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The March 2014 issue of Food Engineering covers plant audits and how to minimize the food safety risk. Also covered: aseptic applications, raw material testing, and the fiscal benefits of automation.

Audits

Plant audits: Minimizing food safety risk

A global food maker, a developer of certified audit programs and consultants discuss non-regulatory onsite plant audits and how they improve food safety, customer compliance and food quality.

A global food maker, a developer of certified audit programs and consultants discuss non-regulatory onsite plant audits and how they improve food safety, customer compliance and food quality.


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Food Safety

Raw materials: Test or no test?

You can send incoming raw material samples out to a third-party lab, but plenty of easy-to-use, rapid test kits can more quickly provide the results you need—right at your own facility.

A June 10, 2011 report on Deutsche Welle states “bean sprouts are the likely source of an E. coli outbreak in Germany that has killed 31 people and made nearly 3,000 ill since May [2011].” This information was attributed to Reinhard Burger, president of Germany’s federal infectious disease laboratory, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). 


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Tech Update

Aseptic applications: Redefining freshness

Through machinery developments, aseptic treatment of products and packages has notched gains against more entrenched technologies.

 Over the last 10 to 15 years, more low- and high-acid products have been processed in ways designed to kill bacteria and extend the life of foods and liquids. Retort-style thermal processing, chilling and refrigeration steps and the use of preservatives remain the most common routes to produce shelf-stable foods and beverages in the US. 


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Automation

Cost containment: Using automation to help stop leaks

Everywhere you look, your cash flow is hemorrhaging. Integrated automation systems can show you where to start applying tourniquets.

 You may be able to use a spreadsheet or home accounting program to get your household finances in order. But, there are so many places for cash to evaporate in a food or beverage plant, that unless you are using an integrated software system to track and focus every process, you may never know if leaks exist. 


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Editor's Note

Retail check: Blurred lines expanding in grocery shopping aisles

Retail categories continue to blur, according to emerging research.

A research survey conducted last fall by King Retail Solutions shows shoppers’ attitudes about why and where they shop for groceries are evolving. 


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Proposed FDA rule on sanitary transport out for comment

 FDA has published a proposed rule requiring shippers that transport food to use sanitary transportation practices. The action is being taken to comply with provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act and covers shippers that use motor vehicles or rail. 


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Food Packaging

Pallet wrap reduces contamination threat

The wrap offers greater resiliency and is less likely to tear.
Detectamet, a UK-based manufacturer of food-safe detectable products, developed its new detectable pallet wrap to reduce the contamination of finished food products.
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Food Packaging

Lightweight hot-fill bottle a design winner

Coca-Cola Amatil CCA won the 2013 Australian Packaging Design Award for a 600ml Powerade Sports bottle.
Coca-Cola Amatil CCA won the 2013 Australian Packaging Design Award for a 600ml Powerade Sports bottle, an extremely lightweight, eco-friendly hot-fill bottle featuring a 38ml-wide neck closure.
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Food Packaging

Making renewable and recyclable cartons sustainable

Taking down the barriers to carton recycling helps to make cartons more recycle friendly for consumers.

 Sustainability is a consumer trend that is transforming the packaging industry. The top three concerns in relation to beverage packaging include recycling or landfilling, renewable resources and energy, said Erin Reynolds, marketing director at Evergreen Packaging, at last year’s Sustainable Packaging Forum in St. Petersburg, FL. 


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Engineering R&D

Surface appeal: Novel antimicrobial for direct food contact

Novel antimicrobial quickly neutralizes broad range of pathogens on food contact surfaces; now takes aim at direct food contact.

 Chlorine- and ammonia-based disinfectants and sanitizers are typically used as interventions or rinses to eliminate dangerous bacteria, fungi, viruses and foodborne pathogens on food preparation and food processing areas. 


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Regulatory Watch

Dairy industry reaps Farm Bill benefits

 The newly passed Farm Bill reduces funding for SNAP, the federal food stamp program, by $8 billion and trims a number of subsidies for food producers. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) says the bill significantly increases support for fruits and vegetables growers and local food systems. 


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Manufacturing News

Talking outside the box: Are we connected yet?

