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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.

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.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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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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Nonthermal Processing

Nonthermal processing boosts taste, textural and nutritional benefits

By Shane O'Halloran
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Between high-pressure processing, ultrasound, irradiation and pulsed light, there’s an option for almost any application.


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Dairy Processing

Tech update: Dairy processing

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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In the US, fluid milk sales are flat, but Greek yogurt and other specialty markets are hot, which means a processor’s survival will depend upon having the right automation tools.


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Packaging Line Innovation

Packaging line innovation: Reaching for higher efficiencies

Robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.
By Hallie Forcinio, Contributing Editor
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Food and beverage manufacturers continually seek packaging machinery designs and process improvements that cut costs and boost productivity.


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Food Safety

Make a commitment to educate your workforce

By properly educating staff and providing adequate resources to do this, a company protects its workforce, reputation, resources and itself.
By Richard F. Stier, Contributing Editor
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Everybody knows Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.


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Editor's Note

The quest for manufacturing excellence continues

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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This month marks Food Engineering’s 35th annual report on the State of Food Manufacturing.


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Food Packaging

Advanced plastic molding provides significant savings

By Shane O'Halloran
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Sustainable packaging provides more than environmental benefits—it can minimize packaging, warehousing and shipping costs.


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Plant Openings

Plant Openings: September 2014

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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: September 2014

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


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Regulatory Watch

OSHA enforcing new whistleblower protections under FSMA

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The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association has notified its members that OSHA is now enforcing new whistleblower protections under a provision of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


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Regulatory Watch

Fight over GMO labels continues

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Food industry leaders are stepping up efforts to head off any attempt by Congress to pass mandatory GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling laws.


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Field Reports

Taking the squeeze out of raw ingredient storage and flow

Consolidating rack systems increases storage capacity by 42 percent and frees up space, allowing the addition of 24 percent more inventory items.
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General Mills’ Cedar Rapids, IA plant had successfully used pallet flow and pushback rack systems, but ongoing growth, product changes and long usage time created the need for a storage system that would safely add capacity to its existing facility.


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Field Reports

Conveyor belting should be seen and not heard

When belting runs quietly, there’s little wear, and that means long life and very little downtime.
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Table Talk Pies, located in Worcester, MA since 1938, makes those four-in. round pies that, if you live in the Northeast, you’ve probably have had the opportunity to try.


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Manufacturing News

AIOE makes equipment design easier

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For processors of low-moisture foods, finding the right equipment is enough of a challenge—let alone knowing which mechanical specifications are necessary for a piece of equipment to conform to which particular food safety regulatory rules.


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Field Reports

Food safety and quality keep processor ahead of its competition

New processing/forming equipment is not only built for performance, it has food safety designed into every unit.
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A family-owned business, JTM Food Group started more than 40 years ago in the retail meat industry and prides itself on working closely with customers to develop ideas for custom food products sold to schools, restaurants, healthcare groups, convenience stores and retail grocery stores.


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Engineering R&D

The fantastic voyage of a temperature probe

Best way to measure the internal process temperature of a cooking stage: Send an RFID probe through the process piping!
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Measuring the internal temperature or the doneness of any product as it travels through a continuous cooking system is not an easy task.


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Food Packaging

Keeping ingredients separate enhances fresh taste

By Shane O'Halloran
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Competition in the dessert sector is fierce, making eye-catching product appearance, multiple flavor options and functional packaging indispensable.


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Food Packaging

Reclosable pop-up box for peanuts wins multiple awards

Brand visibility, consumer appeal and functionality are supported through a variety of innovations.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.’s patented new PrimaPak pop-up box has garnered plenty of recognition as the first-ever reclosable, flexible, stackable package produced from engineered rollstock on proprietary vertical form/fill/seal (VFFS) machinery.


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Technology Sourcebook

PET jar/preform

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The Petainer petainerJar is available as a fully blown PET jar or PET wide-mouth preform; the material is fully recyclable.


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Technology Sourcebook

Centrifuge parts

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Separators, Inc. stocks over 4,000 Alfa Laval, Tetra Pak and GEA parts for centrifuges.


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Technology Sourcebook

Rotary screw compressors

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Kaeser SFC variable speed, drive rotary screw compressors include an eco-friendly filter element, an integral moisture separator with drain and an electronic thermal management system.


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Technology Sourcebook

Rare earth plate magnets

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Eriez Super Strength rare earth plate magnets remove weakly magnetic and fine iron from dry and wet products.


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Technology Sourcebook

HD X-ray inspection system

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The Anritsu high-definition DualX X-ray inspection system detects low-density contaminants, analyzing 2 different X-ray energy signals simultaneously to distinguish between product and contaminant.


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Technology Sourcebook

Portable mass flow meters

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Alicat rechargeable, portable gas mass flow meters provide 18 hours of continuous operation on a single charge and +/-0.8% of reading accuracy for field flow verification and validation applications.
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Technology Sourcebook

Low-water cutoff devices

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Providing protection for boilers and steam generators, Gems LWC-700/720/800 Series low-water cutoff devices offer a variety of configurations and functions.


