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The May 2014 issue of Food Engineering covers food safety and how to protect the food supply. Also covered: filling equipment and metal detection & x-ray equipment, ultra-efficient plants, and the refinement of H-1 lubricants.

Food Safety

Semper paratus! Food defense depends on it

“Always prepared” is good advice for protecting the food supply, and it’s the law.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition” is a line made famous by the Monty Python troupe.


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Green Series

Proper design creates ultra-efficient plant

ConAgra Lamb Weston used an integrated approach to deliver the first-ever LEED-Platinum frozen food processing facility.
By Jeffrey Yoders, Contributing Editor
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U S food processors face increasing energy-efficiency and sustainability demands from regulators, market competition and consumers interested in purchasing products from environmentally friendly companies.


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Lubricants

Special supplement on lubricants: Making the grade

Food-grade, NSF H1 lubes are tough and getting tougher, and better, all the time.
By Jaan Koel, Contributing Editor
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If it weren’t for lubricants, not much of anything would happen. Machines would seize up, cars would break down, and food production and—and safety—would come to a halt.


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Editor's Note

Food industry truth still under the microscope

By Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief
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B y the time many of you read this column, the documentary film “Fed Up” will have been screened in more than 20 American cities. If you haven’t heard about it, you will.


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Food Safety

Flooring: Do it right the first time

Perhaps the biggest failure for companies building new plants or modifying them is the choice of flooring.
By Richard F. Stier, Contributing Editor
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Murphy’s Law, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong,” is very applicable to the food processing industry.


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Field Reports

DIY: Automating a donut line

Mel-O-Cream Donuts designed a simple yet robust automated packaging and labeling line to replace a manual system.
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Founded in 1932 as a retail shop in Springfield, IL, Mel-O-Cream International manufactures bakery products, primarily for wholesale distribution to supermarkets and bakeries.


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Industry & People News : May 2014

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Brett Wood, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America, has been appointed to serve on the 2014-2015 manufacturers board of advisors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association and the MHI 2014-2015 board of governors.


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Plant Openings & Expansions : May 2014

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Amy’s Kitchen will invest nearly $100 million to build a new 500,000-sq.-ft. organic food manufacturing plant in Goshen, NY. The project is planned to be finished by the end of 2016.


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No change needed in daily sodium consumption levels?

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Meat processors are calling on federal regulators to revisit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for daily sodium consumption.


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AMI requests topics for 2015 IPPE

By Jeremy Gerrard
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The American Meat Institute is inviting its members to submit topics for possible sessions to be added as part of the 2015 International Production and Processing Expo.


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Engineering R&D

Making ammonia safer and more efficient in refrigeration applications

Borne out of necessity, new ammonia refrigeration technology uses 1 percent of the refrigerant quantity of previous systems and increases efficiency.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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Not all refrigerated food and beverage warehouses have the luxury of being located away from people in wide-open spaces next to an interstate and a railroad spur.


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Field Reports

Perfect frozen pizzas: It’s a wrap

Palermo’s new high-speed shrink wrapping line can side-seal 150 frozen pizzas per minute compared to the old sealing machine’s rate of 90 pizzas per minute.
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Based in Milwaukee, WI, Palermo’s Pizza was started by Sicilian immigrants Gaspare and Zina Fallucca who opened an Italian bakery on Milwaukee’s east side in 1964.


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Food Packaging

Home plate: Packaging reinvents typical lid and tray for ready-to-eat

Package is a far cry from the typical lid and tray common in the ready-meal category.
By Cindy Dubin
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Consumers have little time to prepare home-cooked meals anymore. And retailers have seized on this as an opportunity to do the cooking for them.


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Field Reports

Clean compressed air system is green, too

The last thing a processor needs is oil-contaminated food. Oil-free air compressors fill the bill while conserving energy.
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Kolak Snack Foods Ltd. is a leading UK manufacturer of crisps (potato chips) and snacks. Its brands include Kolak Diamond Crisps and Snacks and Dylans Hand Cooked Crisps.


