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Sustainable Plant of the Year: Stahlbush Island Farms - A model of self-sufficiency

A biogas system has transformed Stahlbush Island farms into a carbon negative operation, removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it is responsible for creating.
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Automated systems enhance hand and boot hygiene

As part of larger sanitation programs, hand and boot washing plays a key role in improving food safety and adhering to stricter regulations.
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Tech Update: Power Transmission Equipment - Increasing uptime in demanding environments

The key to long life and less energy usage is proper maintenance.


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Green Series: Good to the Last BTU

For organizations able to commit capital to energy recovery systems, the realized efficiencies are the gift that keeps giving.


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Engineering R&D: Shear waves in filtration

From fractionating milk solids to waste treatment aimed at zero liquid discharge, filtration is playing a growing role in the food industry, provided manufacturers can keep membranes clean.
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Editor's Note: There’s no stopping the growing force and rewards of sustainability

About 10 years ago, someone from a major food industry supplier called me to discuss his company’s commitment to sustainability. 


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SFA gets FSMA clarification

There has been some uncertainty about FDA’s plan to implement preventive controls and other provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) because the agency has not yet issued regulations implementing the law.
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Sausage maker streamlines shrinkwrapping on breakfast line

System upgrade doubles throughput, maximizes line uptime and provides efficient long-term operational ROI.
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Processor uses VFFS to meet changing customer demands

Low maintenance, flexible vertical form-fill-seal equipment delivers increased speed and uptime.
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Loading dock doors keep food safe, save energy

Processors may have picked all the low-hanging fruit in saving energy, but may have forgotten the obvious.
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The 80-foot microwave

Shelf-stable foods prepared with microwave-assisted thermal sterilization may soon debut, provided the packaging riddle can be solved.
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Truth be told

Lee Marvin had his Dirty Dozen. The Kroger Co. goes eight times further with “Free from 101,” a list of ingredients and food additives it is banishing from its private-label natural products.
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Stackable and snappable

When foodservice accounts ask if they can sell your product, you know you have a hit.
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Industry & People: November 2012

Campbell Soup Company will close its Sacramento, CA plant, which produces soups, sauces and beverages; production will shift to its three remaining thermal plants.
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Plant Openings & Expansions: November 2012

The Hershey Company opened a new $300 million, state-of-the-art chocolate plant in West Hershey, PA, about two miles from its original plant.
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Cattlemen battle drought

The summer’s drought made it harder for cattlemen to meet tough clean air standards.
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Farm Bill indecision hurts

Food producers expressed strong disappointment when Congress adjourned without completing work on the new Farm Bill.
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Peanut butter recall déjà vu

Reported earlier in FE’s Tech Flash e-newsletter, the recent Salmonella Bredeney outbreak has sickened a total of 35 people in 19 states, and has been attributed to peanut butter—and potentially other nut butters—from Sunland Inc. (Portales, NM).
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Technology Sourcebook

Dust collector valve

Equipped with a replaceable silicone duck bill sleeve that can operate in temperatures up 500°F, the Aerodyne Vacu-Valve collector valve has chemical-, caustic- and abrasive-resistant replaceable sleeves.


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Miniature micropump

Based on piezoelectric diaphragm pump technology, the Servoflo MP-6 micropump delivers air, gas or liquid for low-flow applications. 


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Optical absorption sensor

Using visible and near-infrared wavelengths of light, the Endress+Hauser OUSAF11 absorption sensor is engineered for product loss detection, interface detection, and suspended solids and turbidity measurements. 


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Benchtop meter

A modular instrument that measures 1, 2 or 3 channels in parallel, the METTLER TOLEDO SevenExcellence benchtop meter measures pH, conductivity, ion concentration or oxidation reduction potential. 


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Motion controller

The CTI hand-held, HID-compliant M20UxT-Nx-7P motion controller operates with a Windows Operating System, Mac OS X or Linux OS using a standard USB HID-compliant communication protocol. 


