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Islands of automation are giving way to plant-wide (even enterprise-wide) efforts that yield performance analysis and front-office profit maximization.
Pat Huffman runs Warrell Corp. operations with a sweet tooth and the heart of a plant manager.
Environmental sustainability and its little brother, energy efficiency, drive many current plant renovations.
Computerized combination weighers remain a mainstay, piecing together profits by eliminating product give-away
Maintenance is moving from preventive to predictive mode with condition monitoring, maintenance system upgrades and the promise of easier integration.
For a new shelf-stable meals plant, Hormel will pursue green-building LEED certification. Well follow the plant throughout the process.
Partnering with others to make your product -- or theirs -- offers benefits to both partners.
Hirzel Canning reduces natural gas and electric costs with incremental, common-sense process improvements.
Adding a new line? The production room can be the highest-value piece of the company to boost efficiency and stretch the dollar.
Demand chills for synthetic refrigerants on the eve of a 2010 phase-out; Nestle leads the way to a cool, all-natural future.
Food processes promise greener processing, cleaner labels and higher-quality food
Maintenance software starts out as a generic tool, but can become a critical instrument for safety and compliance throughout the plant.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will mandate NEMA Premium and other efficiency bumps along with quicker payback.
Recent product recalls have pointed a liability-filled finger at problems with floors, drains, roofs and other physical pieces of the plant.
For 2009 Food Processing processor of the year, Nestle USA, it's all about creating long-term value for the bigger picture and serving customer and consumer needs.
It is do or die time for your business. From leaky roofs to corroded underground pipes, old plants are slow-motion accidents waiting to happen.
Amid recession, recalls and regulations, plants make strides to marry safety with efficiency gains.
Conveyor and robotic material handling answer the call for high productivity in challenging applications.
New equipment helps big brands make breakfast part of their balanced operations diet, as products trend fast, frozen and fully cooked.
Michael Antonorsi and other micro confectionery stars help the industry giants remain chocolatiers, not just candy factories.
The U.S. dairy industry is pasteurizing the life out of the milk supply, says one engineer turned 'dairy evangelist.' Could Snowville Creamery's minimal processing approach hold the key to reversing the white stuff's 30-year market decline?
After a 2008 outbreak of listeria killed 22 consumers, Maple Leaf Foods promised it would become a leader In food safety and would share any knowledge it had on the subject with other processors. In Part 3 of our series on food safety in the food processing industry, we talk about food safety ...
Lean times for frozen foods call for belt widening among other throughput and efficiency tweaks.
Optimism grows as managers predict a post-recession rebound. Safety interest continues to rise, followed by more attention to energy, labor and sourcing.
Twin-screw extruders are key as processors crank out better-for-you 'salty' snacks.