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Pilot Plants Test Production and Products

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

Production Operations: How to Retrofit an Aging Plant

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Food processors are retrofitting aging facilities to get more out of their capital budgets. But heed these "rules of retro" before you bring your plant into the 21st century.

Renovate Today to Shorten Downtime Tomorrow

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Thorough planning, modern design tools and an instinct for the unexpected are key ingredients in your recipe for fast and efficient plant renovation and expansion.

New Places to Look for Energy Savings

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

Extreme Makeovers for Processing Plants

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

Automation Makes its Way Across the Plant Floor

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

2006 Processor of the Year: Kellogg Co.

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

Keeping Floors Hygienic Begins at Installation

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Keeping your plant floors hygienically clean is a process that begins at installation.

Designing Food Safety Into Your Plant

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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.

Food Processing's Deep Pool of Experts

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Food Processing has created a deep pool of experts for both [editors] and [readers] to draw upon, both in print and on the web.

Pests Are a Constant Challenge to Plant Hygiene

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They're not a regular part of plant clean-up chores, but pests are a constant challenge to plant hygiene and obviously are a critical component to keeping any plant truly hygienic.

Plant Procedures to Keep Allergens Out of Your Products

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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.

Adding Fiber and Whole Grains to Recipes

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Lots of formulations are adding fiber and whole grains to recipes. Don't let the R&D dept. gum up your machinery!

Training and Sustaining Your Workforce

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Automation, software and PLCs dictate the workforce requirements in the contemporary food plant, and processors everywhere are struggling to find workers with the skills to keep plants running smoothly.

Food Safety Plan Needs to Extend Beyond HACCP

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Food plants are fertile ground for product contamination from tiny microbes to terrorists. You need a plan that extends beyond HACCP.

Confessions of a Food Engineer

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

Plant Moisture Control

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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.

Tyson Plants Reflect 'Most Admired' Reputation

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Twice in the past three years, Tyson has topped the Fortune magazine list of "America’s Most Admired Companies." Nowhere is Tyson’s savvy more evident than in the operations of its 300-plus facilities in 26 states and 20 nations.

Next-Generation Manufacturing Models Taking Hold in Food Industry

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

Nanotechnology Edging into Food Processing

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Edging its way into the industry, however, is one technology that will certainly revolutionize our approach to nutrient delivery.

Traditional Manufacturing Values Keep Hormel Ahead of the Pack

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One of America’s oldest food processing firms continues to keep its eye on tomorrow. Its 26-year-old Austin, Minn., plant may be the largest in the world.

New Sanitation Technologies

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New and improved means of keeping your plant safe and clean - at lower cost.

Mass Production Meets Custom Manufacturing at Mars

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It’s a blend of new and déjà vu in Mars’ Hackettstown, N.J., plant, where the 21st century technology of My M&M’S meets the 24-hour production of an American icon.

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