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Energy Risk Management in Food Manufacturing

December 16, 2013 3:54 pm | by Michael Overturf, CEO of ZF Energy Development | Articles | Comments

Energy productivity, the ratio between value-added shipments and total energy cost, is an important indicator for managers of processing companies. Like all operating indices, managers expect this to be at standard, or even continuously improve. How can this be done without increasing risk?

Chinese CEO Caught Stealing Monsanto And Pioneer Seed

December 13, 2013 11:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six men from China including the CEO of a seed corn subsidiary of a Chinese conglomerate have been charged with conspiring to steal patented seed corn from two of the nation's leading seed developers, prosecutors said Thursday.                  

Body Recovered After Silo Collapse

December 5, 2013 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Emergency crews have recovered the body of a feed mill worker who was buried Monday under tons of spilled corn at a collapsed grain silo, a fire chief said late Wednesday night.                        

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Planning Plant Sanitation

December 4, 2013 3:07 pm | by Victor Hayes Popovics, Owner, Ultimate Washer | Articles | Comments

Food processors know that keeping work areas clean is of paramount importance and eliminating hygiene issues is critical to the survival of their businesses. We’ve found the most effective cleaning technique is actually a process and can be broken down into three components.

Color-Coded Contamination Control

December 4, 2013 1:52 pm | by Daniel Peterson, Product Manager, Industrial Vacuum Division, Nilfisk-Advance, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Food safety hinges on identifying and reducing contamination risks at critical exchange points. Many food processors have found color-coded accessories practical and effective because color is easily communicated to crew members regardless of native language, and color schemes are more easily memorized than other systems. 

Sanitation By Isolation

December 4, 2013 1:46 pm | by Dr. Elis Owens, Senior Microbiologist & Chemist, Birko | Articles | Comments

Most processors are well aware of the need to thoroughly clean and sanitize their production spaces between each day’s production. However, it’s easy to overlook procedures that can be implemented to limit the entry of pathogens into the processing area during the production day.

MFA Oil Buys Failed Sweetner Factory

December 4, 2013 12:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

MFA Oil Co. plans to buy the 33-acre site in Moberly where Mamtek U.S. had planned to build an artificial sweetener plant before that company collapsed, MFA officials said.                                                  

Could Plastic Quick Connects Expand Your Design Options?

December 3, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ken Davis, Value Plastics, Inc., a Nordson Company | Articles | Comments

No longer just for medical equipment, plastic quick connectors have been integrated into laboratory instrumentation and industrial equipment, where the need for reliable, critical connections is paramount and ease of servicing vital to maintain production uptime and throughput.

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Recycling Snack Food Waste Into Energy & Fertilizer

December 3, 2013 11:31 am | by Heather Clancy, GreenBiz.Com | Blogs | Comments

As part of the zero-waste commitment for its manufacturing operation, PepsiCo's agriculture team in Turkey invested in anaerobic digestion technology several years ago to handle the organic waste created there.                        

Airlock Slide Rail System

December 3, 2013 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Bush & Wilton Easi-Clean Tapered Rotary Airlock is now offered with a Slide Rail System. 

Staying Ahead Of The Regulatory Game

December 2, 2013 1:31 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

As federal agencies keep an eye on consumer health, food and beverage manufacturers are working independently to make their products healthier, often well ahead of regulatory mandates. The FDA recently announced that it will require the food industry to phase out the use of trans fats. 

9 Dead After Factory Roof Collapse

November 26, 2013 11:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A roof collapse probably caused by a blizzard has killed nine people at a food processing factory in northeast China, state media and an official said Tuesday.                                       

Inline Solenoid Valve

November 26, 2013 10:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation has introduced a new low-cost inline solenoid valve, the Viking Lite Valve Series. 

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Heavy-Duty Grinder

November 25, 2013 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provisur Technologies Weiler introduces a line of heavy-duty grinders for meat grinding applications.

IN Food Plant Reopening Pushed Back

November 21, 2013 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A food-processing company has pushed back the date for restarting a closed factory in eastern Indiana where it plans to eventually have 400 workers.                                             

Wireless Vibration Sensors

November 21, 2013 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation is now offering wireless vibration sensors for paper and metal manufacturing, power plants, waste treatment plants, pumping stations, food and beverage packing facilities and many other industries that rely upon motor-driven equipment. 

Custom Dial Faces

November 21, 2013 10:17 am | Palmer Wahl | Product Releases | Comments

Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group announces its new custom dial face design and manufacturing service.

Custom Vanes, Rotors & End Plates for Rotary Pumps

November 20, 2013 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Metallized Carbon Corporation announces the availability of custom vanes, rotors and end plates for use in rotary vane pumps pumping both liquids and gases. 

Tasting Success: 2013's Top Food Manufacturing Innovators

November 14, 2013 2:36 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Click here to check out the top innovative food manufacturers that Food Manufacturing has covered this year. 

Point: The Cost Of Ethanol

November 12, 2013 11:28 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, MATT APUZZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

When President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country "stronger, cleaner and more secure." But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits.

Modular Chain Conveyor

November 11, 2013 2:12 pm | Dorner Mfg. Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The 2200 Series SmartFlex, from Dorner, is a flexible modular chain conveyor that can be configured to wrap around machinery and equipment in the packaging, food, medical and assembly industries.

Q3 Rise In Food, Medical Device And Pharmaceutical Recalls

November 11, 2013 1:49 pm | by ExpertRECALL Index | News | Comments

The third quarter marks highest number of reported incidents and injuries associated with the use of recalled children’s and infant products in the past five quarters. Food, medical device and pharmaceutical recalls are also up since last quarter.

NY Knish Factory Fire Leads To Nationwide Shortage

November 11, 2013 10:22 am | by FRANK ELTMAN, VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at a factory billed as the world's biggest maker of knishes has created distress nationwide for those who can't seem to find the Jewish treats anywhere. The factory promises an end to the knish crunch by Thanksgiving, which coincides with the start of Hanukkah.

Multiport Diaphragm Valve

November 6, 2013 12:11 pm | Burkert Fluid Control Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The compact, multiport double weir design of the Robolux multiport diaphragm valve provides for multiple flow paths while reducing contact surfaces and hold up volume. 

Electromagnetic Conveyors

November 5, 2013 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for the requirements of the food, packaging, chemical, pharmaceutical and plastics and rubber industries, Eriez VMC Series Electromagnetic Conveyors use a two-mass vibrating system powered by electromagnetic drives.

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