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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.

Top 100 Food & Beverage Companies

The World's Top 100 Food & Beverage Companies - 2014: Recalibrating strategies for shifting markets

According to multiple financial studies, China is on track to become the world’s largest economy, taking over the US’s number one slot for consumer spending.


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Food Safety

FSMA HARPC Update

While it may not seem like much is happening, a lot of work is going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.
If you’re in the seafood or juice industry, each of which fall under HACCP rules, FSMA’s HARPC (Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls) doesn’t apply to your business—and probably won’t in the future.


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Tech Update

Tech Update: A solution for all sizes

State-of-the-art size reduction equipment provides processors not only with high throughput, but improved food safety, sanitation, accuracy and value.
To appreciate how important food size reduction is to eating, you only need to think about what goes on in your own kitchen.


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Dry Processing Technology

To market, with just the right taste and crispness

Apple snack maker relies on a precise air drying process to obtain an ideal product.
When Martin’s Family Fruit Farm decided to turn the fruit of its labor into a snack, Kevin Martin drove from Ontario to North Carolina with boxes of apples in the back of his truck.


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Editor's Note

Food manufacturers go forward, evolve and innovate

There is rarely a dull day in the global food and beverage manufacturing business.


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Food Safety

HARPC: Will it be that different?

Is there a way processors can ensure food safety management systems will meet the final FSMA regulations? There is no guarantee, but some programs will increase your odds.
FDA is getting closer to finalizing the regulations for the enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (FSMA).


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Food Packaging

Seal the snack

Making consumers’ lives better. That is what UK-based Essentra Packaging set out to do when it developed Re:Close tape, a sealer aimed at maintaining product freshness.


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Food Packaging

Smart labels aim to enhance food safety

A new smart label is being developed to detect pathogens in meat packaging before the spoiled product reaches consumers.


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Field Reports

Put a chill on flour, and waste

Using cryogenics to cool flour in the mixing process allows this bakery to cut waste and boost quality.
Founded as a neighborhood bakery in 1943, Coles Quality Foods, Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI became synonymous with frozen garlic bread when it established the category in the 1970s.


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People and Industry

People and Industry News: October 2014

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


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Plant Openings

Plant Openings: October 2014

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


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Regulatory Watch

GMA, CNFIA join fight for food safety

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Chinese National Food Industry Association (CNFIA) signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a partnership that promises to bolster and intensify food safety efforts in the US and China.


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Regulatory Watch

Temporary duty placed on Mexican sugar imports

The US Department of Commerce has issued a preliminary ruling, based on its preliminary findings that the Mexican government’s support of its sugar industry gives Mexican sugar imports an unfair advantage over US producers.


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PACK EXPO preview

Discover product innovations and new technologies at PACK EXPO 2014

This year’s event will feature more than 1,800 exhibiting companies.
Come the first week of November 2014, more than 45,000 industry professionals will descend on McCormick Place in Chicago to take part in PACK EXPO International, an annual event showcasing the latest innovations and trends in the processing and packaging industries.


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Field Reports

Beer brewing company brews steam in minutes

This craft brewer chose efficient state-of-the-art boilers that produce steam and hot water on demand, saving energy.
Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, CT makes an array of year-round and seasonal beers, including Road 2 Ruin, Workers Comp Saison, Igor’s Dream and No Limits Hefeweizen.


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Manufacturing News

GRAS: The “S” doesn’t stand for secret

In a study released earlier this year by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), concerns were raised about a loophole in the Food Additives Amendment of 1958 for substances designated by food manufacturers as generally recognized as safe.


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Food Packaging

A thirst for package design

Competitive factors make the beverage category fascinating to watch, especially as iconic brands go head to head with smaller brands competing for a piece of the consumer’s dollar.
Of all the aisles in the grocery store, the beverage aisle has probably seen the most changes in the past several years.


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Engineering R&D

Defense technology now applied in the food industry

MIT-Lincoln Laboratory research into rapid screening for anthrax and other dangerous pathogens has found its way into the food industry to detect both airborne and surface pathogens.
Remember the anthrax-tainted letters soon after 9/11?


