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TECH FLASH

Terminals eliminate need for PCs

With so much equipment to clean, maintain and repair, Superior Farms eliminated all PCs from its processing facilities.

IP69K-protected IND780-controlled scales communicate with the company’s ERP system without using a PC.  


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New freezer technology creates quick-frozen produce

The system drops freezing time from 10 to 15 minutes down to a mere seven minutes and provides quick energy savings.
Established in 1919, Smith Frozen Foods processes private-label frozen vegetables including peas, corn, carrots, lima beans and garbanzo beans.


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Stretch/shrink wrapping without the twist

A German winery finds a better way to stabilize pallets for highway shipping.
Headquartered in Freyburg at the Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt, the Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH winery has a 50 percent market share of bottled sparkling wine in Germany.


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Stop the guesswork

Software helps a processor get weights and quality right the first time—from the plant floor to the corporate office.
Michael Foods, Inc. is a multinational producer and distributor of egg products and refrigerated potato products, as well as a distributor of cheese and other dairy-case products for the foodservice, retail and food-ingredient markets.


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Robots have just the right touch

These robots pack deli meats faster than humans—and they check packages for vacuum leaks before they’re boxed.
For people who grew up in the Philadelphia area in the last 50 years, Dietz & Watson is practically a household name.


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Beer brewing company brews steam in minutes

This craft brewer chose efficient state-of-the-art boilers that produce steam and hot water on demand, saving energy.
Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, CT makes an array of year-round and seasonal beers, including Road 2 Ruin, Workers Comp Saison, Igor’s Dream and No Limits Hefeweizen.


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Put a chill on flour, and waste

Using cryogenics to cool flour in the mixing process allows this bakery to cut waste and boost quality.
Founded as a neighborhood bakery in 1943, Coles Quality Foods, Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI became synonymous with frozen garlic bread when it established the category in the 1970s.


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Brewery minimizes downtime with controls update

Two obsolete PLCs were replaced by a modern controller while the original I/O was kept, thanks to a new control network gateway.
Whether it’s football in the US or rugby in Great Britain, the two sports have one thing in common: Many of their spectators like beer.


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PRODUCTS

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Package Design Workbook: The Art and Science of Successful Packaging

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$39.00

The book will address all aspects of the creative process including choosing a package format, colors and materials, final finishes, and special considerations such as awkward objects and unique display conderations.

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Packaging Research in Food Product Design and Development

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$215.99

Packaging Research in Food Product Design and Development is the first book to comprehensively address the issues of graphics design and visual concepts, from a systematic, scientific viewpoint, yet with business applications in mind.

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Interdisciplinary Food Safety Research

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$176.95

This book encourages comprehensive research by recognizing significant early efforts and considers a range of food safety problems, research techniques, and solutions.

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Cleaning-in-Place: Dairy, Food and Beverage Operations, 3rd Edition

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$237.55

The book addresses the principles of cleaning operations, water supply issues and the science of detergents and disinfectants.

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The NEW Launch Plan: 152 Tips, Tactics and Trends from the Most Memorable New Products

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Building on eight years of knowledge and data compiled from Schneider's Most Memorable New Product Launch Survey (MMNPL), The NEW Launch Plan: 152 Tips, Tactics and Trends from the Most Memorable New Products, examines successful launch strategies and tactics used by top tier consumer product companies.

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IPPE 2015

The 2015 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) was held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, Jan. 27-29. More than 30,000 poultry, meat and feed industry representatives attended the event to interact with the 1,288 exhibitors on the show floor that covered more than 490,000 net square feet. At the show exhibitors demonstrated innovations in equipment, supplies and services utilized by firm in the production and processing of meat, poultry, eggs and feed products.

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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Food Engineering

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2015 March

In this March 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how a surprise FDA audit could be serious if you're not recording key data.

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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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