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The August 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how your operation could be doing more to create a culture of employee engagement. Also, read more on how your business and insurance partners must know the basics of your business and its nuances as well.

The Plant Floor Worker

Employee engagement: Creating a culture of operational excellence

Employee engagement supports plant safety, food safety and operational efficiency goals. Could your operation be doing more to create a culture of engagement?
By Shane O'Halloran
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It’s no secret that employee engagement boosts individual, team and overall operational performance.


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Financial & Insurance Services

Helping processors grow and prosper

Your financial and insurance services partners must know the basics of your business and its nuances as well.
By Jaan Koel, Contributing Editor
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Every company involved in creating, distributing and selling food has a keen interest in accessing capital.


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Dry Processing Technology

Bulk handling system increases efficiency, sanitation and quality

The system includes a forklift-loaded, split-frame bulk bag discharger plus a manual bag dump station, bag compactor and hopper.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Franklin Farms East is an East Coast producer of dry milk and non-dairy food products used in the production of commercial baked goods, ice creams and confectionery products.


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Food Safety

GMPs, FSMA and GFSI: Making the Right Connections

Good manufacturing practices play an obvious role in both FSMA and GFSI schemes, but in reality, you won’t pass FSMA muster or obtain a GFSI certification if you haven’t done your GMP homework.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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As FDA regulations spell out in 21 CFR Part 110, good manufacturing practices (GMPs) or current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) are the basics you need to know and perform to keep the food products you make free of adulteration—whether from bacteria or chemicals.


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Editor's Note

Are you going above and beyond in your sustainability programs?

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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While sustainability programs have become the new normal at most manufacturing facilities, there is always room for improvement and another project to tackle.


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Food Packaging

Keeping tabs

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The global flexible packaging market is estimated to grow from $73.8 million in 2012 to $99.6 million by 2018, according to research group MarketsandMarkets.


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Food Packaging

Udder success

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Per capita milk consumption in the US has been on a steady decline since the 1970s.


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Manufacturing News

Dairy industry addresses opportunities in growing market

By Shane O'Halloran
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Fueled in large part by rising consumption in Asia, the global dairy industry is expanding at a rate that will increase both opportunities and challenges for producers.


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Industry & People News: August 2014

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


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Plant Openings: August 2014

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


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Dry Processing Technology

Blending system allows the weighing of product in motion

Muesli cereal line required a system to help blend multiple ingredients with accurate proportions.
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In January 2014, Bob’s Red Mill was planning to buy a new blend system for its Muesli line, which required blending multiple ingredients with accurate proportions to create the cereal.


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Engineering R&D

In-shift pathogen test reduces time to market

Based on novel technology, a recent approach to pathogen testing eliminates the enrichment phase of assays, which means getting results before a shift is over.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Listeria—it’s seems like it’s everywhere.


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Food Packaging

There’s a cap for that

New cap reseals container for later use, preserves cool temperature and carbonation, and helps prevent spillage.
By Cindy Dubin
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Bridging the gap between conventional beverage cans and meeting the demands of a mobile generation, German-based ACTEGA DS and US company Dayton Systems Group (DSG) have developed the non-breakable, recyclable DSG Beverage Cap Can, with a reclosable feature that was previously available only on glass.


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Technology Sourcebook

Heat exchange service

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Litre Service reconditions, repairs and rebuilds scraped surface heat exchangers and components used in conjunction with them.


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Dry Processing

Powder transfer system

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Heat and Control’s Powder On Demand system transfers powders and granules to seasoning applicators, mixers, storage bins and elevated equipment.


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Dry Processing

Explosion isolation valve

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The Camfil APC Stinger explosion isolation valve isolates dust collector explosions to prevent a deflagration from traveling back through the inlet pipe of the dust collector and into the workspace.


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Dry Processing

Feed system

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The Hapman PosiPortion feed system  can be added to any Hapman conveyor or bulk bag unloader to automatically supply material to a process in premeasured batches or continually on a rate-controlled basis. 


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Dry Processing

Silo powder unloader

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The Sodimate mechanical silo unloader features a vertical spindle fitted with flexible blades for the mechanical unloading of dry powdered materials from silos, rigid bins and hoppers. 


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Dry Processing

Bulk bag filler

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The Spiroflow Rise and Fall bulk bag filler handles fragile fruits and nuts, gently lowering the bulk bag as it fills, without damaging the material.


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Dry Processing

Self-cleaning filter system

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The Nilfisk CFM Infiniclean self-cleaning filter system for industrial vacuum cleaners continuously cleans the filter during unattended, continuous-duty and fine-dust applications. 


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Dry Processing

Flow function test

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The Brookfield Engineering Quick 5-point flow function test is integrated into Powder Flow Pro Software, version 1.3. 


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Dry Processing

Optical sorters

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Bühler SORTEX A and SORTEX B optical sorting machines are designed to improve yield, performance and product quality for the optical sorting of dry commodities including nuts, seeds, pulses, grain and coffee.


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Dry Processing

Pin mill

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The Munson 24-in. diameter CIM-24-MS pin mill grinds, sizes, deagglomerates and homogenizes friable or other materials into controlled particle sizes from coarse to fine.


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Dry Processing

Bag filling system

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The GEA Avapac RBF Limited Intervention (Li) bag filling system for powdered dairy and food products eliminates dust, reduces explosion risk, can be run without constant supervision and is capable of modified air packaging.