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Field Reports

Robots have just the right touch

These robots pack deli meats faster than humans—and they check packages for vacuum leaks before they’re boxed.
For people who grew up in the Philadelphia area in the last 50 years, Dietz & Watson is practically a household name.


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Dry Processing Technology

Screening solutions helps Nestlé safeguard product quality at powder plant

Compact gravity-fed circular vibratory sieves provide the efficiency necessary to meet production targets safely.
Changing attitudes worldwide toward healthier lifestyles have led to an increased demand for milk powder products.


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Field Reports

Brewery minimizes downtime with controls update

Two obsolete PLCs were replaced by a modern controller while the original I/O was kept, thanks to a new control network gateway.
Whether it’s football in the US or rugby in Great Britain, the two sports have one thing in common: Many of their spectators like beer.


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Dry Processing

Dense phase conveying system

The Schenck Process E-finity continuous, dense phase conveying system for fragile materials provides pressure monitoring and airflow corrections, allowing the system to operate under all conditions.


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Label inspection device

The Care Controls RTLI label inspection device is installed in a line immediately after (on the discharge of) a roll-through labeler.


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Dry Processing

Compact vibrating rod

The BinMaster compact vibrating rod features a point level control designed for use in small bins and hoppers.


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Dry Processing

Half-frame bulk bag discharger

The Material Transfer half-frame bulk bag discharger has a pneumatic spout clamping system for a dust-tight discharge.


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Dry Processing

Flexible screw conveyor

The Hapman Loss-in-Weight (LIW) Helix flexible screw conveyor batches material within +/- 1 lb. or less of set point, and features a fully automated dosing system equipped with programmable logic and system integration tie-in functionality.


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Dry Processing

Vacuum receiver

Engineered for dilute phase pneumatic conveying systems, the Flexicon stainless steel vacuum receiver comes with a pneumatically actuated dump valve.


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Dry Processing

Radar measurement instrument

The Krohne Optiwave 6300C radar instrument measures granules, powders and bulk solids.


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Dry Processing

Dust collector pressure transmitters

FilterSense Model DP 20T and SP 20T pressure transmitters have a non-clogging design for mounting on the dirty side of a fabric filter bag house or cartridge-style dust collector.


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Dry Processing

Dried fruit de-agglomerator

The Powder Technologies Gericke Nibbler unit de-agglomerates dried fruit used in the food production industry.


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Dry Processing

Dust collectors

Camfil APC Farr Gold Series cartridge dust and fume collectors have a filter access door that features a 50:1 compression leverage ratio and a 6.5 psi standard strength seal.


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Dry Processing

Dust collectors

The Aerodyne Environmental Splitstream dust collector has no major moving components and is capable of handling a range of materials.


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Dry Processing

Vibratory feeders

Eriez Model HD “High Deflection” vibratory feeders offer high deflection and low frequency for the handling of fine powders, leafy products and sticky candies.


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Dry Processing

Flexible screw conveyor

The Spiroflow flexible screw conveyor utilizes a center-less auger that rotates within a sealed tube to handle and constantly remix conveyor contents.


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Rotary screw compressors

Able to perform in demanding operating conditions up to 131°F, Atlas Copco GA 90+-160+ oil-injected rotary screw compressors include an IE3 motor, no-loss water separator drain and energy recovery module.


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Case packer

Engineered to run multiple package sizes and pack patterns, the A-B-C Model 206 case packer packs a variety of styles of cartons, cans and semi-rigid containers, as well as single- or multipacks, into RSC, HSC, HSC display cases or trays.


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Trapped key interlock systems

Kirk Key medium- and heavy-duty trapped key interlock systems ensure a predetermined safety sequence is followed each time hazardous equipment is accessed or operated.


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Condition monitoring system

The Inpro/Seal Smart CDR condition monitoring system provides instant feedback on how well the current diverter ring is doing in diverting shaft currents away from the bearings to ground.


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Pail lifter

Built to aid in transporting 5-gal. pails, the Lift’n Buddy Pail Partner lifter/transporter has a yoke that securely holds a plastic or metal pail just below its rigid collar.


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Aluminum fork heads

Used with pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders, Winco GN 751-AL aluminum fork heads include a metric-sized shaft safety retaining clip.