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Food Packaging

Keep it fresh with hermetically sealed, airtight paperboard package

By Cindy Dubin
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Preserving freshness is the most important attribute for overall product satisfaction, followed by easy-to-carry and easy-to-reclose, according to MeadWestvaco (MWV) Corp.’s annual consumer satisfaction study.


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Food Packaging

Cultured pearls

By Cindy Dubin
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Stonyfield, an organic yogurt maker, is launching an organic frozen yogurt dessert in collaboration with Cambridge, MA-based WikiFoods, Inc.


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Food Safety

Food Safety Summit 2014 focuses on FSMA

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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More than 1,500 food safety professionals gathered at BNP Media’s 16th Annual Food Safety Summit (FSS) last month in Baltimore, MD to learn about the latest FSMA updates and how they will affect their companies’ businesses.


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Technology Sourcebook

Direct printing system

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Providing digital direct printing, the Krones DecoType printing system transforms a picture template into a printed image; variable data-like barcodes or best-before dates can also be integrated.


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Table top chain conveyor

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Used for product routing in wipedown sanitary applications, the Dorner AquaGard 7100 Series stainless steel table top chain conveyor can twist and turn into tight spaces; it also can be configured for inclines and declines up to 30°.


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Technology Sourcebook

Filling/portioning depositors

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NuTEC C-frame depositors are used to deposit fillings for stuffed sandwiches, quesadillas, calzones, sandwich wraps, cordon bleu, burritos, egg rolls, hamburgers, meat pies and stuffed seafood shells.


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Current-to-pressure transmitters

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Moore Industries IPH2/IPX2 current-to-pressure transmitters feature 22 direct and reverse output ranges.


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Single-axis drive/controllers

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Designed for electric actuators, Tolomatic ACS single-axis drive/controllers automatically configure all performance information about the actuator and motor system.


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Handheld-compatible meter

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The Sensorex SAM-1 Smart Aqua meter measures and records pH, ORP, conductivity and temperature values.


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Thin enclosures

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Constructed of stainless steel, Comark NEMA 4X thin client enclosures come with a 15-, 17- or 19-in. LCD and support most off-the-shelf thin clients.


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Oxygen permeation test

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Designed for food producers that need to test packaging structures for oxygen permeation, the MOCON OX-TRAN Model 2/22H system is suitable for all types of barrier materials. 


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Cellular gateway

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Offering secure connections to remote devices, the ProSoft ICX30-HWC industrial cellular gateway allows remote site access and communication to PLCs, RTUs, and other Ethernet and serial devices where WiFi may not be available.


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Technology Sourcebook

Batch feeder system

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The MULTI-FILL batch feeder system provides a metered, continuous, first in/first out flow of bulk products such as cooked pastas and rice, cut vegetables, fruits, meats and salads to the hopper of its volumetric cup filler; product can be fed with a post dumper, conveyor or chute from a second floor or high platform.


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Technology Sourcebook

Scraped surface heat exchanger

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The HRS-Rotex scraped surface heat exchanger has a multi-tube design that increases capacity per module.


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Vibratory conveyor

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The tna roflo 3 high-throw vibratory conveyor transfers sticky confectionery and difficult products through increased vertical motion; the conveyor incorporates a reaction base design, combined with an intelligent microprocessor.


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Mobile application

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The WAGO-WebVisu-App mobile application allows a smartphone or tablet to access equipment status, process data and production levels.


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Explosion-proof pressure transducers

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CSA approved for use in hazardous areas, Gems 31EP/32EP Series explosion-proof pressure transducers feature sputtered thin film-sensing technology, 17-4 PH stainless steel wetted parts and ASIC-controlled thermal compensation and signal conditioning.


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Technology Sourcebook

Vertical X-ray beam system

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Using a single vertical X-ray beam and high-sensitivity detector technology, the METTLER TOLEDO Safeline X33 series X-ray inspection system allows the integration of a low-power X-ray generator.


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Technology Sourcebook

Stretch film

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DUO PLAST DDK stretch film has a double edge that surrounds individual pallets for increased stability.


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Inspection software

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Cognex In-Sight Explorer 4.9 software offers a set of inspection tools and a communications suite featuring the iQ Sensor Solution network. 


