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Processors Look to Refrigeration When Analyzing Energy Costs

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Opportunities abound to reduce a food plant’s energy load, but refrigeration is a logical place to start processors of frozen goods and other products.

Predictive Maintenance Is Coming to Food Manufacturing

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Data collection and analysis from a broader base of installed equipment should help both processors and their OEMs.

The Evolution of Industrial Automation in the Food and Beverage Industry

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Hard benefits long have provided the financial justification for plant automation projects. As information technology plays a larger role, food companies are groping for other ROI metrics.

Material Advances Provide a Better Way to Keep Pests out of Food Plants

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Chemicals and other remedies may be effective in temporarily resolving a food plant’s pest infestation, but the right materials for keeping critters out in the first place is a wiser approach.

Advanced Tooling And Vision Inspection Add Value To Robotic Machines

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3D vision and advanced tooling are expanding the functionality of robotic automation in food and beverage production. In the process, they’re altering the payback calculation.

Technology Reshapes Pest Control

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

Robots Add Safety and Flexibility for Manufacturers

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Great strides are occurring in machine vision, benefiting conventional sortation systems and the rapidly emerging collaborative robotics sector.

Advanced Software And Powerful Processors Drive In-Line Inspection Improvements

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The core technology is stable, but the capabilities and precision of automated inspection systems are expanding by leaps and bounds.

The Devil’s in the Details of New Good Manufacturing Practices Rules

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21 CFR 117 is must reading, not only for food safety but production efficiency and a tighter supply chain.

How to Create Food Safety Culture With Your Teams

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Technology can help, but best practices in food safety inevitably revolve around the people in the organization.

Technology on the Plant Floor: Proceed with Caution

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Industrial Ethernet and wireless communication offer great efficiency gains, but they also carry security baggage.

Worker Safety Goes Beyond Cost Avoidance to Include Productivity Improvements

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Plenty of penalties are meted out when on-the-job injuries occur, but beyond the penalties, there’s a real upside to a proactive approach that creates a safety culture.

Chemicals' Role In Pest Control Is Shrinking

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Infestations demand pesticides, but routine fumigation is becoming a thing of the past in food and beverage plants.

Pest Management Suffers when All Responsibilities and Involvement Are Outsourced

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While pest-control companies welcome full-service contracts with food plants, involvement of plant personnel is essential if outcomes are to be optimized.

When it Comes to Plant Automation, Smart Machines Mean Smarter Production

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Whether a food company is striving for smart factories or simply wants the agility to respond to new-product demands, automation can help.

Manufacturers Look to Super-Premium Processing to Keep Beverages Safe

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Technology is front and center as beverage processors respond to growing demand for fresh, minimally processed products.

2015 Manufacturing Trends Survey: Better Days Ahead

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Food production professionals entered 2015 with fewer questions and more answers about their companies’ and personal paths forward.

2015 Capital Spending Report: Expansion on the Menu

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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.

Food Processors Gravitate To New Conveyor Drive Options

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Multiple considerations and trade-offs are in play when food processors determine what kind of conveying technology is best for their operations.

Will ISO 55000 Work for U.S. Food Manufacturing?

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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.

Technology Drives Baking Advancements

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From robotics and extrusion to data analytics and new learning techniques, technical advancements are adding value in North American bakeries.

Processors Bring Energy In House

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Steam power and other plant utilities essentially bring energy generation in house. Optimizing their performance is a challenge in food and beverage.

Process Advancements In Meat, Poultry Drive Down Costs, Improve Outcomes

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Coextruded sausage casings and radiation therapy for hatching eggs exemplify advancements in animal protein processing.

New Nonthermal Processes Offer Multiple Advantages to Food Companies

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Food processing’s great paradox is thermal treatment, which preserves but also destroys food nutrients. Having the cake and eating it, too, is the goal of multiple technologies, chief among them HPP.

Tollers Expand Service Breadth To Meet Food Companies' Needs

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Instead of basic services only, tolling services are pushing into turnkey solutions for clients.

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