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The State of Food Manufacturing

Man & Machine Reach for Operational Excellence
Production improvement is always a driver in manufacturing, but there are other areas of concern in food and beverage, as survey participants make clear.
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Trust, but verify

You can never be too cautious when you buy ingredients from around the world.
Whether it’s your suppliers or process, analytical instrumentation can confirm the quality of your ingredients and assure your process is efficient, safe and under control.
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Tech Update: Preventing dust explosions

While understanding the physics of dust explosions can require college math, using the old eyeballs and some simple cleaning tools can go a long way in preventing a catastrophe.
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Toward zero liquid discharge

Animal feed recovery used to constitute best practice in food plant wastewater treatment. Technology and sustainability efforts are pushing manufacturers far beyond that.
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Food Safety: Time to check the plumbing

Processors must understand not only what materials are being moved through their plumbing systems but how these lines are designed and laid out.
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Engineering R&D: What lurks beneath

Biohazards and other contaminants have been out of sight, out of mind under fan shrouds on electric motors. A fabricator of stainless steel motors thinks he has the solution.
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Editor's Note: On the hunt for game-changing technologies

Our industry has never been interested in maintaining the status quo.
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Farm Bill still not approved

The Farm Bill remains bogged down in the House of Representatives, despite the House Agriculture Committee’s approval in July.
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Take me to your showroom

If anyone appreciates automation, it’s a veteran of the automotive industry.
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Don’t it turn my white can blue

Credit Todd Berardi for finding a way to be different while bending to convention.
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Less filling, same price

With ingredient prices trending up and shoppers unwilling to pay more, food packagers are shifting to downsized containers.
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Industry & People: September 2012

Effective January 1, 2013, The Coca-Cola Company will organize around three major operating businesses.
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Plant Openings & Expansions: September 2012

McCall Farms, Inc. announced expansion plans for its manufacturing facility in Florence County, SC.
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Microbial risk guideline

The Food Safety and Inspection Service and EPA have published a guideline for regulatory agencies.
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New technologies boost plant safety

Plant explosions often grab the news headlines, but dust explosions in grain handling facilities and other plant mishaps don’t always make the national news.
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Technology Sourcebook

Label printer

The Primera CX1000 color label printer is designed for the in-house production of professional-grade pre-die-cut labels in quantities from 50 to 5,000.
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Food processing blades

The arcuates enter the cut gently along the long arc without tearing into the food.
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PET beverage carafe

Designed to create a differentiated shelf-presence for a variety of premium beverages, the Graham stock 59-oz. polyethylene terephthalate (PET) carafe is used with ambient and cold-filled drinks such as juices, teas, lemonades and fruit punches that are typically sold in the refrigerated section.
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Steerable wheel sorter

The Dematic steerable wheel sorter accommodates cases, cartons, totes and trays weighing up to 110 lb. for a variety of warehouse and distribution center applications that require sort rates from 40 to 80 cartons/min.
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Meal depositing systems

Available in single- or multi-lane configurations for speeds up to 320 meals/min., Hinds-Bock 4P-32 meal depositing systems feature tray denesters, industrial servo or conventional piston depositors, traveling spout bridges and transfer pumps.
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Integrated servo motor

The JVL stainless steel IP67 MAC 141 integrated servo motor has a 100% stainless steel shaft, flange, tube and rear end cover.
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Low-level depalletizer

The CHCS Model 1000(AC)-60 low-level depalletizer offers flexibility in the range of layer heights that can be accommodated and accuracy in layer incrementing with heavy loads, such as full-height pallets of glass bottles.
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Blending system

The Birko BOSS system blends high-performance cleaning and sanitation products on-site from custom chemical concentrates.
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Lightweight plastic pallet

Weighing 12.5 lbs, the Cabka CPP 100 fully functional, lightweight plastic pallet handles dynamic load capacities up to 2,200 lbs.; actual load capacities depend on the type of unit load, size of cases and how it is secured to the pallet.
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Connectivity components