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Metallized film

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A metallized, surface-printable monoweb solution, Jindal Metallyte MM688 OPP film has a broad seal range and operating window for high-speed horizontal form/fill/seal packaging.


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Shaft sealing ring

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The Freudenberg separable Radiamatic HTS II mixing shaft sealing ring consists of 4 segments and an O-ring. 


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X-ray metal detector

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Using image processing and multiple concurrent detection algorithms, the Raycon X-ray metal detector identifies a variety of metallic and non-metallic contaminants in packaged and unpackaged products; it also detects agglomerated, deformed, broken and missing items.


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Technology Sourcebook

Butter unwrapper system

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Designed for use with butter bulks entering a processing line, the SPX butter unwrapper system also can be utilized for a variety of other heavy packaged products. 


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Dual-energy X-ray system

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The Anritsu DualX X-ray inspection system utilizes 2 energy signals to distinguish between product and contaminants.


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Temperature controllers

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Omega CN38S series temperature controllers feature an input for a thermocouple, RTD and thermistor; a sensitive touch keypad; and programmable password protection. 


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Chamber belt machine

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Available in a variety of versions and configurations for the automatic packaging of products in film pouches, the MULTIVAC B 210 chamber belt machine has an electric chamber lid mechanism and an automatic transport conveyor in the chamber for conveying out the products; the height of the transport conveyor can be adjusted with the press of a button.


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Technology Sourcebook

Belt-driven optical sorters

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Engineered for potato processors, the Key Technology Sort-to-Grade feature is available for all belt-driven G6 optical sorters.


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12-piston depositor

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Continuously moving pans at high rates of speed, the Hinds-Bock 12-piston, orbital, all-servo-driven industrial depositor deposits flowable batters for muffins, cupcakes, cakes and cheesecakes, with or without particulates.


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Metal detector

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Made for food processing and packaging applications, the Eriez Xtreme metal detector features a user-friendly interface, full QWERTY keyboard, auto setup and dedicated reject log. 


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Automated identification unit

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Providing automated, secure identification, sorting and targeting of items, the CSB-Eyedentifier unit uses image analysis to check and enter the relevant details during the production and packing process.


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HEPA vacuum cleaner

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The EXAIR 110-gal. HEPA vacuum cleaner filters contaminants to HEPA requirements in accordance with IEST-RP-CC-007. 


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Refrigeration systems

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Featuring soft starting compressors, Advanced VSR40 and VSR99 refrigeration systems are intended for small to medium-sized, new or remodel projects with refrigeration requirements from 10 to 99hp. 


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Metal detector software

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Fortress FM software can be installed on all Fortress metal detectors; it can be field installed on Phantom and Stealth models. 


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Inverting filter centrifuges

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Heinkel HF & F inverting filter centrifuges feature an axially movable filter cloth that is inverted while under rotation to discharge the solids; the filter cloth is left free of residual heel while a totally enclosed, gas-tight system is maintained.


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Cylindrical ribbon blenders

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Available in sizes from 1/2- to 1,000-cu.-ft. working capacity, Ross Model 42C cylindrical ribbon blenders mix dry powders, wet granulations and paste-like materials with densities up to 100 lb./cu. ft. 


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Bulk bag filler

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Utilizing a cone table densification system, the Spiroflow CTE Cone Table Elite bulk bag filler fills 30 to 40+ bags/hr.


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Optical fruit sorter

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Engineered for fruit processors, the TOMRA Primus Gemini optical sorter sorts products through multiple inspection zones. 


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Evaporators

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Caloris Concentrix MVR evaporators evaporate up to 12,000 gal. of water per hour at an efficiency of up to 20 gal./kW. 


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Detectable rubber bands

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Detectamet detectable rubber bands can be identified and rejected by a detection system. 


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Inspection controllers

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Advantech AIIS-1240 and AIIS-1440 PoE and USB3 camera controllers are used with automated optical inspection devices for applications such as the inspection of packaging, labels, wafers and alignment. 


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Seal support vessel

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Engineered for food and beverage seal support systems, the AESSEAL EasyClean seal support vessel has a detachable lower section and quick-release clamp to simplify the inspection and cleaning of the unit. 


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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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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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