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Temperature/humidity data logger

The Onset HOBO MX1101 data logger measures and transmits temperature and humidity data wirelessly to mobile devices via Bluetooth Smart technology.


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Integrated VRC system

Engineered for material lift in automation duty applications, the Wildeck fully integrated VRC system incorporates automated flush-mounted conveyors with a straddle or 4-post vertical reciprocating conveyor.


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Compact HMIs

Available in 4-, 7- and 9-in. sizes, Rexroth IndraControl VR HMIs use a modern 16:9 format; the 7- and 9-in. versions have a capacitive screen, multi-touch option.


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Pick and hold module

Based on a microcontroller that can be reprogrammed, the OES PH-ET pick and hold module integrates into new and existing applications.


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Vertical wrapping system

Designed for moderate-speed vertical shrink packaging, the Texwrap 914BVS continuous motion system wraps bottles, cans and jars directly from a filler while they stand upright.


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Flexible pouch cap

The Performance Packaging SipP cap for flexible, spouted pouches is suitable for products such as fruit purées, organic products and baby food.


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Resealable films

Südpack Multipeel multilayer packaging films can be opened without a knife or scissors; they can be reclosed multiple times without product quality loss.


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Dock shelter system

The Serco HINGE GUARD dock shelter system closes off all hinge gaps without restricting trailer access.


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Automation technology

B&R reACTION technology reduces industrial automation cycle times to 1 µs; it allows time-critical subprocesses to be managed using standard hardware.


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Thermocouple probes

Available in standard and metric sizes, Omega M12LCP series thermocouple probes have high-temperature M12 molded connectors.


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Tray shrink packer

Able to support tray, pad or unsupported pack styles, the Standard-Knapp 298 Tritium tray shrink packer has a wrapping module that can be fully customized to follow the height and length of the final pack pattern; the module runs up to 120 trays/min. and offers multi-axis control.


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Food-grade conveyor chain

The FB Chain corrosion-resistant, plastic-combination chain meets EU food processing standards.


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Heat-stable shrink film

PSI Polyflex transverse direction-orientated, heat-stable oriented polystyrene shrink label film shrinks less than 0.4% at 95°F for 24 hrs; it has a 3% machine direction growth.


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Coupler brake

The Force Control double C-face coupler brake mounts onto the drive end of a standard C-face motor.


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Produce cleaners

Birko CL33 and FoamChlor 535 self-foaming, chlorinated alkaline produce cleaners are formulated for fresh-cut and produce packing facilities with light to moderate soil loading.


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Food-grade degreasing gel

NSF approved as a safe cleaner where its use is not intended for direct food contact, DynaEdge SolvX degreasing gel contains no acids or phosphates.


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Drum touch shrink film

Manufactured for fresh meat and fish producers, KM Packaging soft “drum” touch shrink film features a 25-micron/100-gauge thickness.


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Thermal transfer printers

Designed for entry-level variable print applications, Norwood 53XLc and 25 XLi thermal transfer printers offer variable print performance on vertical and horizontal form/fill/seal packaging lines.


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Pathogen identifier

The PathSensors Zephyr identifier provides specific identification of pathogens from surface samples.


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Coding/verification unit

The MG America ACE-BT300 coding and verification unit for bottle serialization provides track and trace capabilities as granular as unit level.


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Helical bevel gearbox

The STOBER K series right-angle, helical bevel stainless steel gearbox allows the use of smaller reducers at lower speeds.


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Closed-loop liquid cooler

The primary component of an integrated, closed-loop intelligent cooling system, the Frigel Ecodry 3DK closed-loop liquid cooler provides clean water to industrial processes and eliminates chemical discharges and waterborne diseases such as Legionella.


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Moisture transmitter

Designed to continuously measure the moisture content of gases in hazardous area applications, the Kahn Easidew PRO XP explosion-/flame-proof moisture transmitter has a dewpoint measurement range of -166°F to 68°F, accurate to +/-1.8°F dewpoint.


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X-ray inspection system

The Eagle Pack 550 PRO X-ray inspection system is designed for mid- to large-sized bulk packaged food items such as cereals, rice, flour, sugar, potatoes, fruit and vegetables.


