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Uncloaking The Food Industry

February 8, 2010 12:09 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor

Some American consumers seem to believe that a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with regard to the production of our food is the only thing that keeps Americans eating pre-packaged and processed foods—that if we were exposed to the real processes by which our food made it to the shelf, we’d all fork over the extra dollars and spend the extra hours required to cook fresh produce and free range meat.

Statement On 'Mercy For Animals' Video

February 8, 2010 12:04 pm

While the Animal Agriculture Alliance is disappointed by the images of alleged animal cruelty documented in an undercover video released in January by animal activist group Mercy for Animals (MFA), it is also dismayed that several news organizations have used footage from a single location to denounce the entire dairy industry as inhumane. The video depicts unsatisfactory conditions that are not representative of America's dairy families as a whole.

Waste Heat Recovery System Creates Electricity

February 8, 2010 5:24 am

Dresser-Rand Company recently designed and installed a complete waste heat recovery system at the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority (GNHWPCA).  The project included engineering, construction and testing of the waste heat boiler, steam turbine generator set and condenser, ducting and valves.

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Foreign Corporations Find Trouble In N. American Markets

February 8, 2010 5:23 am | by Jeff Klingberg, President & CEO, Fluid Power Technologies

A recent LinkedIn post asked for experiences from foreign national corporations who have had trouble introducing their products and services to the North American market. From our experience in this area, foreign national corporations typically encounter the following issues: Send a foreign national to open the operation just because someone believes there is a large untapped market in North America, but no research is done and no plan is formulated before coming.

Effective Cooling Of Process Control Panels

February 5, 2010 4:16 am | by Doug Wilson, Noren Products, Inc.

Over the past few decades, the use of sophisticated high density electronics within automation and process control panels has become commonplace. Thermal management and its related costs for these electronic enclosures are very important considerations in managing these valuable assets. Choosing the appropriate and most cost and energy efficient cooling solution from the many types available requires knowledge of their individual strengths and weaknesses, and the ability to match that to the operational environment.

Faster Is The New Fast

February 5, 2010 3:46 am | by Jim Carroll

I spend a huge amount of my time as a keynote speaker at countless conferences and events, many of them within and to the food, packaging, retail and restaurant sector. I also spend quite a bit of time with smaller, strategy-oriented leadership session designed around the theme of 'how to innovate in a high velocity economy.

How Modular Conveyors Can Reduce Costs

February 3, 2010 5:41 am

From the smallest manufacturing plant that employs manual methods to create their product to the most elaborately automated plant where conveyors dominate floor space, the majority of manufacturers have at least one conveyor in their plant. Whether it’s a single conveyor employed to take away product from a packaging machine, or the transportation system that connects all areas of a plant, conveyors, like the tires on a vehicle, are often the least thought about component in a processing line.

Meeting in the Middle... or Florida

February 3, 2010 5:39 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

It’s snowing right now in Wisconsin… big surprise. Two short weeks ago I was jacketless, touching down in Orlando, Florida, to attend the Grainger Total MRO Solutions event for customers and media. To be honest, I think I would have attended a convention where we skinned live, rabid rats, were it held in sunny, 75 degree Florida in the middle of January.

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Databases: The Perfect Complement to PLCs

February 2, 2010 6:34 am | by Steve Hechtman, President, Inductive Automation

PLCs? Okay, you’ve tackled PLCs and now you can program ‘em with one hand behind your back. So what’s next? What’s the next logical challenge? Think SQL and relational databases. Why? You’d be amazed the similarity. It’s the next logical progression. You might ask how it is they’re even related.

Circulating Fluidized Bed Power Technology

February 2, 2010 5:22 am | by Robert Giglio & Justin Wehrenberg, Foster Wheeler Power Group

Looking back over the last 150 years or so, it is not hard to see that electricity has been a primary force in shaping human development. It has been a basic ingredient in our industrial revolutions that simultaneously improved the productivity, working and living conditions within our farms, factories, hospitals, offices and homes.