The industrial "internet of things" is close at hand—or already here.

 The recent ARC Industry Forum, held in Orlando FL, described an “industrial Internet of Things” (IoT) as being close at hand. In fact, many of the technologies are already here, but some still need work to provide the services and security industrial operations need.  


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Plant Openings & Expansions: March 2014

Announcements about new food and beverage plant construction projects, plant renovations and plant expansions.
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Industry & People News: March 2014

Announcements about new hires, staff promotions, association news, awards, mergers and acquisitions.
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Technology Sourcebook

Quick-change mounting plate

Suitable for food and beverage applications, the SAS SWM LK quick-change mounting plate is used to switch out end-of-arm tooling; an integrated pneumatic quick-disconnect system is incorporated in the design. 


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Technology Sourcebook

Paper-based packaging system

Used to transport larger-sized liquid bottles, the Hexacomb HexStack paper-based packaging system features a single layer of honeycomb material custom-die cut to accommodate the specific bottle neck.
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Wraparound case packer

 The OYSTAR A+F SetLine wraparound case packer end-of-line system packs single cups, cup sets and bottles of various shapes and sizes directly into trays or cases; it also sleeves primary packs into multi-packs prior to packing them. 


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Technology Sourcebook

Carton/case loader

 Equipped with FANUC delta robots, the Schneider top-loading, robotic, vertical carton/case loader locates, inspects, orients and nests product in high-speed pick-and-place applications.  


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Technology Sourcebook

Progressive cavity pump

Intended for dough mixing, the Knoll America MX30R progressive cavity pump is used with high-viscous mixtures with pressures up to 150psi.
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Technology Sourcebook

Metal separators

IMI separators featuring round magnetic circuitry use 52 grade MgOe rare earth material to capture ferrous and weakly magnetic metal contaminants.
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Technology Sourcebook

Impingement oven

The Heat and Control AirForce impingement oven delivers uniform airflow and temperature across its width for the even cooking and/or browning of meat, poultry and other prepared foods.
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Technology Sourcebook

Centrifugal pumps

Gorman-Rupp Super T self-priming centrifugal pumps have a removable cover plate for access to the pump interiors without disconnecting piping.
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Technology Sourcebook

Desiccant dryers

Atlas Copco XD+ 550-3600 heat-of-compression desiccant dryers utilize zero purge cooling to eliminate compressed air consumption.


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Technology Sourcebook

Aerator/depositor

Designed for bakery pie and cake decorating, the Shufflemixer system aerates and deposits cream, bavarois, mousse and meringue.
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Technology Sourcebook

Drum and tote oven

The Benko Sahara Hot Room Model S32 oven melts materials in drums or totes that have been chilled by cold weather.
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Technology Sourcebook

Post-baking dryers

Engineered for smaller regional producers of biscuits and crackers, RFC Bantam-Series Macrowave post-baking dryers are intended for up to 1m-wide bands producing 3,000 lb./hr. or less.


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Technology Sourcebook

Pallet stretch wrapper

Integrated with a precision scale and digital controls, the ARPAC semi-automatic Pro Series LP Wrap-N-Weigh pallet stretch wrapper has a 4,000-lb. capacity.
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Technology Sourcebook

Eccentric disc pumps

Mouvex eccentric disc pumps for product-recovery operations in food and beverage manufacturing and handling produce a partial vacuum effect on the suction side and a compressor effect on the discharge side, creating a “plug” effect that pushes the remaining product out of the transfer line as a whole.


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Technology Sourcebook

Transfer pump

Used with PC pumps and associated products, the Moyno EZstrip transfer pump has a split coupling, offering direct access to the wear parts and rotating assemblies.
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Technology Sourcebook

Load transfer station

The Columbia machine load transfer station with pallet cart allows a fork truck driver to place the “go to” pallet onto a pallet cart.
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Technology Sourcebook

Thermometers

 Eliminating the use of mercury to measure temperature, Ashcroft bimetal thermometers come with 2- to 5-in. dial diameters and in ranges from -80°F to 1,000°F and Celsius equivalents.  