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Dark meat deboning system

Capable of handling any size chicken, the Foodmate OPTI-LTD dark meat deboning system debones up to 100 skinless or skin-on whole legs, thighs and drumsticks per min.; it removes meat with low bone content left and leaves the pin bone on the leg.


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Storage/handling system

Utilizing dynamically adjustable pallets, the Lista STAK System storage and handling system includes a captive lifting and handling device for the management of heavy loads.


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Weighing software

Mettler-Toledo WeighSync DC software allows weighing terminal users to integrate weighing transaction data into PC databases.


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Moisture-barrier film

Toray Plastics Torayfan CBS2 clear, high-oxygen- and moisture-barrier BOPP film is used as the inside sealant web for the packaging of bakery items, crisp salty snacks, cookies, crackers, granola, fruit and nut mixes, and confections.


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Midsize trimmers

Designed for beef, pork and poultry cutting and defatting operations, Bettcher Quantum midsize trimmers range in blade diameter from 2.6 to 3.5 in.


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Produce treatment system

Used with post-harvest fruits and vegetables, the BioSafe Sonic fresh produce treatment system works in conjunction with BioSafe activated peroxygen treatments.


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Thermal barcode printers

SATO America CL4NX thermal barcode printers support new and legacy printing applications across an array of verticals including warehousing, supply chain logistics and manufacturing.


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Vertical lifter

With a lifting capacity of up to 1,600kg and absorption of torque up to 4,000 Nm, the Konecranes ATL vertical lifter includes an XA crane system and telescopic lifting device combined with a customized gripping unit.


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Autoloading systems

Automating the positioning, transfer and loading of sliced portions at high speeds, Multitec autoloading systems make the final correction to each row alignment just prior to packaging; adjacent portion lanes or subsequent rows can be overlapped to create variety packs, sandwich setups and other portion presentations.


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Tetrahedron-shaped pouch

A packaging format for the single-serve snack food market, the Ampac E-Z SnackPak flexible, tetrahedron-shaped pouch transforms into a serving tray upon opening.


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Industrial computer

The noax C21 IPC industrial computer has a 21 1/2-in. display that offers multiple interfaces to connect various peripherals.


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Rotary chamber machine

Featuring a 304L stainless steel modular frame, the Rollstock RC-300 rotary chamber machine accepts a variety of chamber configurations (widths and lengths) and sealing profiles (single-, double- or custom-seal impressions).


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Grinding system

The Hollymatic Tandem Gemini system connects 2 grinders together for continuous first- and second-grind production.


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Temperature controller

The Oven Industries open-board temperature controller is designed with a proportional integral control algorithm to provide control to thermoelectric modules.


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Shaft collars/couplings

Stafford shaft collars and couplings are used in conveyors, furnaces, ovens and other process environments with temperatures up to 1,650°F.


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Mezzanine safety gate

The Benko Protect-O-Gate Clear-Height mezzanine safety gate provides dual-gate fall protection for pallet-drop areas; it does not limit the height of the load being passed and allows the use of overhead cranes or lifts.


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Fast-drying ink

Developed for high-speed food production environments, Domino Printing Sciences BK652 fast-drying ink dries in less than half a second and is resistant to fade.


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Nitrile rubber hose

Suitable for processing oily and fatty foods, Trelleborg Alikler G2 nitrile rubber hose maintains pressure and flexibility over its -22°F to 212°F operating temperature range and is resistant to steam cleaning up to 266°F for approximately 30 min.


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Roller-top belt

The Emerson System Plast multidirectional, roller-top conveyor belt aligns packages to any angle, diverts them, sorts to multiple lanes and rotates, combines and/or gaps them without any contact.


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Molded-case circuit breakers

RoHS compliant, Rockwell Allen-Bradley Bulletin 140G molded-case circuit breakers meet global certifications, including CE, CSA, CE and CCC.


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Connector system

Engineered for networks that require higher data rates, Molex Plateau HS Dock+ connector system includes high-speed docking connectors enclosed in a gold-plated plastic housing; the fully shielded connectors achieve up to 25Gbps data rates and allow 4 levels of mating with a compliant pin for the printed circuit board interface.


