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The March 2014 issue of Food Engineering covers plant audits and how to minimize the food safety risk. Also covered: aseptic applications, raw material testing, and the fiscal benefits of automation.
A global food maker, a developer of certified audit programs and consultants discuss non-regulatory onsite plant audits and how they improve food safety, customer compliance and food quality.
A June 10, 2011 report on Deutsche Welle states “bean sprouts are the likely source of an E. coli outbreak in Germany that has killed 31 people and made nearly 3,000 ill since May .” This information was attributed to Reinhard Burger, president of Germany’s federal infectious disease laboratory, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
Over the last 10 to 15 years, more low- and high-acid products have been processed in ways designed to kill bacteria and extend the life of foods and liquids. Retort-style thermal processing, chilling and refrigeration steps and the use of preservatives remain the most common routes to produce shelf-stable foods and beverages in the US.
You may be able to use a spreadsheet or home accounting program to get your household finances in order. But, there are so many places for cash to evaporate in a food or beverage plant, that unless you are using an integrated software system to track and focus every process, you may never know if leaks exist.
A research survey conducted last fall by King Retail Solutions shows shoppers’ attitudes about why and where they shop for groceries are evolving.
FDA has published a proposed rule requiring shippers that transport food to use sanitary transportation practices. The action is being taken to comply with provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act and covers shippers that use motor vehicles or rail.
Sustainability is a consumer trend that is transforming the packaging industry. The top three concerns in relation to beverage packaging include recycling or landfilling, renewable resources and energy, said Erin Reynolds, marketing director at Evergreen Packaging, at last year’s Sustainable Packaging Forum in St. Petersburg, FL.
Chlorine- and ammonia-based disinfectants and sanitizers are typically used as interventions or rinses to eliminate dangerous bacteria, fungi, viruses and foodborne pathogens on food preparation and food processing areas.
The newly passed Farm Bill reduces funding for SNAP, the federal food stamp program, by $8 billion and trims a number of subsidies for food producers. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) says the bill significantly increases support for fruits and vegetables growers and local food systems.
The recent ARC Industry Forum, held in Orlando FL, described an “industrial Internet of Things” (IoT) as being close at hand. In fact, many of the technologies are already here, but some still need work to provide the services and security industrial operations need.
Suitable for food and beverage applications, the SAS SWM LK quick-change mounting plate is used to switch out end-of-arm tooling; an integrated pneumatic quick-disconnect system is incorporated in the design.
The OYSTAR A+F SetLine wraparound case packer end-of-line system packs single cups, cup sets and bottles of various shapes and sizes directly into trays or cases; it also sleeves primary packs into multi-packs prior to packing them.
Equipped with FANUC delta robots, the Schneider top-loading, robotic, vertical carton/case loader locates, inspects, orients and nests product in high-speed pick-and-place applications.
Atlas Copco XD+ 550-3600 heat-of-compression desiccant dryers utilize zero purge cooling to eliminate compressed air consumption.
Engineered for smaller regional producers of biscuits and crackers, RFC Bantam-Series Macrowave post-baking dryers are intended for up to 1m-wide bands producing 3,000 lb./hr. or less.
Mouvex eccentric disc pumps for product-recovery operations in food and beverage manufacturing and handling produce a partial vacuum effect on the suction side and a compressor effect on the discharge side, creating a “plug” effect that pushes the remaining product out of the transfer line as a whole.
Eliminating the use of mercury to measure temperature, Ashcroft bimetal thermometers come with 2- to 5-in. dial diameters and in ranges from -80°F to 1,000°F and Celsius equivalents.
The Dorner 2200 Series SmartFlex flexible chain conveyor comes with a weighted take-up module with an adjustable slot that compensates to remove sag in the belt; the module can be positioned in a variety of locations along the conveyor.
Running both clear and print-registered films, the Polypack CLEARPRINT shrink wrapper features chemical-resistant, high-visibility stainless steel door panels and stainless steel washdown motors.
Designed for ultra-high shear conditions and vigorous flow, the Ross PreMax batch-style rotor/stator mixer supports the high-speed production of fine dispersions and emulsions.
Developed for baked snack food producers, the Reading Thermal SCORPION 2 LITE temperature profiling package measures and monitors temperature levels in commercial ovens, cooling tunnels, freezers and dryers.
Sifter Parts & Service silicone seals for the CS-1 sifter come in corner seal, plain seal, lip seal and tail seal versions.
The Theegarten-Pactec HCW4 packaging machine seals preformed candies in bottom-fold wrap; individual products that are not wrapped or spliced are rejected during full machine operation.
Viega ProPress Zero Lead ball valves are manufactured from a silicon-bronze alloy; they are forged and constructed with double stem seals.
The Grieve No. 796 electrically heated 500°F cleanroom cabinet oven dries water from stainless steel and Teflon filter assemblies.
Able to be installed directly on-machine, the Rockwell Allen-Bradley Armor GuardLogix programmable automation controller is IP67, SIL 3, PL(e) and CAT 4 rated.
Güdel TrackMotion robot tracks have a closed, gusseted frame design that prevents the buildup of debris in the center of the tracks.