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Tech Update: CIP

To higher levels of lean and clean

When it comes to cleaning food production equipment, it wasn’t that long ago the only option was taking the equipment apart piece by piece, scrubbing and flushing it with chemicals and water inside and out before putting it back together again for the next run.


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Tech Update: A solution for all sizes

State-of-the-art size reduction equipment provides processors not only with high throughput, but improved food safety, sanitation, accuracy and value.
To appreciate how important food size reduction is to eating, you only need to think about what goes on in your own kitchen.


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Dairy Processing

Tech update: Dairy processing

In the US, fluid milk sales are flat, but Greek yogurt and other specialty markets are hot, which means a processor’s survival will depend upon having the right automation tools.


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Editor's Note

The perfect time for some good news

With the food and beverage industry facing so many challenges, from rising raw material costs and implementing more stringent food safety plans to GMO labeling legislation changes and workforce shortages, here’s some good news for a change.


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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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Maintenance Software

CMMS provides enhanced functionality

Maintenance staff can’t do their jobs if they spend more time on paperwork than maintenance.
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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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Tech Update: Meat & Poultry Processing

Employing energy savings as a competitive edge

Known for their heavy use of energy, the meat and poultry industries need to cut usage wherever they can.


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Tech Update - Pumps

Look before you leap into pump selection

While there may be more than one pump solution for a specific application, it pays to do some homework first to find the most efficient solution.

Increase efficiency. Improve product handling characteristics. Meter ingredients or cleaning chemicals more accurately. Cut maintenance time and downtime. Decrease energy usage.


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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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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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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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