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The May 2015 issue of Food Engineering explores effective tools for hitting manufacturing targets. Also, read how processors are looking for faster ways to detect harmful pathogens in food and beverages without sacrificing accuracy or reliability.

Key Performance Indicators

Effective tools for hitting manufacturing targets

KPIs and measures serve to crystallize business strategy, align the organization and clarify accountability. The people, the measures, the accountability, the review and response process and the actions taken are the greater drivers of strategy delivery.
When deciding what kind of car to buy, there’s an old adage: Fast, cheap and good—pick two!


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Food Safety

X-ray inspection: Getting more for less

With new demand and recent advancements, manufacturers are offering more affordable X-ray inspection machines that are easier to use.
Whether it is a loose screw that falls off a machine, a bone that manages to stay wedged in a piece of meat or a bit of plastic that finds its way into a batch, contamination in a finished product can be a major blow to a brand.


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Editor's Note

Inability to recall the recalled brands

Despite all the food safety advances in sanitary machine design, sanitary plant design, product testing and inspection, and many processors reexamining their current SSOPs, HACCP plans and FSMA preparation and adherence, there is still much work to be done to protect the food supply and to inform consumers of potential problems.


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Manufacturing News

Listeria hides in processing machinery

Recent information released by Blue Bell Creameries relating to the cause of the Listeria contamination in some of its ice cream products has a familiar ring to it—improperly maintained equipment contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


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Food Packaging

Beauty is skin deep

In response to consumers moving from frozen product to refrigerated fresh fish, Sealed Air Food Care creates a new packaging solution.
When Massachusetts-based Pier Fish Company, Inc. was looking for new seafood packaging, the company focused on the needs of the retailers it supplies.


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Technology Sourcebook

Nitrile gloves

Kimberly-Clark Spring Green and Forest Green nitrile exam gloves provide dexterity and a wet/dry grip.


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Sanitary pumps

Powered by a stainless steel air distribution system, Wilden Saniflo sanitary FDA air-operated, double-diaphragm pumps feature 316 stainless steel wetted parts and tri-clamps for compatibility with sanitary piping systems.


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Technology Sourcebook

Hot fill lines

Able to maintain +/-1°F at temperatures up to 210°F, Hinds-Bock hot fill lines come with insulated hoppers or jacketed and insulated hoppers that accept plant-supplied hot water; they also are available as self-contained hot oil heat systems with multi-zone control to heat the entire filling flow path.


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Atomizing spray nozzles

Exair siphon-fed atomizing spray nozzles can be used with gravity-fed liquids or lift liquids from a siphon height up to 36 in.; they positively stop liquid flow when compressed air is shut off.


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Label check station

The METTLER TOLEDO CI-Vision label check station prints and verifies labels automatically at rates up to 500/min.; it can print labels that provide batch or other product-specific information.


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Ribbon blender

Driven by a 75hp inverter-duty gear motor, the Ross 385-cu.-ft. ribbon blender is equipped with a double ribbon agitator for center discharge through a pneumatically operated, dust-tight knife gate valve.


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Color-coded cleaning tools

Perfex color-coded brooms and brushes feature nonconductive polypropylene fibers fused into impact-resistant brush blocks; the fibers do not absorb bacteria, liquids or odors and are unaffected by water, grease, petroleum products, detergents, sanitizers and solvents.


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Refrigeration platform

Using straightway and angle-way valve housings, the Danfoss SVL stainless steel Flexline platform for industrial refrigeration can switch between 5 different functions (stop, stop/check, check, regulating and filter) for temperature and leak control.


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Industrial gloves

Aquila DPU102 industrial gloves offer EN388 cut level 3 protection for safety, comfort, flexibility and sensitivity; they feature a 13-gauge, cut-resistant liner and cut resistance for up to 8 wash cycles.


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Pump drive

Providing microdrive control for variable-torque pump loads through 25hp, the Yaskawa iQpump Micro intelligent pump drive comes in NEMA 1- and NEMA 4X-rated models; NEMA 3R-configured packages are available.


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Metering pumps

Built for chemical dosing systems and corrosive environments, Hayward Z Series solenoid diaphragm metering pumps feature front-facing controls and tube connections, a 1-piece molded PVDF pump head with an integral degassing valve, double check valves with dual ceramic balls, a solid PTFE diaphragm and glass-reinforced polypropylene housing.


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Wraparound case/tray packer

The PMI HCP universal, all-servo wraparound case packer handles cases with inner or outer fifth flaps, as well as trays of product, at speeds up to 30 cases/min.