UL approved, TURCK powerfast connectivity components include cord sets, receptacles, reducers, reducer tees, field wireables, rotary disconnect switches and power lock devices that provide total design and configuration control for power distribution systems.
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Mexican food depositors

Unifiller depositors for Mexican food production portion fillings and sauces for burritos, taquitos, empanadas and more into tubs, onto products or into trays.
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Rotary jet mixer

The Alfa Laval Iso-Mix rotary jet technology device mixes liquid, gas or powder, all in the same tank.
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Direct-fill deli platter

The Clear Lam direct-fill, high-barrier deli platter eliminates the need to prepackage individual food components in bags; food items are directly loaded into the platter’s cavities.
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X-ray inspection systems

Anritsu DualXTechnology X-ray inspection systems use 2 different X-ray energy signals that provide the automatic ability to differentiate a product profile from contaminants.
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Progressive cavity pump

Capable of a controlled flow rate of 11gpm and a maximum pressure of 60psi, the seepex BWC food-grade progressive cavity pump conveys liquids containing suspended solids and slurries that are 40,000 centipoise in viscosity.
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Rotary vane feeder

The 3i’s rotary vane feeder for batch/filling applications has an inlet to ensure consistent material flow into the rotary drum and pneumatic evacuation technology for feeding, batching and filling, even with difficult flowing materials.
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Combustible leak detector

The E Instruments Model 7899 Gas Sniffer portable combustible leak detector pinpoints small leaks of any combustible gas or hydrocarbon from piping and/or appliances.
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Scales

Designed with intuitive features, Adam Equipment Warrior series scales come in 7 models, with capacities from 16 to 330 lb. and readabilities from 0.001 to 0.02 lb.; they weigh in grams, kilograms, pounds, ounces, pounds/ounces and newtons.
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In-air sorter

The Key Tegra 7755E in-air color sorter provides full-object views of product; each of the unit’s 4 cameras scans the full width of the belt, allowing the entire product zone to be viewed from 4 sides.
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Drum/bucket warmers

Powerblanket drum and bucket warmers replace conventional band heaters, warming ovens and blowers for heating temperature-sensitive materials.
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Thigh deboner

Providing a hand-cut appearance with minimal manual trimming, the Foodmate automated OPTI thigh deboner has a scraper design and tendon-cutting system that eliminate bone shattering and fragmenting.
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Pizza test fixture

Used with a Brookfield CT3 texture analyzer, the Brookfield TA-PTF pizza test fixture tests the extensibility and tensile breaking strength of pizza crust and similar food items.
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Refrigeration compressor

Engineered for application in refrigeration technology, the GEA medium-sized Type MS Grasso compressor has an internal, continuous Vi control system that adapts the unit’s internal volume conditions to external plant pressure conditions.
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Vacuum emulsifier

The Inotec vacuum emulsifier has a force-feed system to remove entrapped air from product prior to the emulsifying process and maintains the vacuum throughout the cutting process.
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Power supply

The Siemens wall-mounted, single-phase Sitop PSU100D switched-mode power supply eliminates the need for traditional rail mounting while meeting basic power supply requirements.
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Run-time data logger

The Onset HOBO UX90 motor on/off logger monitors run times of motors, pumps, compressors and other equipment.
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Auger filling system

The Nalbach Model NMAF-M10 10-head multilane auger filling system dispenses a single product from a common hopper with 10 separate, independently controlled augers/funnels.
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Rotary drum screen

Featuring all-stainless construction including the base frame, the CST rotary drum screen is fully enclosed for OH&S odor and aerosol control.
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Testing connectors

FasTest NuJaws JNL2 Series connectors provide leak-tight connections for charging, evacuating and leak testing.
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Monitoring/alerting system

Designed to automatically alert radio-equipped personnel when plant conditions change, the Ritron Quick Talk RQT wireless monitoring and alerting system is an industrial-grade radio transmitter with sensor inputs and voice recording storage.
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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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