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Robot Sales Fall in North America

New orders received by North American based robotics companies fell 38% in the first half of 2006, according to statistics released by Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

CT3 Measures Texture at a Fraction of the Cost

The CT3 Texture Analyzer is a powerful, low-cost, stand-alone instrument that features not only the traditional Compression Mode, but also the latest Tension Mode.

MRO Q&A: A Reasonable Figure for Maintenance Downtime

MRO Q&A is a Food Processing series addressing maintenance, repair and operational issues in food plants.

DV-M2 Industrial Dry Vacuum Provides Maximum Filtration

The DV-M2 industrial dry vacuum uses 21.53 square feet of filter material that is pulled and pleated into pockets, drastically increasing the surface area of the filter and providing maximum filtration of fine particles.

Atlas Copco Offers OIl-Free Air Compressors

Atlas Copco announces a new ISO 8573-1 Class 0 certificate for oil-free air compressors in the centrifugal, tooth, scroll and water-injected screw ranges.

Baldor Electric V*S Adjustable Speed Drive Provides Ultimate Control

The V*S Drive line includes two high-performance, adjustable-speed AC drives with powerful processors and advanced design features, three microdrive models offering a cost-effective solution for basic adjustable speed applications and a pump/fan drive designed to provide the control needed for ...

Breddo Likwifier Dissolves and Disperses Virtually Any Food Product

The Breddo Likwifier is designed to dissolve solids or semi-solids where time, temperature and complete hydration are important.

BT100 Series High Performance Roller Drive Offers Longer Operating Life

The BT100 Series is a high-performance, brush-type roller drive that provides a cost-effective, motorized-driven roller solution for light or intermittent duty warehouse or manufacturing material handling applications.

How to launch a new manufacturing line

Consulting engineers can be great allies in expanding or changing your process, but only you can impress on them the unique needs of your company and your plant.

Ecolink Allows Proactive Management of Carbon and Energy Footprint

Ecolink is an energy and carbon analytics platform that allows decision-makers to proactively manage their energy and carbon footprint.

Do European Standards Compare to 3-A?

Food processing plant experts answer your questions about U.S. and European hygienic standards.

Bring on the heat!

Cost, quality and safety concerns of food processors drive improvements in heat transfer systems.

Energy Costs Force Cooking Innovation

Energy costs are forcing innovations on the traditional cooking processes.

What Will We Do When R-22 is Phased Out?

How will the phasing out of R-22 impact your plant's refrigeration?

More Choices on Restaurant Menus in 2008

Name of the game for restaurant menus in 2008 – more choices

Food Processors Scramble to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Operating costs and the environment have food processors scrambling to reduce carbon emissions.

Predictive Maintenance Environment in Food Processing Plants Provides Early ...

Maintenance is moving from preventive to predictive mode with condition monitoring, maintenance system upgrades and the promise of easier integration.

Meat and poultry: Make it fast, keep it safe

Amid recession, recalls and regulations, plants make strides to marry safety with efficiency gains.

Pilot Plants Test Production and Products

Pilot plant facilities offer cost-effective opportunities to test the tools of production and new products in a real food manufacturing environment.

Shaft-Sealing Technology Ends Maintenance Problems at Ribbon Blender

Novel shaft-sealing technology solves a chocolate plant’s maintenance woes.

Extreme Makeovers for Processing Plants

Need to give your plant a facelift? Start with materials and designs that spell safety, cleanliness and a spankin’ new look.

Hormel Remains Solid in Year of Financial Chaos

In a year that ends with financial chaos, Hormel remains as solid as at any time in its 117-year-history.

Confessions of a Food Engineer

How the engineering function at food plants has changed: 'I don’t manage projects anymore; I manage the process of managing projects.'

Processors Leverage Automation to Speed Up Packaging Changeovers

Processors are leveraging automation to speed up changeovers and remain competitive in the face of new customer demands.

New Places to Look for Energy Savings

Lowering pressures, plugging air leaks and updating your motors can have a huge impact on your plant’s energy efficiency.

Risky Business - Counterfeit and Fake Parts

The savings can be short-term when replacing OEM parts and assemblies with ones of questionable origin.

Synthetic Refrigerant Demand Sinks

Demand chills for synthetic refrigerants on the eve of a 2010 phase-out; Nestle leads the way to a cool, all-natural future.

When Do I Need To Use Food-Grade Oils?

The second in a series of monthly columns addressing maintenance, repair and operational issues in food plants.

Mars Discusses Product Development Process

R&D, marketing and plant ops sift through a pipeline full of product ideas with supply chain playing a pivotal role.

Hormel Pursues Green-Building LEED Certification for Plant

For a new shelf-stable meals plant, Hormel will pursue green-building LEED certification. We’ll follow the plant throughout the process.

Supply Chain Pressures Cause for Conflict

Who’s managing whom? In a year of unprecedented pressures, our exclusive joint survey finds a tug of war between food processors

Top 10 Food Processing Articles from 2008

We wrote them. You viewed them. Here are the top 10 Food Processing articles from 2008.

