Food Engineering

FE June 2014

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2014 June

In this June 2014 issue of Food Engineering, read why the right tools enable long-term success. Also read about how emerging technologies help manufacturer reduce food waste and energy costs while establishing "green" bona fides with consumers.

37th Annual Plant Construction Survey: Hygienic design for safe food

As FSMA gels, processors are concerned about safe food and plants while stepping up product output with the same energy inputs.


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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference 2014

Integrating leading edge-automation with operational excellence

Food and beverage companies are facing an increasingly competitive environment that demands familiarity with leading-edge automation and processing and packaging solutions.


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Food safety management systems

The right tools enable long-term success

HACCP can’t do it all. A food safety management system uses several tools to promote food safety and prevent recalls. After a recall, it may be too late to save your business.


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Green Series

Energy efficiency delivers powerful savings

Emerging technologies can help a manufacturer reduce food waste and energy costs while establishing “green” bona fides with consumers.


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Editor's Note

Attaining clarity in a complicated and demanding industry

As you know, finding the best ways to conduct business and achieve success in the food and beverage manufacturing industry can be very complicated.


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Food Safety

Killing two birds with one stone

A well-designed and implemented chemical purchasing, handling and storage program bolsters a company’s food safety and food defense programs.


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Food Packaging

Interpack 2014: Less, better, smarter

From the latest large-format digital printing to integrated packaging lines, the exhibition featured time-saving, energy-saving and environmentally friendly innovations.


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Regulatory Watch

Negotiations may help increased exports

The Obama Administration is winning praise from organizations that say Washington’s ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations may pave the way for increased exports


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Regulatory Watch

IDFA, NMPF oppose interstate sale of raw milk

Dairy producers and dairy processors have found another issue on which they agree.


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Regulatory Watch

Proposed legislation to set federal standard for labels on GM food

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, a trade group supporting genetically modified (GM) food, is voicing support for proposed legislation to set a federal standard for labels on GM food.


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Manufacturing News

Cheap energy—but for how long?

The lower price of natural gas has unfortunately caused some users to take short-term views of energy prices.


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Plant Openings: June 2014

Announcements about new food and beverage plant construction projects, plant renovations and plant expansions.


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Manufacturing News

Industry & People News: June 2014

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


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Letters

Letter to the Editor

May we suggest some additional points to your Editorial in the April issue of Food Engineering Magazine regarding FDA’s proposal to update the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) as well as the serving size revision proposal?


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Food Packaging

Automated filling system maximizes peanut processing

Productivity has increased by a factor of 15 at Golden Grove since the system was installed.


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Engineering R&D

A grain of sand, a whole lot of track and trace

Microscopic tags made of silicon dioxide (silica) can be mixed with many foods and liquids not only to trace the origin of contaminated meat, but also track and find potential fraudsters.


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Technology Sourcebook

Polyester lidding films

Toray LumiLid dual-ovenable polyester lidding films are FDA compliant for use with oven temperatures up to 400°F for 30 min.


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LED light fixture

Providing 12,000 lumens of high light, the Larson EPL-PT-150LED-RT 150W LED explosion-proof, pole-top, slip fit-mounted fixture features an adjustable swivel bracket constructed of 3/8-in. aluminum that allows over 180° of adjustment; it is attached to a slip fit yoke built to customer specifications.


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D-sub cable assemblies

L-com 90° angled D-sub cable assemblies are designed for enclosures, cabinets and other confined-space applications.


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Reciprocating conveyors

Wildeck vertical reciprocating conveyors incorporate an optional SafeLock free-fall braking system to prevent the accidental descent of the raised carriage.


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Resealable zippers

Elplast resealable EL-ZIP Color press-to-close zippers come in over 100 colors to complement package designs.


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Peelable lidding films

Amcor N-Gage high-barrier, peelable lidding films seal directly onto APET trays.


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Sensory feedback fastener

The Zip-Pak Fragrance-Zip sensory feedback fastener emits a customized aroma upon initial and subsequent openings of a flexible package.


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Dissolved oxygen meter

Developed for all sizes of breweries, the Hamilton Beverly portable dissolved oxygen meter has a DO sensor that eliminates the need for polarization prior to use.


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Carbon-graphite material

Metcar Grade M-133 self-lubricating carbon-graphite material is approved to the National Sanitation Foundation Standard NSF 51-2012 for materials used in the construction of commercial food equipment.


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Five-blade Fan

Featuring a 5-blade profile and airfoil shape, the Kelley WAVE HVLS fan produces a cylindrical column of air that flows down to the floor and outward in all directions, creating a horizontal floor jet that circulates air in large spaces before pulling it back vertically toward the blades.


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Bottle filler

The Dispense Works RP Series robotic bench top bottle/vial filler system requires no PC for operation; it provides all preprogrammed software functions for filling, capping, assembly, positioning, etc. Hundreds of files may be stored on the machine.