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Silicone compound

Compliant with FD requirements, Freudenberg-NOK LZ636 silicone compound can be molded into custom-tailored seals.


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USB cable assemblies

L-com 90° angled USB cable assemblies come in black and gray.


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Washdown cord sets

Lumberg washdown cord sets withstand extreme temperatures, pressures and chemical exposure.


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LED lighting

Providing 90+ lumens/watt of illumination, the Shat-R-Shield LED high bay fixture replaces 400W HID lamps or 6-lamp T5 fixtures in locations such as warehouses, manufacturing facilities or storage areas.


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Sensing module

Based on a technology that performs time-of-flight measurement using pulses from infrared LEDs, the Leddar M16 multi-element sensing module can be integrated into any detection and ranging system.


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Modular belt conveyor

The Dorner 3200 modular belt conveyor features a flat-side tail design, straight nose bar drive and weighted belt take-up module.


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Detectable PBT plastic

Ensinger HYDEX 4101 UD Blue Ultra Detectable PBT plastic is visible to food conveyor line optical, X-ray and metal detection systems.


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Liners/slip sheets

The Allpax protection system features compression-molded, temperature- and moisture-resistant polymer tray liners that are placed on aluminum or stainless steel retort tray bottoms or used as slip sheets between trays; a grommet system snaps liner sections onto the tray.


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Light meter/monitor

Configured for UV germicidal irradiation measurement applications in the food and bottled beverage industry, the ILT1000 light meter, monitor and data logger comes complete with NIST-traceable, ISO 17025-accredited calibrations.


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Fold wrapping unit

Positioned at the end of a production line, the ALPMA MultiSAN fold wrapping unit packages portioned cheeses of all shapes, sizes and consistencies; the packaging material can be defined individually for each type of cheese.


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LED floodlight

The DTS XLF Range LED floodlight has an operating life of 50,000+ hrs., a narrow-beam output of 9,000 lumens and wide-beam output of 7,000 lumens.


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Deadweight tester

A pressure calibration system, the Ashcroft 1305D series portable deadweight tester includes a low- and high-range piston assembly, weight set, hydraulic (oil) test pump, metal carrying cases, tools and other accessories.


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Overbraided PTFE hose

Used in high-purity hot/cold food and beverage applications, AdvantaPure APFOS stainless steel overbraided PTFE hose has an inert core that meets FDA 21 CFR 177.1550 and ISO 10993 Sections 5, 6, 10 and 11; it offers low permeability, nonflammability and a low coefficient of friction.


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ERP platform

The LINKFRESH for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 ERP platform is engineered for enterprise-size businesses in the fresh food supply chain.


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Asynchronous drum motors

Interroll 113i, 138i, 165i and 217i asynchronous drum motors comply with the USDA guidelines for the sanitary design and fabrication of dairy processing equipment.


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Zero-nitrogen generators

Parker Hannifin zero-nitrogen generators transform standard compressed air into a regulated supply of 99.9995% pure nitrogen with <0.1 ppm hydrocarbons.


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Non-insulated curtain walls

Rite-Hite Zoneworks SCL non-insulated curtain walls block the transfer of dust particles, smoke and fumes from space to space.


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Diesel lift truck

The Cat DP70N 15,500-lb. capacity, diesel pneumatic tire lift truck features a Perkins 854E 3.L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that exceeds EPA Tier 4 interim regulations.


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Plugs and connectors

Legrand, Pass & Seymour rubber and watertight plugs and connectors are designed for highly corrosive and wet industrial locations, such as food and beverage processing, water and wastewater, warehousing and refrigeration facilities.


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Cable/pipe seals

Manufactured for robotic process systems, Roxtec CF 32 cable entry seals allow cables and pneumatic plastic pipes to be routed in the same unit.


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Multi-loop temperature controller

Ensuring the compatibility between devices and vendors, the Watlow EZ-ZONE RM multi-loop temperature controller with EtherCAT provides a single unified Bus; seamless communications; predefined device parameter profiles; and fault detection.


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PVC Suction Hose

NewAge Industries Vardex chemical-resistant PVC suction hose is suitable for fluid or air transfer.