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Hand dryer

A high-speed system that certifies each filter, the Excel XLERATOR hand dryer with HEPA filtration system meets stringent HEPA performance standards; it features a washable pre-filter and removes 99.97% of potentially present bacteria and particulates from the air in the room to deliver clean, filtered, purified air.
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Pre-rinse assembly

The Component Hardware Encore KLF-Y014 variable flow pre-rinse assembly allows users to select from 3 low-flow spray patterns and flow rates by rotating the unit’s bumper.
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Combustion analyzer

The E Instruments BTU1100-HE portable combustion analyzer kit includes an incoming Air Smart probe, field-replaceable sensors, a rechargeable battery and AC charger. 


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Heavy-duty interlocks

Fortress amGard Pro heavy-duty, safety gate switch interlocks comply with developing global standards to safeguard plant and personnel. 


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Keypad module

With the compact dimensions of a mobile phone and IP65 washdown protection, the B&R keypad module with integrated illuminated ring keys provides a flexible connection to open fieldbus systems. 


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Wireless sensor

The Banner SureCross Q45 remote device (RD) model wireless sensor interfaces with isolated dry contacts or PNP outputs; it also features a mode where it interfaces directly with NAMUR inductive proximity sensors.


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Scalable platform

Engineered for flexographic printing and packaging applications, the Kollmorgen AKD PDMM scalable automation platform combines a high-performance multi-axis motion controller, complete IEC61131-3 soft PLC, EtherCAT master and AKD servo drive in a single package.  


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Bulk feed adhesive

The H.B. Fuller Liquamelt adhesive system bulk feed option eliminates the need for on-floor staff to refill the adhesive reservoir; it allows containers to be located remotely and for the adhesive to be safely transferred from the sealed containers to the packaging machines through common, non-heated fluid hoses. 


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Digital pressure gauge

Providing a 5-digit LCD in ranges up to 25,000psi, the Ashcroft DG25 digital pressure gauge comes in accuracies of 0.5% and 0.25% FS. 


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Steam jacket kettles

Utilized in the preparation of large quantities of soups, sauces, ready-to-eat meals, hummus, beverages and meats, GPE steam jacket kettles are available in a range of sizes from 0.5 to 1000+ gal., with 1- or 2-piece covers, tilting capability, sanitary outlet valves in  a variety of sizes and configurations, strainers, baskets and agitators custom built for any application. 


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RFID readers

Siemens industrial-grade, compact Simatic RF200 RFID readers have a standardized IO-Link interface for integration into sensor-level automation; no RFID-specific programming is required. 


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Agitation retorts

Allpax Shaka 1600 single-basket, high-speed agitation retorts have a 1 ton capacity. 


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Drainage trap

Designed for superheated or high-pressure steam mains, equipment and turbines up to 650psig and 800ºF, the TLV FS5H QuickTrap drainage trap provides rapid removal of condensate; the 3-point seating ensures a steam-tight seal even under no-load conditions. 


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Passive splitters

Available in flat cable or M12 male connector versions, Pepperl+Fuchs G11 passive splitters are sealed to keep out contaminants. 


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Refrigerant leak detector

Delivering sensitivity to all refrigerants, Testo Model 316-3 refrigerant leak detector is resistant to contaminants such as dust, dirt and oil. 


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Threaded set collars

Available in metric sizes, Winco GN 706.3 threaded set collars come in black steam oxidized sintered steel (Distaloy AB) or sintered stainless steel, European Standard No. 1.4404 (American Standard Series 316L). 


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Forming system

Engineered for the meat and poultry industry, the Formax NovaMax500 forming system has a servo-controlled, rotary-product pump that works in tandem with feed-screw movements to prevent overworking; a servo knock-out system ensures precise product placement to downstream conveying systems. 


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Intermediate lock

The Smith Flow Control ISO-pattern IML intermediate lock with universal mount  uses an operating key to lock the actuator in an open or closed position so the valve cannot turn. 


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Portable air compressor

The Sullair E900H 900 cfm electric portable air compressor delivers 900 acfm at operating pressures up to 150psig.


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Dual-shaft mixer

The Ross dual-shaft mixer is available with a PEEK (polyetheretherketone) high-speed disperser and 2-wing anchor agitator coated with black Teflon PFA.
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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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2014 October

The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

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