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Ultrasonic sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs Series IO ultrasonic sensors feature pushbutton programming for onsite sensor parameterization without any software; the parameters can be viewed and modified via an IO Link controller or PC.


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Flooring systems

Engineered for food and beverage facilities, Stonhard flooring systems are used in bottling rooms, filling lines, coolers, food preparation areas and mixing areas, as well as packaging and processing areas.


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NEMA 12 cabinet coolers

Resisting heat and dirty environments, EXAIR NEMA 12 cabinet cooler systems keep electrical enclosures cool with 20°F air. 


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Bag conveyor system

The Multi-Conveyor 2:1 mild steel-constructed  bag conveyor system merges over 100 products/min. from 2 lines into a single line to feed an automated case packing machine.


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Barrier shrink packaging

Used for fresh and processed meat, poultry, cheese and perishable foods, Krehalon barrier shrink packaging materials offer puncture and abrasion resistance, as well as oxygen, moisture and UV barrier properties, for standard, high-abuse and cook-in shrink bags.


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Auto-tensioning motor base

The Browning Tenso-set Series 600 horizontal sliding motor base for V-belt drives automatically maintains belt tension for extended periods; a coil spring inside the screw housing pushes against the carriage to maintain tension as the belt wears or seats itself further into the sheave groove.


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Code detection system

Automatically checking for the presence of an ink jet-printed code on every product, the Videojet code detection system is used for flat packaging with a white or light marking window.


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Polyester sheet

The OCTAL DPET direct-to-sheet polyester sheet is intended for high-volume food and consumer packaged products; it eliminates 5 stages of the conventional production process (pelletizer, SSP, compactor, dryer and extruder) to eliminate defects and resin contamination.


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Electric motors

Designed with a carbon brush mounted internally to divert shaft currents away from motor bearings, Baldor Super-E electric motors with a shaft grounding brush come in ratings of 1 through 50hp in totally enclosed fan-cooled or open drip-proof foot-mounted designs; 1/2 through 5hp C-face, foot-mounted designs also are available.


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Vacuum packaging machine

Measuring 18 x 18 x 8 1/2 in., the Hollymatic MAX 42-S table top vacuum packaging machine has an all-stainless steel design and individual components that are clearly visible and accessible.


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Straddle stacker

The Crown SX 3000-40 walkie straddle stacker has a 4,000-lb. maximum load capacity and a 192-in. maximum lift height. It features a cast aluminum design, maintenance-free battery pack and 30A, 120V onboard charger.


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Drying system

Compatible with glass, plastic and metal containers in all shapes and sizes, the Gebo Cermex OptiDry drying system features independently adjustable nozzle positioning to target airflows at a container’s neck, body or both.


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Patty flattener

Able to work in conjunction with all NuTEC hydraulic patty forming machines, the NuTEC all-hydraulic PF-700 flattener gives patties a more homemade or smashed appearance.


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Drive components

Meeting the IEEE 519 standard for preventing interference between electrical components, REO-USA liquid-cooled resistors and reactors dissipate and remove heat from variable frequency drives used in food processing and HVAC applications; they have “water pockets” and are encapsulated on a metal plate with integrated cooling channels.


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Cloud system

Transferring measurement data wirelessly from test tools to smartphones and the cloud, the Fluke Connect system allows universal team access from the field.


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Case sealer blades

Engineered to handle uniform or random-shaped and sized carton sealing, Hyde case sealer blades are used on semi- and fully automatic case sealing equipment and automatic taping machines.


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Motor with EtherCAT

Developed for dosing machines, pick and place and welding robots, and packaging, bottling and labeling machines, the Faulhaber intelligent motor for speed and position control includes EtherCAT communication.


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Batch frying system

Built for a variety of food products including chips, tacos and chimichangas, the FOODesign batch frying system has fuel-efficient combustion systems that ensure heat transfer without degradation of the cooking medium.


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Concrete patch kit

The Thermal-Chem TuffPatch UF concrete repair kit permanently repairs spalled and deteriorated concrete.


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Air-operated diaphragm pumps

Used for pumping liquids with very high viscosity, including those containing suspended solids, Clark CU15 Series miniature air-operated diaphragm pumps are suitable for applications with high humidity or potentially explosive atmospheres.


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Piston filling machine

Intended for horizontal vacuum formers, the Hinds-Bock 3P-32 piston filling machine handles a range of products, from thin sauces or marinades to viscous mash potatoes or deli salads.


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Brush DC motors

Portescap 22NT Athlonix brush DC miniature motors provide power up to 12.7W and continuous torque up to 16.6mNm.


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Thermocouple cables

Omega M12 cables with compensated connectors for thermocouples feature a straight and right-angled, field-mountable connector sensor end, compensated thermocouple cable, sockets and pins; 2 cable insulation options are available in IEC and ANSI color codes.