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Technology Sourcebook

Pressure relief regulator

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The Cashco Model B7 back-pressure relief regulator is used in high-pressure applications to prevent setting off a safety relief valve.


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Technology Sourcebook

Thermometer

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The SKF TKTL 40 portable infrared thermometer operates with a distance-to-spot ratio of 50:1; 2 laser points indicate the targeted area, and the temperature is shown on the display.


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Technology Sourcebook

Decanter centrifuges

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Designed for animal by-product recovery, Centrisys decanter centrifuges come with 2- and 3-phase technology.


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Technology Sourcebook

Temperature control I/O module

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The Unitronics Unistream UIS-04PTN PT100 temperature control I/O module allows remote access through PCs, tablets and smartphones via VNC.


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Technology Sourcebook

Color-coded products

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Nelson-Jameson color-coded products are intended for material handling, janitorial, safety, lab and processing applications.


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Technology Sourcebook

Integrated drive separator

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The GEA integrated drive separator has a direct drive system installed underneath the bowl in the separator’s frame to eliminate radial forces.


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Technology Sourcebook

Airflow meter

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Used to measure compressed air and detect system inefficiencies or leaks, the FCI ST50 airflow meter utilizes thermal dispersion mass flow sensing technology to direct mass flow measurement.


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Technology Sourcebook

Laboratory mixers

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Lödige L-series ploughshare laboratory mixers have a touch screen panel that allows basic functions to be performed using easy-to-understand icons; it also allows the mixer shaft speed to be infinitely variable.


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Technology Sourcebook

Thermo-anemometer

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The E Instruments LV110 vane thermo-anemometer has an ice-blue backlit LCD display for readability in light or dark environments.


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Technology Sourcebook

Rheometer

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Used in QA/QC laboratories to analyze the rheological properties of a variety of samples, the Thermo Scientific HAAKE Viscotester iQ intelligent rheometer adapts to individual measurement routines and conditions.


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Technology Sourcebook

Refrigerator thermostat

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Engineered for food and beverage manufacturers, the West Control Solutions CAL EDT2423 refrigerator thermostat offers a different output for defrost or fan control and an option for an external digital input to trigger defrost; the device supports compressor shutdown, electric defrost or heat generation defrost.


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Technology Sourcebook

Digital flow meters

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ECE and RoHS compliant, EXAIR digital flow meters monitor compressed air consumption and identify trends at all the critical areas or individual legs of a compressed air system.


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Technology Sourcebook

Totalizing water meters

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Available for pipe sizes from 3/4 to 2 in., Clark dry dial-type, multi-jet totalizing water meters have a maximum operating temperature of 122°F and a maximum operating pressure of 150 psi.


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Technology Sourcebook

Electronic thermometers

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Manufactured for food processing, dairy engineering and process industry environments, Tel-Tru Digi-Tel electronic thermometers meet FDA Rule 21 CFR 113.40 requirements for temperature indicators used in retorts and the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance requirements for dairy applications. 


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Technology Sourcebook

Butterfly valve

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Available in multiple thermoplastic materials and sizes from 2 to 12 in., the Hayward Flow Control BYV Series butterfly valve has a 1-piece body construction.


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Dewatering screw press

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Featuring a tapered shaft and stainless steel liquid contact parts, the Vincent KP-L Series screw press has an interrupted flight design that accepts a range of input volumes and consistencies without adjustment.


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Technology Sourcebook

Food-grade channel

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Engineered for washdown applications and damp environments, the Calbrite CALSTRUT food-grade channel opens at a downward angle to prevent the buildup of contaminants or bacteria.


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Technology Sourcebook

Band tracking system

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Employing high-temperature, self-cleaning, non-contact sensors, the Ashworth ActiveTrack baking band tracking system collects and analyzes band speed and position data to make consistent bidirectional adjustments to track an oven band to within +/-1/8 in.


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Technology Sourcebook

Magnetic Separator

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Engineered for powder processing applications, the Powder-Solutions Magnattack spherical pipeline magnetic separator houses a high-intensity magnetic element with flux strengths from 10,000 to 12,000+ gauss (in larger models).


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Technology Sourcebook

Short bowl decanter centrifuges

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TEMA USDA-accepted short bowl decanter centrifuges have an over-hung design to replace double-pillow block decanters, without reducing lactose crystal capture efficiency or quality.


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Technology Sourcebook

Compounding/filling vessel

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The Ross 60-liter compounding and filling vessel features an aseptic magnetic mixer to stir a low-viscosity suspension as it is being discharged and deposited into its final container.


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Liquid level gauge

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Designed for OEM, commercial and light industrial storage tanks, the ABB ECONOLEV LMG100 liquid level gauge includes an all-stainless steel chamber and magnetic float with an orange, magnetic shuttle indicator; the shuttle rides in a clear Lexan tube alongside a stainless steel scale.


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Technology Sourcebook

Graphic operation terminal

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A human machine interface, the Mitsubishi GOT2000 Series graphic operation terminal monitors and controls machine components via a graphical touch screen; the unit also allows operators to use intuitive gestures and multi-touch actions to interact with it.


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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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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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