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Food analyzer

Encased in a stainless steel, IP65-certified housing, the Perten DA 7250 SD NIR food analyzer analyzes all types of foods and ingredients at-line in 6 seconds, often without sample preparation.


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Product inspection system

Using digital X-ray technology, the S+S RAYCON 130/240 product inspection system inspects slim and tall products.


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Lab/field spectrometer

The SPECTRAL EVOLUTION LF-Series NIR spectrometer includes a fixed fiber optic SMA-905 connection and a single TE-cooled InGaAs photodiode array optical system.


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Disinfectant wipes

Detectamet Steri-99.9 blue disinfectant wipes are effective against a range of bacteria and viruses including C. diff, MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella, Legionella and Listeria.


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Wireless temperature solution

The Moore Industries THZ WirelessHART temperature solution transmits critical temperature and HART diagnostic information to a WirelessHART gateway when power is not readily available; it prevents the loss of readings by monitoring the battery voltage and setting a HART alarm bit when it nears critical levels.


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Current transducer

With a large, split-core design, the NKT AT/ATR-LS current transducer can be installed over existing conductors without disconnecting the load.


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Vision system

The Gerhard Schubert TLM vision system features a 3-D scanner that is positioned over a packaging line conveyor belt to determine the 3-dimensional data of products.


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Safety switches

Meeting UL98, CSA and NEMA KS-1 standards for demanding service-entrance and motor-load applications, ABB 600V and 200kA-rated safety switches offer touch-safe, visible blades and fully enclosed operating mechanisms.


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Non-contact laser sensor

Designed with linear array technology, the Banner LE550 non-contact laser sensor features an intuitive 2-line, 8-character display and a visible Class II laser beam.


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Label/print verification system

The METTLER TOLEDO CI-Vision Mosaic vision inspection system employs 6 cameras to inspect labels on round containers without prior orientation on the production line; the system automatically verifies each label is complete, correctly applied and matches the product inside the package.


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Batter depositing systems

Hinds-Bock automatic loaf cake and muffin batter depositing systems deposit nut pieces, chocolate chips, sugar, dry streusel and other flowable dry toppings; automatic swirling machines for 2-flavor marble loaf cakes are available.


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Line scan color camera

The Chromasens 3DPIXA 3-D line scan color camera provides combined color and shape verification of food products.


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Digital sorter

Manufactured for nut and dried fruit processors, the Key Cayman BioPrint chute-fed digital sorter combines broad-spectrum hyperspectral imaging hardware with intelligent software and algorithms to recognize the unique biological characteristics of objects; the chute feeds product in a monolayer with a consistent trajectory to the hyperspectral camera and ejection valves.


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Machine vision suite

Engineered for new users of automation technology, the Microscan AutoVISION 3.0 machine vision suite includes a simplified intuitive software interface.


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Food-safe knife sharpener

The KS Premier food-safe industrial knife sharpener captures metal shavings during the sharpening process.


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Free-fall sorter

The TOMRA Nimbus free-fall sorter detects the biometric characteristics of objects it scans and compares them to features in its stored database to determine whether they should be accepted or rejected.


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Laser displacement sensors

Cognex DS1000 series 3-D laser displacement sensors come bundled with the Cognex VC5 vision controller, which controls up to 4 3-D sensors and factory floor communications.


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Checkweighers

Weighing hundreds of products/min. with a 1mg scale value, Anritsu SSV Series checkweighers have a maximum accuracy of +/-.01g.


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Stainless steel evaporative condenser

The Frick ECOSS stainless steel evaporative condenser eliminates the white rust and corrosion that can result from changes in water treatment chemistry.


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Pneumatic rotary actuators

Bimba MHRQ double-rack, rack and pinion pneumatic rotary actuators feature a compact, extruded aluminum body.


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Reusable cable ties

Made of PE material, Allplastik Blitzbinder releasable, multi-purpose cable ties feature a filler that allows small fragments to be traced with metal detectors.


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Air-/water-cooled dryers

Kaeser Secotec TF dryers handle flows from 520 to 1,060 cfm.


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Agitated vessels

Engineered for processes that cannot accommodate a conventional jacket, Ross Model VSL-50 portable 50-gal. agitated vessels include a silicone heating blanket.


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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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2014 October

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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