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Self-stacking spiral belts

A drop-in replacement for existing self-stacking spirals, Ashworth ExactaStack self-stacking belts are suitable for all self-stacking applications.


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Dry Products

Angle disintegrators

Corenco stainless steel angle disintegrators feature hinged covers typically mounted to a 30° angle base.


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Sanitary pipeline mixer

Providing inline processing and cleaning, the Greerco sanitary pipeline mixer features a skewed turbine/stator unit that operates at tight tolerances for continuous high-speed, high-shear processing to achieve product uniformity in applications involving homogenization, mixing, dispersion and emulsion. 


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Pellet fryer

The PPM star wheel pellet fryer is available in 3 sizes, with outputs from 220 to 1,200 lbs./hr.; the smallest model contains 23 gal. for a capacity up to 330 lbs./hr.


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Pan/dough probe

A fixed position, dough interface/core temperature measuring device, the Reading Pan+Dough probe is always at a fixed penetration depth to yield measurements at the same reference point, from 1 batch to the next. 


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Decentralized servo drive

The Siemens Sinamics S120M ready-to-connect decentralized motor with integrated drive offers the option of moving the motor inverter outside the control cabinet and directly onto the motor.


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Servo drives

Using predictive following error compensation, B&R ACOPOS servo drives feature repetitive control.


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Distributed servo drives

Kollmorgen AKD-N distributed servo drives connect to all types of Kollmorgen motor technologies.


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Reduced-emission fryer

The JBT reduced-emission Stein TFF-V THERMoFIN fryer has a hygienic, open-frame structure; an integrated exhaust scrubber reduces oil mist and particulate matter in the fryer exhaust.


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Vertical blender

Designed for vacuum operation up to 29.5 in. Hg, the Ross 1-cu.-ft. vertical blender has a screw agitator and orbital arm driven by 2 separate 100 and 2.5 rpm variable speed motors. 


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Pouch packaging machine

Engineered to integrate into secondary packaging systems, the Cloud Packaging Solutions Hydroforma SP water-soluble pouch packaging machine runs powder applications at up to 1,200 pouches/min. and liquid applications at a rate up to 700 pouches/min.


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Variable frequency drive

Combining traditional induction and permanent magnet motors in a single solution, the Mitsubishi A800 Series all-in-one variable frequency drive can be used in induction motors and next-generation interior permanent motors.


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Fluid-heated fryer

Used for frying coated and uncoated poultry, meat, seafood, vegetables and other prepared foods and snack products, the Heat and Control MasterTherm thermal fluid-heated fryer has a U-tube heat exchanger that heats cooking oil throughout the unit.


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Dry Products

Bulk bag discharging, weighing and feeding system

The Material Transfer bulk bag discharging, weighing and feeding system features stainless steel construction, an integral vibratory feeder/screener and loss-in-weight load cells for material batching.


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Dry Products

Sanitary filter receiver

The Coperion K-Tron sanitary filter receiver  automatically separates product material from conveyed air for vacuum and pressure conveying sanitary applications in batch and continuous processes.


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Dry Products

Hygienic dryer

The Bühler Aeroglide Ceres hygienic dryer for coated RTE cereal products features pitched floors and roofs, an integrated CIP system, continuous belt washing system and comprehensive water management system.


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Dry Products

Asynchronous deposited bag conveyor

The Multi-Conveyer 2:1 asynchronous deposited bag conveyor system merges over 100 products per minute from 2 lines into a single line to feed an automated case packing machine.


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Dry Products

Multiple screw feeder unloader

The Sodimate multiple screw feeder unloader features a vertical spindle fitted with flexible blades for the mechanical discharge of powders from silos, bins and hoppers.


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Dry Products

Servo-drive auger

The Spee-Dee Revolution Series servo-drive auger is suitable for filling applications that must be up and running quickly.


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Dry Products

5-blade fan

The Serco Advanced Technology for Environmental Control (ATEC) HVLS fan features a 5-blade profile.


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Dry Products

Vibrating probe level switch

The Aplus Finetek Sensor vibrating probe level switch provides level measurement for most materials in powder or bulk through the use of 2 piezoelectric elements built in on the vibration tube.


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Dry Products

Tubular drag conveyer

The Modern Process Equipment Chain-Vey tubular drag conveyor transports pet food products from raw ingedients to finished, ready-to-package goods.


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Dry Products

Tubular cable conveyers

Flexicon FLEXI-DISC tubular cable conveyors for fragile materials are integrated with upstream and/or downstream equipment that sources material from single or multiple locations and deliver it selectively to storage vessels, filling machines or other processing equipment.


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Dry Products

Portable powder blender

The Blendhub Portable Powder Blending Factory incorporates automatic liquid injection into the food powders blending process by developing a parallel module installed into the plant through connectors.


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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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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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