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Mixproof valve

The Alfa Laval Unique mixproof CP-3 valve includes throttling edges on the upper and lower seat plugs to accelerate cleaning fluid during CIP and 3 seals in the valve chamber to assist cleaning of the valve during seat lift.


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Handwashing system

The Meritech CleanTech 2000SCA automated handwashing system comes with an optional turnstile-controlled access feature that automatically opens at the end of each 12-second handwash cycle; the wash and rinse cycle removes 99.98% of dangerous pathogens from bare skin and gloved hands.


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Back pressure/relief valves

Griffco Unibody back pressure and 2-port pressure relief valves feature single-piece construction, with union connections machined together with the valve body.


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Processing pumps

Engineered for the food processing industry, Gorman-Rupp high-pressure pumps are used for water transfer or spraying, while the wastewater pumps are intended for washdown or waste treatment applications.


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J-cutter unit

The Foodmate automated J-cutter unit makes an accurate pre-cut along the drum and thigh bone of poultry.


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Inlet rotary valves

GEA stainless steel inlet rotary valves for food and dairy powder products feature a rigid single-piece casting designed in accordance with ATEX 94/9/CE Class II Cat.1 Zone 20.


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Valve interlock

The Smith Flow Control interlock for small-diaphragm valves in food and beverage hygiene-critical applications features a rotational lock mechanism and acetal plastic body that resists moisture, solvents and other neutral chemicals.


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Rotary valve

Customizable for applications dependent upon individual requirements and the materials being handled, the Meyer Klean-In-Place II rotary valve comes in 5 sizes from 6 through 14 in.


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Continuous mixer

Used to produce pumpable slurries of oil-based seasonings, chocolate and other coatings, Spray Dynamics Slurry On Demand continuous mixer mixes ingredients only as needed.


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Enterprise labeling solution

The Loftware Spectrum 2.5.3 browser-based, all-in-one Enterprise labeling solution includes a text box field that allows sizing fonts to a fixed area, as well as configuring a variety of text formatting options; label and object thumbnails provide verification of the labels.


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Immersion spiral freezer

Capable of processing more than 20,000 lb./hr. of product, the hygienically designed Linde immersion spiral cryogenic freezer has a first stage that applies an instant crust freeze with liquid nitrogen; the cold gases from the first stage travel into the second stage to maximize the use of BTUs.


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Spouted pouches

Providing a safe packaging solution for children’s food products and other food and beverage items, Mondi small-spouted pouches feature large caps to prevent choking; the caps have a shape and structure that allows air to pass through, if one is swallowed. 


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Metal detector conveyor

Built for dairy, snacks, meat, poultry, seafood, bakery and prepared foods processing, the Thermo Scientific Quickfit conveyor integrates seamlessly with Thermo Scientific APEX 500 HD, 500 and 100 metal detectors.


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Failsafe controllers

Siemens Simatic ET 200SP failsafe controllers have 3 integrated Ethernet ports; they can be expanded with a maximum of 64 I/O modules.


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Hygienic handles

Made from food-grade, chemical-resistant polypropylene, Remco Vikan ultra hygiene, ergonomically designed handles feature a rounded grip and no cracks or seams to harbor bacteria. 


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Color-coded brooms/brushes

Ultra-Safe Technology soft-bristle brooms are used for sweeping dry particles, while medium-bristle models are intended for sweeping in dry or wet areas.


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Transfer pump

The Moyno EZstrip transfer pump provides the ability to disassemble, de-rag and maintain a PC pump in place.


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Mixproof valve

Designed for dairy, beverage and food applications, the Rieger N2 PMO mixproof valve has only 4 seals in the product contact area.


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Interface relay

The IDEC RV8S solid state interface relay features 100mA to 3A switching capability in a 6mm-wide space; it operates at a rate up to 40µsec with a 200uS release time.


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Sample taking valve

The FAMAT sample taking valve can take materials such as powders, pastes, slurries and liquids from a process vessel/tank or pipe while the process operates under pressure or vacuum.


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Food Engineering's Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2015

Images from Food Engineering's Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Clearwater Beach, Florida, April 12-15, 2015. The event brought food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.

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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Food Engineering May 2015 Cover

2015 May

The May 2015 issue of Food Engineering explores effective tools for hitting manufacturing targets. Also, read how processors are looking for faster ways to detect harmful pathogens in food and beverages without sacrificing accuracy or reliability.

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