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Machine Harvesting May Increase Apple Supply For Hard Cider Market

December 8, 2014 12:50 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Cider, or "hard cider" as it is typically known in the United States, is experiencing a real revival. The fermented apple juice is the fastest growing alcohol market segment in the U.S., boasting a 54 percent increase in production annually from 2007 to 2012. 

70' Long Shuttle Conveyor

December 8, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This stainless steel constructed plastic belt conveyor is designed for accumulating flat or low-in-height products. This particular product was designed for raw foods but the concept can be used for many applications. 

CentriFlow Meter: Gravimetric Solids Flow Meter

December 5, 2014 7:45 am | Eastern Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The mass flow metering device is for measuring almost any dry solid and is perfect for applications involving weighing, mixing, blending, batching and ratio-control. 

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VIDEO: Looking Back at Food Science Achievements

December 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by IFTlive | News | Comments

The IFT travels back in time to showcase the most riveting achievements the food industry has seen. Looking ahead, the general public will be able to completely customize their products. From 3D printing to biotechnology, consumers are in for a treat in the years to come.

Low Maintenance Cooling Simplified

December 4, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The company's new Pivot Clean design allows the end user easier access to the external heat sink fins for cleaning. Across industries, thermoelectric coolers are a low maintenance choice for remote and hard to access areas.

Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 3

December 3, 2014 12:10 pm | by Arlan Purdy, Product Manager, The Raymond Corporation | Articles | Comments

The Brainstrorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry. In the final installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

Compressed Air Filters

December 3, 2014 10:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

These filters remove 99.9999+% 0.01 microns of oil, water, rust, bacteria, and other viable organisms from compressed air and other gases that can affect the taste, appearance, and shelf life of food product.

VIDEO: Pack Expo Top 10

December 2, 2014 1:00 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo. We look at smart conveyors, fog computing, friendly robots, the Food Safety Modernization Act, the skills gap, the omnipresent Internet of Things, and other exciting ideas and products.

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Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: How will the continuous and future integration of ... 

Improving State Consumer Protection Acts

December 1, 2014 10:29 am | by Tiger Joyce | Articles | Comments

In recent years, there have been hundreds of often preposterous consumer class action lawsuits that frequently target both food producers and sellers across the country. Recognizing the potential for litigious mischief, Congress purposely limited enforcement of the law to its newly created FTC.

PRODUCT VIDEO: 2-1 Merge Conveyor

December 1, 2014 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The system is designed to maintain bag registration, with calculated speed-to-length ratios necessary for proper product stagger at the merge. 

Barcode Reader Performance-Monitoring System

December 1, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The RTM is a server-based product that connects to a network of DataMan readers and regularly pulls read rate information as well as images from packages.

Sanitary Bulk Bag Filler With Metal Detection

November 26, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This stainless steel, sanitary Bulk Bag Filler is equipped with an integral metal detector/separator that detects metal in the free-fall stream of material entering the filler, and then ejects it through a chute that discharges into a removable drum at the rear of the unit. 

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Finding Hygienic Designs that Work for Equipment Starts With One Voice

November 25, 2014 2:20 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence recently released “One Voice for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods.” The guidance document establishes a framework, including risk assessment, to determine equipment design for wet- and dry-clean environments. 

Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 2

November 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

The Brainstrorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry. In the second installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

Handheld Readers For Traceability

November 25, 2014 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The DataMan 8600 Series of handheld direct part mark (DPM) barcode readers provide unparalleled barcode reading performance for manufacturers implementing part traceability programs.   

Digital Label Printing Press

November 24, 2014 8:03 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The CDT 3600 Series is the newest digital print system to join the Production class family. The printer is a full-featured process color digital label and tag production system with an enhanced precision web handling system, powered by Memjet technology. 

PRODUCT VIDEO: Flexible Chain Conveyor

November 24, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Customers in the packaging and food industries know it's smart to have their equipment be flexible. The new 2200 SmartFlex is the newest flexible chain conveyor platform that provides maximum flexibility.

Wrap-Around Case Packer

November 21, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The SetLine Wrap-around Packer is a multi-functional, versatile end-of-line packaging system that enables a wide variety of packaging solutions for a variety of products. 

Compatible Bore Sizes

November 21, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

These gearmotors are compact in size, energy efficient and sealed for life. Additionally, each model comes with a long-lasting protective paint coating whose electrostatic application assures a consistently tough, chemically-resistant coating designed to withstand especially harsh production environments. 

Research Reveals Promise For Expanding Hard Cider Industry

November 20, 2014 2:25 pm | by Hort Technology | News | Comments

Hard cider consumption is trending steeply upward in the region surrounding food-conscious Seattle, and Washington is part of the nation’s hard cider revival. The amount of cider produced in the state tripled between 2007 and 2012.     

Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturers in recent years have put off acquiring new equipment and technology so they could conserve cash in preparation for the next economic curve ball. When it comes to the benefits of leasing equipment in the fourth quarter, there are still good reasons to acquire equipment before the year ends.

Vacuum Conveyor

November 20, 2014 8:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This belt conveyor really does suck... and that's a good thing! The company's 2200 Series Vacuum Conveyor is perfect for securing parts in transit on an incline conveyor or for critical applications such as inspection, assembly and accurate feeding.

Bulk Bag Material Conditioner

November 20, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Discharging bulk bags containing material that has solidified, hardened, or agglomerated can cause serious operational bottlenecks. Conditioning and emptying bulk bags can be dangerous if the proper equipment is not utilized. 

Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Articles | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

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