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Green Initiatives: Making the Leap to ROI

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Plant investments must compete with new product development and other priorities for limited capital, and the challenge is particularly difficult for infrastructure and utility improvements.


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It's not so hard to be green

By Peter Hock
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Managers who keep their minds open to using the right tools will have the greatest success in sustainability improvements.


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Standardized sanitation

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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An emerging consensus on how best to minimize contamination risks in food plants is adding clarity to design objectives.
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Reciprocating retorts

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Rapid movement can dramatically reduce cycle times in retorts, but controlling the force created by a heavy basket’s motion required years of additional development.
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Editor's Note: Partnership will make the difference

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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Over the past few months, the news media have been full of reports about novel weight loss drugs and new findings about calories, metabolism and diets, as well continued reports on the obesity epidemic.


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IDFA concerned about Farm Bill

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Pressure is growing on the Republican-led House of Representatives to pass its version of the 2012 Farm Bill after the Senate approved its version in late June.


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Plant Openings & Expansions: August 2012

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Living Essentials LLC plans to expand its Wabash, IN facility, investing $30 million.
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Industry & People: August 2012

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Gary Saunders was selected as the new president and CEO of Magnum Systems.
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Store-wrapped beef’s Waterloo?

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Case-ready meat has replaced in-store wrapping for many products, and a new film provides another opportunity for centralized packaging in vacuum bags.
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Green, by the way

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Functionality usually takes a back seat or rides shotgun with environmentally friendly packaging materials, but that’s not the case with a new polymer film from the Australian firm Plantic Technologies Ltd.
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Drop the knife, and move away from the pork

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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Tool-less opening of primal cuts in foodservice and back-of-house retail operations has come to pork, a year after Sealed Air Corp.’s Cryovac division introduced the feature to bags used in beef shipments.
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Sieving systems speed tea production

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Two new sieves, part of bag-tipping stations, double screening capacity and make it easy to change and clean screens.


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GMA questions cereal study

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The food industry is taking exception to a “Cereal Facts” study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. 


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Water reuse—penny wise, millions of dollars smart

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With the lack of rainfall in the heartlands causing grain futures to trend upward and water shortages on everybody’s mind, conserving and reusing water has been a major push for several food and beverage processors.
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Analyzer Support Fixture

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The TA-CSF circular support fixture for the Brookfield CT3 texture analyzer supports irregular items such as fresh fruit while texture tests are performed.
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High Shear Mixer

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Designed for products that require uniformity in a dispersion or emulsion, the Ross X-Series ultra-high shear inline mixer is used in processes where narrow particle size distributions are desired within a single pass.
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Spray Attachment

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An attachment that continuously or intermittently washes screen mesh free of solids, the SWECO MM4 Traveling Spray system features a traveling bar equipped with 21 spray nozzles.
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Prepared Foods Fryer

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The Heat and Control MasterTherm prepared foods fryer uniformly fries battered, breaded and uncoated poultry, meat, seafood and vegetable products.
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Dairy Plant Flooring

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Stonhard flooring systems for dairy plants can be used in process areas, loading docks, tank farms, coolers, mechanical rooms and chemical storage areas.
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Bucket Washer

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Equipped with separate wash and rinse tanks, the Douglas Model SD-36 bucket washer features self-contained water heating, recirculating wash water and a 15hp pump.
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IQF Freezer

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With a rolling-wave action and high-efficiency design, the Linde Cryoline CW Cryowave IQF (individual quick frozen) freezer eliminates CO2 snow carryover.
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Refrigeration Compressor Fluids

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Developed for use in commercial ammonia refrigeration compressor systems, Petro-Canada REFLO refrigeration compressor fluids are formulated using 99.9% pure base oils.
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Hand Wrap

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With a 60-70 gauge performance equivalent, GaleWrap LITE oriented film puncture-resistant hand wrap has hemmed edges to ensure it won’t break or tear if the roll is dropped or falls.
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Case Erector

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The A-B-C Model 330T case erector/bottom sealer features a channel steel box frame construction, mechanical main drive and solid walking beam case transfer.
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Electromagnetic Flow Meter

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The ABB Measurement Products ProcessMaster Wafer FEM300 Minimag electromagnetic flow meter uses a higher excitation frequency for the transmitter for a shorter response time.
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Mezzanine Safety Gate