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Technology Sourcebook

Flexible chain conveyor

 The Dorner 2200 Series SmartFlex flexible chain conveyor comes with a weighted take-up module with an adjustable slot that compensates to remove sag in the belt; the module can be positioned in a variety of locations along the conveyor. 


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Technology Sourcebook

Snack food case sealer

Offering interchangeable tape and adhesive sealing, the A-B-C Model 436 case sealer is intended for snack manufacturers that ship products in a variety of packages including flexible bags, multipacks, cartons and rigid containers.
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Technology Sourcebook

Washdown shrink wrapper

Running both clear and print-registered films, the Polypack CLEARPRINT shrink wrapper features chemical-resistant, high-visibility stainless steel door panels and stainless steel washdown motors.


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Technology Sourcebook

Rotor/stator mixer

 Designed for ultra-high shear conditions and vigorous flow, the Ross PreMax batch-style rotor/stator mixer supports the high-speed production of fine dispersions and emulsions.  


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Technology Sourcebook

Temperature profiling package

 Developed for baked snack food producers, the Reading Thermal SCORPION 2 LITE temperature profiling package measures and monitors temperature levels in commercial ovens, cooling tunnels, freezers and dryers. 


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Technology Sourcebook

Sifter silicone seals

 Sifter Parts & Service silicone seals for the CS-1 sifter come in corner seal, plain seal, lip seal and tail seal versions.  


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Technology Sourcebook

Candy packaging machine

 The Theegarten-Pactec HCW4 packaging machine seals preformed candies in bottom-fold wrap; individual products that are not wrapped or spliced are rejected during full machine operation.  


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Technology Sourcebook

Ionizing bars

EXAIR electrically powered, long ionizing bars eliminate static electricity on paper, film and plastics up to 96-in. wide; a high concentration of positive and negative ions produces static decay, neutralizing any surface within 2 in. of the bars.
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Technology Sourcebook

Lead-free ball valves

 Viega ProPress Zero Lead ball valves are manufactured from a silicon-bronze alloy; they are forged and constructed with double stem seals. 


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Technology Sourcebook

Vertical lift

The MCE Gripper Elevator vertical lift firmly grips individual products to elevate or lower them.
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Technology Sourcebook

Case packer

Handling up to 180 products/min., the Bosch CCM 3100 case packer enables tool-less changeovers between vertical (standup) and horizontal (lay-flat) bag orientation.
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Technology Sourcebook

Cleanroom cabinet oven

 The Grieve No. 796 electrically heated 500°F cleanroom cabinet oven dries water from stainless steel and Teflon filter assemblies. 


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Technology Sourcebook

On-machine controller

 Able to be installed directly on-machine, the Rockwell Allen-Bradley Armor GuardLogix programmable automation controller is IP67, SIL 3, PL(e) and CAT 4 rated. 


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Technology Sourcebook

Air/gas flow meter

Used for plant burner-boiler control, the FCI ST75 air/gas flow meter measures fuel gas, process gas, inert gas, waste gases and air in line sizes ranging from 1/4 to 2 in.
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Technology Sourcebook

Integrated servo motor

Designed for battery-powered and low-voltage applications, the JVL MAC402 continuous, integrated servo motor has a supply range from 12 to 48VDC.
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Technology Sourcebook

Cheese block handling system

A complete turnkey solution, the Haden & Custance 40-lb. cheese block handling system de-cartons, de-bags and tracks inline up to 80,000 lb./hr.
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Technology Sourcebook

Robot tracks

 Güdel TrackMotion robot tracks have a closed, gusseted frame design that prevents the buildup of debris in the center of the tracks.  


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Technology Sourcebook

Bottom-injection system

Engineered for ground meat, poultry and seafood, the Linde ACCU-CHILL bottom-injection chilling system chills proteins from the bottom of mixers and blenders.
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Technology Sourcebook

Pneumatic-actuated ball valves

Available in brass or stainless steel, Clark Solutions 8P Series direct-mount, pneumatic-actuated ball valves come with 2- or 3-way configurations and in 1/4- to 4-in. pipe sizes.
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Technology Sourcebook

Vacuum mixers

 Weiler vacuum mixers handle any protein application, including beef, pork, mutton, poultry, veal and seafood.  


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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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