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Engineering R&D

Surface appeal: Novel antimicrobial for direct food contact

Novel antimicrobial quickly neutralizes broad range of pathogens on food contact surfaces; now takes aim at direct food contact.

 Chlorine- and ammonia-based disinfectants and sanitizers are typically used as interventions or rinses to eliminate dangerous bacteria, fungi, viruses and foodborne pathogens on food preparation and food processing areas. 


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X-ray's double take on inspection detection

Dual energy X-ray systems bring value added detection features to identify missing product, damaged product, dented or altered packaging and presence of a premium item.
Conventional single-energy X-ray inspection technology has been established as a reliable tool in detecting contaminants like stainless steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, calcified bone, mineral stone and high-density plastics and rubber.
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UV gets ‘green’ light for disinfecting liquids

The process, developed specifically to deliver food-grade solutions for ingestible liquids and ingredients, treats turbid as well as clear liquids.

 A low-maintenance, non-fouling, self-cleaning beverage processing system has many benefits. 


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Monitoring the air in beer

Optical sensing of dissolved oxygen in brewing applications is being presented as a more precise, lower-maintenance alternative to long-established amperometric technology
To ensure the best product quality, taste and shelf life, the amount of dissolved oxygen must be minimized.


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Engineering R &D: Higher efficiency, lower cost with transformerless drives

Years of collaborative research by Canadian engineers went into development of what they term active front-end technology, an advancement that is transforming medium-voltage AC drives.
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EO water sanitizes food surfaces and food itself.
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Engineering R and D: Engineers mine brown energy

Plant-level controls drive an advanced anaerobic digestive system that addresses both waste disposal and energy needs for major food processors and livestock operators.
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Engineering R and D: New sorting capability

Machine vision is an essential element of JBT FoodTech’s water-jet portioning machines, and the analytical capabilities of optimized value sorting can help processors achieve even higher portioning profits.


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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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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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