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Eliminating the potential for falls and other accidents associated with mezzanine loading areas, the Benko Protect-O-Gate pivot gate has a 2-part or reciprocating design.
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Can Trough/Return Idlers

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Elite Roller Manufacturing reusable steel can trough and return idlers include 2 tapered roller bearings in each hub (4 per idler).
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Light Barrier

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Designed for automated food and beverage processing, packaging and materials handling applications, the Baumer SmartReflect photoelectric light barrier operates without a separate reflector or receiver to identify the correct positioning of items to be packaged.
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Depositors

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Hinds-Bock industrial muffin and cake batter depositors feature diving positive shutoff spouts with large ports to handle viscous batters with large frozen particulates.
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Spiral Freezers/Coolers

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Featuring acetal conveyor belts directly geared to the drive drum, GEA Refrigeration Technologies direct-drive GEA A-Tec and GEA E-Tec spiral freezers and coolers are designed for sensitive food such as deep-fried, breaded and sugar-glazed products.
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Metal Detector Conveyors

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Eriez E-Z Tec high-frequency DSP (digital signal processing) metal detectors with standard conveyor systems protect against ferrous and nonferrous metal contamination.
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Conveyor Belt

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An open metal belt for light- to medium-duty applications, the Wire Belt Versa-Link conveyor belt has linking rods that connect in the center, leaving no weak points.
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Carbon-Graphite Materials

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Metallized Carbon Metcar grades M-106 and M-400 resin-impregnated, carbon-graphite materials can be used for mechanical parts that must run submerged in liquids.
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Portioning System

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Built for high-volume portions, intense cuts and fat trimming, the JBT FoodTech DSI 800 Series compact water jet portioning system has cutters that move the full width of the belt.
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Patty Paper

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Hollymatic FDA- and USDA-approved patty paper is designed for the meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, bakery and deli industries.
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Clean-Fill Machine

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The Bosch TFC thermoforming clean-fill machine is engineered for fresh products and foods requiring a cooling chain such as yogurts and desserts.
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Non-Metallic Enclosures

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Featuring a clam shell appearance, Stahlin FATBOY Double Deep J Series enclosures meet many “extra space” application requirements, without adding unwanted height or weight.
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Salmonella Test Kit

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Allowing food processors to conduct food safety testing at their own facilities, the InstantLabs Salmonella Species Food Safety Kit is certified as AOAC performance-tested for identifying Salmonella in whole chicken, ground chicken, ground beef and lettuce.
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Extreme Temperature Oil

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NSF H1 registered and fully synthetic, Klüberfood 4 NH1-46 hydraulic oil protects against friction, wear, contaminant buildup and valve blockages.
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Electromagnetic Flow Meter

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The Omega battery-powered, corrosion-resistant FMG800 series full-bore electromagnetic flow meter features a built-in rate and total indicator.
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Ingredient Depositor

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The Hinds-Bock dry ingredient depositor works with dry, free-flowing products such as sugar, sprinkles, chocolate chips, oat flakes, sliced nuts, etc.
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Bottle Orientor

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Assuring uniform orientation for asymmetric bottles, the Nalbach NECO-ORIENTOR Inline “0/180” degree bottle orientor is a servo-driven system that turns non-round bottles into a common direction.
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Automated Bulk Material Mixing System

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Designed specifically for fully automated introduction, transfer, mixing and blending of multiple sluggish materials, National Bulk Equipment’s integrated mixing system includes an NBE lift-and-seal gaylord discharge system.
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Large Tank Cleaner

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Equipped with a dual- or triple-nozzle hub and high-impact solid stream nozzles that rotate 360° in horizontal and vertical planes, the Spraying Systems TankJet 360 fluid-driven tank cleaner delivers a crisscrossing pattern to clean tanks up to 100 ft. in diameter and remove sticky residues.
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Sanitary Feeder

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The Schenck AccuRate MECHATRON 3-A feeder is designed for use in food and dairy industry process applications where equipment must meet 3-A sanitary levels or their equivalent.
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Chlorine Dioxide Analyzer

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Simplifying the monitoring and control of chlorine dioxide in a variety of applications for the food and beverage industry including clean-in-place sanitizing and rinsing operations, the ECD CDA-22 chlorine dioxide analyzer incorporates a CIO2 sensor, automated flow control device and analyzer/controller mounted on a PVC panel.
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Aqueous Ozone Systems

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DEL Platinum aqueous ozone systems deliver ozone-enriched cold water for direct contact sanitation.
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