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The Plant Floor Worker

Employee engagement: Creating a culture of operational excellence

Employee engagement supports plant safety, food safety and operational efficiency goals. Could your operation be doing more to create a culture of engagement?
By Shane O'Halloran
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It’s no secret that employee engagement boosts individual, team and overall operational performance.


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

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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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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Engineering R&D

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

By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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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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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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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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TECH FLASH

Food for thought: How can large food manufacturers fuel clean energy?

On average, 16 percent of raw materials are lost during food manufacturing.
By Shane O'Halloran
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We discuss the state of food waste mitigation efforts, and their benefits, in this Q&A with Shlomi Palas, CEO of Bluesphere Corporation.


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TECH FLASH

Conference Board of Canada unveils new food export growth plan

The goal is to move from the top 20 of net food exporting countries to the top five.
By Shane O'Halloran
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An ambitious new plan aims to accomplish that goal.


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Field reports

Microbrewery puts a new face on its flooring

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Equipment and chemicals are tough on bare cement, but a layer of polyurethane gives the floor a new life.
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Field reports

The tools to scale up the perfect batch

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 Lab-based, inline pasteurization system and hygienic filling/closing bench allow exotic beverage processor to experiment with small beverage quantities. 


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Field reports

Equipment track record justifies placement in new facility

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After a conveyor proved itself in an existing facility, choosing a unit for a new plant was a no-brainer.


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IMAGE GALLERIES

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2013

Images from Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Naples, Florida, April 14-17, 2013.

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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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BRANDPACKAGING Design Gallery Vol. 8

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$95.00

BRANDPACKAGING reviews 2010's most innovative packaging from around the world.

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EVENTS

Boost Productivity, Improve Safety with New Technology for Splicing Conveyor Belts

11/13/13
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

Available On-Demand Belted conveyors are critical to food processing operations. When they stop, your productivity stops. Fortunately, new belt splicing technologies enable you to take control of belt splicing...

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One Voice: Total Cost of Ownership of Processing and Packaging Equipment

12/11/13
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

Available On-Demand Learn about guidelines, definitions, and formulas from leading CPG and OEM's that define the industry norm for determining the Total Cost of Ownership of capital equipment.

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Efficiently Unload Food From Containers

1/21/14
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Food and personal care companies are continually challenged with unloading different thicknesses of food from a variety of container sizes and shapes, while maintaining strict sanitary standards. Food products can include...

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OEE Opportunity Calculator: On-line Feasibility tool for Production Line Improvement

3/27/14
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Presenters will provide attendees with OEE opportunity calculator details, live demonstration of actual cases, and FAQ's

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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo Day 1 Engineering Keynote Address: Driving Manufacturing Excellence

4/7/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand As food and beverage manufacturers strive for increased operational success in a highly competitive environment, they must focus on making improvements in processes, asset usage and staffing. Hear which innovation tools this world-class processor uses to achieve manufacturing excellence.

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The Emergence of Aseptic Packaging for Extended Shelf Life

4/29/14
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Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand In this webinar you will learn about aseptic packaging and why you would use it, the products and applications that are a good fit for aseptic processing and packaging, types of equipment available to produce aseptic products, and the benefits of aseptic packaging over more conventional hot fill or retort processing.

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Saving Energy Without Capital Investment

5/1/14
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Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Energy savings is a hot topic these days, and everywhere you turn, someone's got something for you to buy to improve energy efficiency in your plant. Yet there are practical things you can do right now, with minimal to no additional investment, that can yield big gains in energy efficiency...

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Fundamentals of Food Grade Grease

5/21/14
Online
United States
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Learn the requirements for food grade greases, differences between greases and other lubricant types, considerations for choosing a food grade grease, and best practices for grease storage and handling.

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Engaging the Manufacturing Workforce to Drive Business Improvement

7/31/14
Online!
Contact: Adam Thomas
AIOE’s Workforce Development Solutions Group will soon release its work product, “The Engagement Framework”. This is a robust resource tool that both CPGs and suppliers should find useful in their organizations. Attendees will learn of the key attributes of Engagement, and cases and lessons learned on how to apply these guiding lessons within your company. The value proposition is fundamental to business success in our industry: business performance, competitive globally, recruitment and retention. Read More

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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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FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
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Food Engineering

FE August 2014

2014 August

The August 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how your operation could be doing more to create a culture of employee engagement. Also, read more on how your business and insurance partners must know the basics of your business and its nuances as well.

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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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