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Technology Sourcebook

Palm-sized PLC

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Featuring onboard I/Os for digital, analog and high-speed functionality, the Unitronics Samba palm-sized PLC has a built-in HMI 3 1/2-in., 16-bit touch screen that enables data entry and display of variable data; the unit supports 24 user-designed screens and up to 40 images per application.


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Technology Sourcebook

Rail-shuttle system

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The ISD LIFO pallet rail-shuttle system eliminates aisles and converts the end of each lane into an active storage and retrieval position; each lane holds up to 10 positions or more.


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Technology Sourcebook

Push-to-connect fittings

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Combining plastic with metal barbed fittings, the Bimba line of composite push-to-connect fittings includes specialty items such as union branches and tube-to-stem elbow reducers. 


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Technology Sourcebook

Single-filing systems

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Multi-Conveyor single-filing systems for low-profile objects move circular products through fast-paced, 90° conveyor transfers. 


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Technology Sourcebook

Operations console

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The Honeywell Process Solutions Experion Orion console features include a flexible, high-definition display that provides status assessments of process operations.


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Technology Sourcebook

Anti-fog shrink film

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Used to package cold chain produce goods including mushrooms, corn and peppers, Sealed Air Cryovac CT-311 micro-layered, anti-fog shrink film prevents water droplets from accumulating inside the film and clouding package contents.


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Technology Sourcebook

Small-machine PLC

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Designed for small machines and compressor control, the Rockwell Allen-Bradley Micro820 20-point programmable logic controller features embedded Ethernet and serial ports, a microSD slot, pulse-width modulation output and recipe management.


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Technology Sourcebook

Square bag

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Constructed of multiple layers of barrier films, the Mondi square bag holds powders and granular materials weighing up to 10 lb. and liquids up to 1.5 gal.


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Technology Sourcebook

High-speed disperser

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Featuring a laser-cut, saw-tooth blade that runs to approximately 5,000 ft./min., Ross vacuum-rated, high-speed dispersers are tank-mounted and raisable mixers that incorporate dry powders into liquid and disperse loosely bound agglomerates.


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Technology Sourcebook

Cup/lid case packer

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The Schneider HCP horizontal case packer packs sleeves of cups or lids, or a combination of both, into a case in standard or custom pack patterns.


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Technology Sourcebook

Robotic packaging solution

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Engineered for placing into primary or secondary packaging, the Bosch Paloma vision-guided solution features a GD33 Delta robot in an open-frame design; the robot incorporates standard off-the-shelf drive elements and offers a payload capability up to 3kg.


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Technology Sourcebook

Shrink sealing

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PDC Shrinksealer 65 Series units extend sleeve labels over the caps of jars, bottles and other containers.


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Technology Sourcebook

Failsafe controller

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Suitable for high-end standard and safety-related machine and plant automation applications, the Siemens Industry SIMATIC S7-1518F failsafe controller offers a bit performance of 1 nanosecond.


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Technology Sourcebook

Embedded system

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Designed for applications such as factory automation, smart buildings, logistics and environmental monitoring, the Advantech UTX-3115 fanless, wide-temp embedded system features a pre-integrated software and hardware platform containing a Linux operating system, security and management features.


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Technology Sourcebook

Continuous oil filter

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Designed for high-capacity breaded products fryers, the Heat and Control twin-chamber Micron-Pro filter continuously filters cooking oil to the sub-micron level at up to 65 gpm; the fines are automatically discharged from the filter, without operator intervention.


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Technology Sourcebook

Solid pneumatic casters

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Capable of carrying up to 8,400 lb., Hamilton 7700 solid pneumatic casters have a dual-wheel design and drop forged steel mounting plates.


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Technology Sourcebook

Light-duty heat exchanger

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Capable of providing heating, cooling, crystallization and pasteurization, the SPX light-duty scraped surface heat exchanger handles low-, medium- and high-viscosity fluids that contain particles up to 30mm in diameter.


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Technology Sourcebook

Heat exchangers

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Offering high heat transfer coefficients, Kenics heat exchangers are equipped with streamlined static mixer elements.


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Technology Sourcebook

Flexible conveyor belt

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With a nominal 3-in. by 1-in. opening, the Ashworth Omni-Flex 3 x 1 belt is suitable for conveying pans, trays and larger products in spiral cooling, freezing and general conveyance applications; panned, trayed or larger products can be cooled, proofed and frozen directly on the belt.


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Technology Sourcebook

NEMA 12 cabinet coolers

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Resisting heat and dirty environments, EXAIR NEMA 12 cabinet cooler systems keep electrical enclosures cool with 20°F air.


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Technology Sourcebook

Flowable products depositor

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The Unifiller iSpot depositor draws and portions smooth, flowable products directly from a bowl or pail, and makes 150 deposits/min.


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Technology Sourcebook

HTST/UHT processor unit

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Suitable for up- or downstream installation to conduct trials, the TERLET-OMVE HT 220 Combo Unit with direct steam injection includes an HTST/UHT processor and onboard, built-in steam boiler.


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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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The August 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how your operation could be doing more to create a culture of employee engagement. Also, read more on how your business and insurance partners must know the basics of your business and its nuances as well.

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