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Fire Halts Operations at Cargill Beef Plant

December 24, 2013 3:52 pm | News | Comments

A fire has shut down operations at Cargill's beef packing plant in Dodge City. There were no injuries in the fire Monday night at the southwest Kansas facility, but 1,000 employees were evacuated. Flames damaged the roof in one part of the plant.

Food Industry Execs Shouldn’t Have to Swallow Excessive Work-Comp Costs

December 20, 2013 8:00 am | by Paul C. Johnson, CPCU, CWCA | Articles | Comments

For the food industry, risk is a multi-headed beast, often controlled by a virtual alphabet soup of regulatory entities — FDA, USDA, OSHA — all focused on safety. With so many regulatory waters to be navigated, failure to focus on worker safety can be extremely costly, both in terms of worker health and company finances.

LED Flood Light

December 20, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Magnalight EPLC2-LED-150W-RT Explosion Proof LED Flood Light provides an energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries.

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Sine Pumps Ideal Solution for Pumping Viscous Confectionary Products

December 13, 2013 12:00 pm | by Russell Merritt, Watson-Marlow Pump Group | Articles | Comments

The viscous nature of confectionary products like chocolate, caramel, fondant, thick cream, syrups and liquid sugar make them extremely challenging for pumping operations. Choosing the right pump is essential to avoid the costs associated with pump downtime and repair or replacement.

Energy Risk Management in Food Manufacturing

December 13, 2013 8:00 am | 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 food 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?

Hazardous Area LED Light Fixture

December 13, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The HAL-24-3L-LED-BMSW fixture is a 2 foot long, 3 lamp, UL listed Class 1 Division 2 Groups A, B, C and D hazardous area LED light that takes the reliability and efficiency of a fluorescent fixture and adds longer lamp life and efficiency.

Hygienic Cleaning Brushes

December 9, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

These innovative brushes and tools are designed to improve and raise the visibility of users' internal hygiene control, support HACCP compliance and make it easier to maintain hygiene regulations.

Brainstorm: Reducing Energy Costs (Part VI)

December 6, 2013 8:00 am | by Bob Van Antwerp, Senior Project Manager, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What steps can food manufacturers take to reduce energy costs in their facilities?

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Highly Flexible Thermocouple Cables

December 3, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Highly Flexible Thermocouple Cables are designed for continuous motion, tight routing, excessive temperatures (-65°C to +260°C) and extremely harsh environments.

Eye on Energy: Harnessing the Latest Energy Tracking Technology

December 2, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Energy usage continues to be a critical issue in the manufacturing sector, due to concerns over energy costs as well as the need to meet corporate sustainability requirements. But with advanced energy management technology, manufacturers more easily can meet their energy goals.

Light Bar

November 27, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDLB-24E-IR LED Light Bar offers high infrared light output and extreme durability for demanding operating conditions.

Lubrication System

November 25, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The INTELLILUBE® single-point lubrication system reliably dispenses pre-measured lubricant at a constant rate, avoiding damage from manually over and under filling.

Proposed Poultry Plant on Former Vlasic Pickle Site Draws Opposition in Del.

November 22, 2013 9:40 am | by RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Millsboro residents voiced opposition Thursday to a plan supported by Gov. Jack Markell and state economic development officials to convert a former pickle plant in Sussex County into a poultry processing plant. Pollution is a major concern for residents.

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Indiana Food Plant Reopening Pushed Back

November 21, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

A food-processing company says it has pushed back the date for restarting a closed factory in eastern Indiana. Sugar Creek Packing Co. officials say the delay comes because of changes in construction plans for a sewage treatment plant near Cambridge City.

LED Work Light

November 20, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

This two-foot-long hazardous location LED work light provides better performance and reliability than standard incandescent and fluorescent work lights.

Del Monte to Pay $1.2M Settlement in Worker Abuse Lawsuit

November 19, 2013 10:26 am | by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc. will pay $1.2 million to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit claiming Thai workers on Hawaii farms were subjected to uninhabitable housing, insufficient food, low wages and deportation threats, a federal agency said.

Wastewater Treatment System

November 18, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The DEMON® treatment system is designed for the removal of nitrogen from wastewater.

Asceptic Tank Cleaning Machine

November 15, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Designed with FDA-compliant materials, the Asceptic 8 provides efficient, effective and hygienic clean-in-place

High-Frequency SNAP I/O Modules

November 15, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The SNAP-AIRATE-HFi rate-input module and the SNAP-AOD-29-HFi module with pulse-width modulation (PWM) and time-proportional output (TPO) are designed for test engineers, technicians and others working with high-speed machinery.

Temperature & Humidity Data Loggers

November 14, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The TR-702 comes in two versions: The TR-702NW with integrated ethernet and the TR-702AW with wireless integrated 802.11 b/g wi-fi.

NSF H1-Registered Lubricants

November 13, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The ALLPLEX FMG Series of greases are multi-purpose, NSF H1-registered products for the food processing and beverage industries.

Five Things You May Not Know About Fall Pests

November 12, 2013 8:00 am | by Patrick T. Copps, MS, B.C.E., Technical Services Manager, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

It’s easy to forget about those unique situations in which unlikely insects and unlikely insect attractants can lead to increased pest activity. Specifically during the fall, there are a number of pest activity scenarios that can take facility managers by surprise.

Electronic Water Treatment Provides Clean Line for Food Production

November 5, 2013 11:00 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc. | Articles | Comments

U.S. food and drink producers spend billions of dollars each year in downtime, increased energy bills and the early renewal of capital equipment caused by hard water limescale blocking lines and leaving calcium carbonate deposits on water fed equipment.

Thermal Imaging Cameras

November 5, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The PREDATOR Series of Thermal Imaging Cameras is expanding to include nine extended temperature range models.

November Featured Products: Remote Monitoring and Instrumentation/Weighing

November 4, 2013 4:52 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Each month, Food Manufacturing highlights products in a featured category. This month, we are spotlighting remote monitoring and instrumention/weighing equipment.

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