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Q&A: Trapping Ethylene May Extend Shelf Life of Food

June 6, 2014 9:24 am | Articles | Comments

It’sFresh!, a company delivering solutions to enhance food freshness and reduce food waste, announced a new sustainability goal; the diversion of 10 million pounds of fruit from the waste-stream by 2015 as a result of its technology by trapping ethylene.

Hidden Video Released of Alleged Turkey Abuse at NC Butterball Facility

June 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Mercy For Animals | News | Comments

Butterball's hatchery in Raeford, N.C. processes more than 300,000 turkey poults per week. Mercy For Animals has turned over its underwater camera evidence to local law enforcement, which is currently considering criminal animal cruelty charges.

Coffee Production: How Too Many SKUs Can Drag Down Profits

May 30, 2014 8:45 am | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Strategic planning is especially critical for coffee producers to avoid this proliferation of SKUs. While you may not be able to anticipate all of your customers’ unique needs, your strategic plan can establish guidelines and processes to help manage requests. 


VIDEO: Millennials and Manufacturing

May 28, 2014 9:55 am | Videos | Comments

Did you know the average manufacturing worker earns over $77,000 annually? Young adults rated a manufacturer job only 5 out of 7 for career preferences, but over 80 percent of them believe that manufacturers are important to our standard of living. 

The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In such a fast-paced industry, it can be difficult to maintain accuracy. Automation can be very helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also be helpful in preventing costly mistakes, which can lead to product waste and recalls. 

Coding Unit for Bottle Serialization

May 22, 2014 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ACE-BT300 Coding & Verification Unit serializes bottles through its integrated system. The machine offers single-point adjustment for complete format changeovers. The multi-camera system helps verify 2D data matrices printed on each bottle.

High Meat Prices: A Breakdown

May 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

An associate professor at Kansas State University who's also an agricultural economist says beef and pork prices are at all-time highs — just in time for Memorial day. Still, consumers are still buying burgers and brats aplenty. He forecasts long-term prices too.

Growth & Profitability Solutions

May 13, 2014 3:02 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director of Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing at Infor | News | Comments

Over the last decade, many companies have been “making do” with what they had to in order to run their businesses. The stories of companies delaying capital investment and squeezing more years out of equipment than they were designed for have been told over and over again. More importantly, they have also continued to utilize outdated IT systems.


New Refrigerated Rail Service Connects Midwest, West Coast

May 12, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

The first refrigerated boxcar unit train connecting the Midwest and West Coast in over half a century could offer produce growers and meat and dairy producers the opportunity to distribute products more cost-effectively and within the same timeframes as trucking.

America’s Top 4 Forklift Manufacturers And What Makes Them Special

May 9, 2014 2:58 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange | Articles | Comments

Patriotism aside, there are plenty of reasons to buy an American-made forklift, foremost of which is the high standards American forklift manufacturers are held to.               

Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.

May/June 2014: M'm! M'm! Green

May 1, 2014 1:14 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Campbell Soup Company's Napoleon, Ohio, plant is one of the largest food manufacturing facilities in the United States. Natural gas, solar energy and a biodigestor help fuel the facility.

Optical Sorter for MOG Removal

April 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

VitiSort™ is an optical sorter for removing MOG from red wine grapes. The two-stage system combines a mechanical MOG removal shaker and optical sorting with an integral juice recovery system.


Bulk Pasteurization System

April 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Macrowave™ Pasteurization Systems are designed for batch or conveyorized applications for bagged or bulk product.

Metal Conveyor Belt

April 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

DURAFLEX® EDGE open metal conveyor belting is designed for dairy, meat, poultry and food manufacturers.

Sanitary Conveyors

April 9, 2014 9:37 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Sanitary Conveyors are designed with stainless steel construction and are built to food industry and plant specific needs.

Removable Retaining Walls for Conveying

April 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company has designed removable retaining walls for its DynaClean food conveying systems.

Fill Level Monitoring: Saving Money and Staying Safe

March 31, 2014 8:00 am | by John Terra | Articles | Comments

Fill level monitoring, an alternative to checkweighing inspection, is a stage of the manufacturing process in which packages are filled to the correct height, regardless of the type of container or contents, using thermal imaging, sensors  and X-rays to measure the proper level.

Mat-Style Conveyors

March 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Mat-Style Conveyors are designed for package and product handling versatility. They easily handle flexible packaging, plastic containers, cartons, cases and bundles.

Field Potato Sorter

March 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Field Potato Sorter (FPS) is a high-throughput optical sorter for unwashed potatoes, enabling processors and packer companies to lower labor and potato storage costs while raising product quality and yield.

Bulk Bag Filling Systems

March 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's 3-A, USDA-, FDA- and BISSC-compliant bulk bag filling systems are engineered, fabricated and constructed to speed inspections, simplify integration and ensure qualification for startup into food processing and packaging operations.

Stainless Steel Conveyor Belt

March 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The basic version of the TwenteFlex™ belt is completely manufactured from high quality stainless steel. A hybrid version manufactured from stainless steel and modules of Acetal (POM) is also available.

Batch Order Picking Work Station

March 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The UltraBatch™ dynamic batch order picking work station creates continuous automated batch picking operations that improve operator throughput up to 33% and accuracy levels to 99.99% or more in new and existing food processing fulfillment systems.

Bulk Bag Conditioning System

March 25, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Bulk bag conditioning system utilizes hydraulically actuated, twin heavy wall tubular steel pivoting conditioning arms.

Bulk Handling System

March 24, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Fully automated, self-contained bulk material handling system manages material from the from the introduction stage through discharge and conditioning to downstream supply of finished material into manufacturing operations.

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