Celebrating Spring Chickens

February 1, 2010 6:46 am | by Karen Langhauser, Editor-in-chief

We’ve just returned from the 2010 International Poultry Expo, know affectionately—though somewhat inaccurately—around FM headquarters as “the chicken show.” Attendance at this year’s expo jumped considerably from last January, suggesting that, perhaps, after some belt-tightening, food manufacturers may be in the beginning stages of reevaluating their budgets and preparing to buy new equipment again.

Increasing Heat Exchanger Performance

February 1, 2010 4:36 am | by Nwaoha Chikezie

Heat exchangers are typically employed in the process industries as a means of providing heat transfer between two streams of fluid across a medium. The heat exchanger ensures the conservation of heat energy otherwise known as heat economic operations. They are designed to foster contact between materials in a conduit network, with one material exchanging heat and the other material flowing within the network either counter-currently or co-currently.

Umm ... That Edible Food-Like Substance Really Hits The Spot

January 29, 2010 5:08 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Yesterday we ran a video in which author and “food activist” Michael Pollan offered some thoughts behind his book Food Rules . First, I’m going to admit that I haven’t read the book, so I’m solely going off of his remarks in the interview referenced above.

Get Attracted To Magnetic Safety

January 25, 2010 10:53 am | by Bill Dudenhoefer, Manager Separation Products, Eriez Manufacturing Company

Industrial strength magnetic separation equipment has been used in manufacturing facilities for decades. These magnetic separators remove unwanted ferrous metals from bulk products to improve product purity, protect sensitive processing equipment from damage, and prevent fires or explosions. While these separators have been widely used in industrial applications for many years, the past 10 to15 years have seen a marked increase in the general strength of these magnetic separators due to strong influences for safety in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Automation As An Investment

January 25, 2010 5:02 am | by Paul J. Galeski, Maverick Technologies

Today’s popular technologies, including manufacturing execution systems (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, are much more easily integrated, making it possible for manufacturing organizations to think about their operations holistically. When information flows across the boundaries of functional business silos, business processes become streamlined—eliminating waste of many kinds, reducing costs and driving efficiency throughout the enterprise.

IT—A Love & Hate Story

January 25, 2010 5:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

First, for those familiar with the work of Stephen King, the IT I mention here is not the terrifying Pennywise the clown, who haunted my dreams for about a week after seeing the movie IT that was based on the famous horror author’s novel. Rather, I’m talking about that equally wonderful and frustrating art of information technology—and the only time its impact ever seems to be really appreciated.

Sleuthing For Safety

January 25, 2010 4:45 am | by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor

Last week, while I was meandering around the web seeking interesting videos for Today In Food 's Thursday deployment, I came across a video that I found somewhat interesting. When the narrator—who looked to be about my age and was wearing a t-shirt from my favorite band—mentioned that he lived in a nearby town, I decided immediately that we were to be best friends for life.

Food Industry—We Have A Problem

January 25, 2010 4:43 am | by John G. Surak, American Society For Quality

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) conducted a survey on Food Safety (ASQ, 2009) revealing 93 percent of adults say food manufacturers, growers or suppliers should be held legally responsible when individuals are fatally sickened by tainted food. Other findings included:  61 percent of U.

Sensor Technology For Food And Beverages Control

January 22, 2010 10:18 am | by Doron Shalom, Dr. Lev Dayan and Prof. Shimon Shatzmiller

Sensors designed for the detection and identification of contaminants in food quality and food safety applications are used throughout the food manufacturing process. The detection sensors capabilities are often used "in-line" and are integrated directly into existing manufacturing lines or as part of "stand-alone" devices contained in rapid and portable detectors.

The Struggle Within, Helping Haiti

January 22, 2010 10:08 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Right now, it’s tough to find any news outlet not offering something relative to the tragedy encompassing the earthquake-devastated island nation of Haiti – my apologies to any of you that may have looked to this newsletter as an escape from that type of coverage.

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