Survey Shows Mixed Feelings on Outsourcing

Our joint survey on contracting-out production, R&D and other functions finds a lot of mixed feelings.

PMMI and FPSA Part Ways After Healthy Pack/Process Expo

PMMI and FPSA part ways, but not before a reasonably healthy Pack/Process Expo.

Designing Food Safety Into Your Plant

Don't make food safety an afterthought. Carefully planning the design and materials used in your plant can help insure the safety of your food production.

Contract Manufacturing and Packaging Gain Mind-Share

Contract manufacturing and contract packaging are gaining mind-share among food processors as their companies strive to improve operational efficiency, shorten time to market and improve cost control.

Plant Moisture Control

Once-ignored USDA requirements for condensation control are compelling processors to take a closer look at humidity problems. Also: tips on choosing between desiccant and mechanical dehumidifiers.

Food Plants of the Future: Not Bigger, Just Smarter

The next generation of food and beverage production facilities will be sanitary, flexible, more pleasant to work in and self-sustaining.

Downsizing Leaves Holes in Innovation and Engineering Talent

A decade of downsizing has sent former food industry innovators to engineering firms -- where anybody can hire them.

Why is our maintenance strategy so difficult?

MRO Q&A is a monthly problem-solving column for maintenance, repair and operational issues.

New Look Brings New Features

In November’s column, you learned FoodProcessing.com recently underwent a redesign. This month we turn our attention to the real meat and potatoes of the website: Topics and Resource Centers.

Bearing Isolators

Food processes promise greener processing, cleaner labels and higher-quality food

Processing Innovation is Alive and Well

Processing innovation is alive and well. We look at five technologies of tomorrow that are available today (or soon): supersonic processing, high-pressure sterilization, bioseparation, radio frequency heating and carbon dioxide extrusion.

Detecting Foreign Matter

Advances in detection technologies are helping to make the food supply safer than ever. Plus, these machines can do other things, as well.

Next-Generation Manufacturing Models Taking Hold in Food Industry

The food industry may not be ready for lights-out automation, but some next-generation manufacturing models are taking hold.

Hirzel Canning Reduces Energy Costs with Common-Sense Process Improvement

Hirzel Canning reduces natural gas and electric costs with incremental, common-sense process improvements.

What Processors are Doing to Improve Energy Management

Energy management suddenly has taken on grave importance. Read what Tyson, ConAgra, Publix and other processors are doing to reduce consumption and find alternatives.

How Worthwhile is Lube and Oil Analysis?

September's MRO Q&A answers your questions about lubrication and oil analysis in the food processing industry

2006 Pack, Process, and Converting Expos Share McCormick Place

Pack, Process and Converting Expos share McCormick Place Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

Advances In Packaging Deliver Fast Meals With Good Taste

Advances in microwavable and dual-ovenable packaging deliver meals fast and easy without surrendering taste or texture.

High Pressure Eliminates Need for Heat Sterilization

Food processes promise greener processing, cleaner labels and higher-quality food

Keeping the Metal Out of Food

Metal detectors are the final defense as Quali Tech blends flavors for food processors.

Mixing at the Speed of Sound

Food processes promise greener processing, cleaner labels and higher-quality food

Inspection Technologies Keep Quality High in Packaging Systems

X-ray, metal detection and vision technologies keep the quality in your packaging systems.

Are Capital Spending Fortunes Improving?

Several companies are placing big bets on the recovery by building 'world's largest' processing plants.

It's Time for Open RFID

The software industry had Linux. What will RFID users have to "open" up their systems? It's time to put enabling technology in the hands of the masses, argues Daniel Deavours.

MRO Strategies Mean Money in the Bank

Redundant purchasing and poor inventory management have cost companies millions of dollars for generations. Find mountains of savings in new and improved MRO management.

Last-Minute Production Problems with Dry Mix for Chili

When Brian Yager, corporate research chef for Archer Daniels Midland, set out to create an easy to use, versatile dry mix for chili, his team had to overcome a last-minute production problem.

Automation Makes its Way Across the Plant Floor

Slowly but surely, robotics, vision systems and information networks are working their way across the plant floor.

Plant Procedures to Keep Allergens Out of Your Products

An allergen in your product or processing area could prove tragic to company and consumer. These plant procedures can help keep your products true to their ingredient statements.

2006 Processor of the Year: Kellogg Co.

The $4.5 billion Keebler acquisition taught Kellogg lessons in manufacturing efficiency and to look to employees for ways to cut plant costs.

2008 Annual Manufacturing Survey: Safety Main Priority, But Green Catching Up

Food safety is still the chief concern of processors, but the ‘green’ trend shot up the charts too; 77 percent see growth this year.

Let's Put 2008 Behind Us

I’m putting this dismal year behind me and planning for a busy and prosperous 2009.

Packaging Improvements Occur When Film Suppliers And Machine Builders ...

Collaborations between film suppliers and machine builders are delivering form/fill/seal systems that produce food containers with improved seal integrity and other benefits.

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.

Conveyor selection: It's all about throughput

Speed alone kills; maximum throughput for your line must acknowledge buffers and accumulators.

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