bottom with a central discharge valve, the Condry cone central shaft dryer provides a large static heated surface area (vessel walls) and dynamic heated surface area (heated agitator).


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Pressure transducers

Able to withstand high-shock and vibration environments, GP:50 188/288/388 miniature flush diaphragm pressure transducers provide pressure measurements of high-viscosity fluids, without port plugging and clogging.


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Controllers

Available with AC or DC power, Divelbiss P-Series Bear Bones controllers feature digital and analog I/O; CAN network communication via OptiCAN, J1939 and NMEA 2000; Modbus TCP over Ethernet; an LCD display; keypad; and real-time clock.


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Cold storage door

Designed to work in conjunction with a vertical storing dock leveler, the ASSA ABLOY TKO VertiCool cold storage door with a wind load package features 48-in. high, 4-in. thick closed cell XEPS foam panels.


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Tray liner inserter

A rotary cut-to-length, self-contained unit, the AZCO ACU-SERT CI-250 inserter for absorbent pads and tray liners can be positioned anywhere on a production line.


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LED strip lights

Featuring a low-profile design, Banner WLS28-2 dual-color LED strip lights come in standalone cable, standalone push button QD, sealed cascadable and lensed cascadable models.


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Safety Sensor

Designed for safety circuits of hinged, sliding or removable safety guards, the Schmersal RSS260 RFID-based electronic safety sensor is available with a standard actuator (RST-260-1), avery flat, elongated actuator (RST-16-1) and a compact, rectangular target actuator (RST-U-1); it accepts any of the actuators from 2 approach directions.


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Technology Sourcebook

Former/portioner

Available in models from table top to high-production, multiportion units, Hollymatic food formers/portioners can be used with a variety of products including beef, poultry, fish and vegetables.


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Electrical power source

Providing 3 independent phases of voltage and current, the Fluke 6003A electrical power source includes measurement capabilities for DC voltage, DC resistance and frequency.


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Membrane filtration unit

Used in the production of clear malt beverage, the GEA membrane filtration plant can be integrated into an existing brewery to separate undesirable residual sugar, salts and long-chain color and aroma components; an additional absorption polishing step is optional.


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Dry Processing Technology

Flow/no-flow detection sensor

The BinMaster Flow Detect 2000 nonintrusive, microwave-based flow/no-flow instrument detects the flow conditions of solids and powders in gravity chutes, feeders, pipelines, conveyor belts and bucket elevators.


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Dry Processing Technology

Filling system

The Haver Filling Systems FFS 2500 filling system fills granulated and micro-granulated bulk materials using specialty-engineered form/fill/seal (FFS) technology.


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Dry Processing Technology

Sodimate's bulk bag unloader

The Sodimate bulk bag unloader features an arch-breaker spindle mounted with flexible blades to extract dry bulk materials without jamming, bridging or compaction.


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Dry Processing Technology

Packaging machine

The Coperion K-Tron Intelligent IBP 250 FFS packaging machine provides accurate weighing and dosing, plus hygienic packaging for crystalline, granular, beaded or flaked goods.


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Dry Processing Technology

National Bulk Equipment's bulk bag unloader

The National Bulk Equipment bulk bag unloader system conditions and discharges semi-free-flowing, hygroscopic, contaminable powders at a rate of up to 8,000 lb./hr., while feeding the powders to the end-of-line container filling system.


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Dry Processing Technology

Material Transfer's bulk bag discharger

The Material Transfer Material Master bulk bag discharging system discharges whole grain organic flour.


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Dry Processing Technology

Spiroflow's bulk bag discharging

The Spiroflow T3 loss-in-weight bulk bag discharger discharges material for individual batch amounts; when fully interfaced with a plant process control, it is suitable for continuous batch production.


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Dry Processing Technology

Drum Dumper

The Material Transfer Systems 180° rotation lift-and-seal hydraulic drum dumper inverts drums and empties the materials into an existing process.


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Dry Processing Technology

Gravimetric flow meter

The Eastern Instruments CentriFlow mass flow meter is designed for weighing, mixing, blending, batching and ratio control applications.


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Dry Processing Technology

Split hopper

The Spee-Dee 20-gal. split hopper is suitable for a range of applications including powder filling with vertical form/fill/seal machines.


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Technology Sourcebook

Synchronous forward controller

Built for power levels up to 200W, the Linear Technology LT8310 primary-side synchronous forward controller operates over an input voltage range of 6 to 100V; it provides a drive signal for secondary-side synchronous rectification.


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Progressing cavity pump

The NETZSCH NEMO progressing cavity pump is based on a multi-spiraled rotor running inside a matching negatively spiraled stator housing; the tight tolerances of the geometry of the 2 components creates conveying chambers of the same size on the suction side with each rotation, moving a sensitive medium to the discharge side in fixed volumes.


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Weighing monitor/controller

The Aptifirst LCA20 process monitor/controller for weighing and similar operations produces 4 to 20mA and 0 to 10V analog outputs from any standard strain gauge input.


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Incline-seat valve

Engineered for products with high viscosity and large particulates, the Rieger incline-seat valve offers a straight-through product flow path and minimal pressure drop.


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Monitoring relays

Capable of monitoring current ranges up to 480VAC with ABC phase sequence, ATC Diversified SLA Series 3-phase monitoring relays come with SPDT or DPDR output.


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Custom-engineered tanks

Built in ASME-code certified plants, Ross custom-engineered tanks can be designed for virtually any use, application or environment.


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Checkweigher/detector systems

Anritsu Combination CW and MD systems include an SSV checkweigher and Dual Wave metal detector.


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Inventory management system

Designed for food, meat and poultry processors, the Dynamic Systems SIMBA inventory management system provides the ability to label and track products; the content of product labels can be changed on the computer or touchscreen, capturing product weight information and printing a label with a barcode identifier for that case or carton.


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Controller/weigh table

Featuring a controller and “no-moving parts” weigh table, the Thermo Scientific Versa Teorema checkweigher runs up to 660 cans/min.; it checkweighs closed and open cans.


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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.

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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 December 2014 Cover

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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