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  • 2015 Capital Spending Report: Expansion on the Menu

    Companies with products in tune with today’s food trends and demands are investing a lot of capital. Our annual analysis predicts an 8 percent increase in capital spending this year.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    04/07/2015
  • Industrial Microwave Technology Inches Toward Mainstream

    For 30 years, microwave technology has been relegated to niche applications in food processing. That is changing as the technology tackles some of the most challenging production challenges.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    03/09/2015
  • Forklift Systems Get a Lift

    Whether refrigerated or ambient, food handling facilities steadily are improving their efficiency profiles. Forklift systems are a case in point.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    02/09/2015
  • Food Safety and Sanitation Undergo a Big Freeze

    Cold temperatures arrest cellular activity for every pathogen except one, making Listeria Production Enemy No. 1 in frozen food manufacturing.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    01/14/2015
  • 2015 Manufacturing Trends Survey: Better Days Ahead

    With the worst of the Great Recession behind them, food production professionals entered the New Year with fewer questions and more answers about their companies’ and personal paths forward.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    01/07/2015
  • 'Local' Can Mean Manufacturing, Too

    An uptick of start-up food companies is occurring to serve consumers' growing belief that small is beautiful.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    12/02/2014
  • Will ISO 55000 Work for U.S. Food Manufacturing?

    Work-order prioritization occurs in every plant. A new asset-management approach promises to add value and risk assessment to the calculation of what gets done and when.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    11/10/2014
  • Line Integration Made Easy

    ISA standard PackML is slowing taking hold; networked safety may be the next frontier.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    10/31/2014
  • A New-Age of Protein Processing

    Cooking may be an art, but meat and poultry processing is necessarily a science. Fortunately for food companies, there’s a support network that’s advancing the science.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    10/07/2014
  • Technology Reshapes Pest Control

    Electronic hardware and better data management is liberating service technicians to devise more effective remediation strategies by freeing them from mundane chores.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    09/15/2014
  • Diversified Power Portfolios

    Food companies aren't immune from price elasticity for energy, but they can seize new energy opportunities to better control cost and availability.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    09/10/2014
  • Are Food Processors in Audit Overload?

    Tougher and more stringent independent audits are an important tool in upgrading food-safety systems worldwide, but they are no panacea for the issues industry faces.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    08/13/2014
  • Optimizing Plant Efficiency: Precision Changeovers

    Shorter production runs and more-frequent machine changeovers drive down overall equipment effectiveness, a problem addressed with a precision measurement tool for high-speed machines.

    Kevin T. Higgins, Managing Editor
    08/13/2014
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