FOOD MANUFACTURING GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • GTINs, Barcodes, and Blockchain: What’s The Future of Food Traceability?
    GTINs, Barcodes, and Blockchain: What’s The Future of Food Traceability?

    Two recent news stories involving recalls — one stirring controversy over romaine lettuce and one claiming that recalls move too slowly — have led to a renewed sense of urgency for food manufacturers to fully implement food traceability programs and improve recall readiness in the U.S

  • Modernized cGMPs To Hazard Analysis: The Backbone Of A Solid Food Safety Plan
    Modernized cGMPs To Hazard Analysis: The Backbone Of A Solid Food Safety Plan

    In my previous column, I described the first step to convert a HACCP plan into a preventive control food safety plan. Once you have addressed CGMPs and other key requisite programs (SSOPs, etc.), you are ready to start creating and implementing the actual food safety plan.

  • Food Packaging And Brand Protection: It’s Simple, Right?
    Food Packaging And Brand Protection: It’s Simple, Right?

    Everyone knows packaging is primarily about the product itself; protecting, presenting, and conveying it. But, what does packaging do for brand integrity? The answer is more complex than you may think.

  • New Product Development: The Challenges Of Decoding The Consumer Voice
    New Product Development: The Challenges Of Decoding The Consumer Voice

    In the food industry, the consumer’s voice is extremely important to keep in mind as new products and quality improvements are devised every day. We all strive for customer satisfaction, but the customer’s voice, documented through consumer surveys, complaint tracking, and social media, isn’t always satisfaction per se. To interpret the feedback and translate it into formulation changes and flavor concepts can be a skill in and of itself.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING WHITE PAPER

  • Cleaning Is A Must! Hygienic Food Production

    Cleaning is an absolute must if foodstuffs are to be produced hygienically.The highest priority here is afforded to avoiding the spread of germs and eliminating foreign particles. This white paper outlines ow proper cleaning reduces the downtime of your plant and systems, while protecting the consumer and your brand.

Hazardous Area Classification Considerations

Compressed air systems can be designed with safety and cost in mind for hazardous area specifications.

How FSMA Is Impacting Pet Food And Animal Feed

The melamine contamination of pet food in 2007 generated over 14,000 reports in the first four weeks after it was discovered. A salmonella outbreak in South Carolina led to a recall of 30,000 tons of dry dog and cat food after 47 people became sick after handling the contaminated food. Unlike safeguards in place to protect human food, there were no regulations governing most animal foods during those food safety events. Now, under FSMA, the FDA has a rule for preventive controls for food for animals going into effect in late summer 2015. How will this rule affect the industry?

Why X-Ray Systems For Checkweighing Is A Smart Choice

This white paper discusses the various merits of using inline checkweighing functionality within x-ray systems to help ensure consumers receive what's expected of a product.

Managing Change And Preparing The Organization For An ERP Solution

While most food business leaders understand that implementing new integrated business software is a significant technical challenge, many overlook the less tangible things that can stand in the way of success, like emotional resistance or cultural barriers to change.

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FOOD MANUFACTURING APPLICATION NOTES & CASE STUDIES

  • Metal Detectors Help Mariani Packing Company Deliver Contaminant-Free Dried Fruit Snacks

    To remain competitive in the demanding and highly-scrutinized food industry, Mariani Packing Company has established critical control points (CCP) throughout its five processing facilities. Its Wisconsin Rapids, WI facility needed double protection against any sort of metal particulate that might be found in loose and packaged dried cranberries before reaching customers. This case study shows how the company implemented metal detection technology in different stages of its processing lines to eliminate metal contamination.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Food Metal Detection Systems: Vistus Food Metal Detection Systems: Vistus

Vistus food metal detectors are capable of detecting both ferrous and non-ferrous metals and are specifically designed for the food industry. They can be supplied mounted on a belt or chain conveyor, allowing an easy and fast integration into your processing or packaging line.

Cloud Based ERP Software For Food Manufacturers Cloud Based ERP Software For Food Manufacturers

JustFood ERP software resides in the cloud. This allows food companies to take all the food specific functionality that JustFood is known for with them wherever they go. JustFood offers your business enhanced security, integration and mobility across any device.

ERP Software For Seafood Processing ERP Software For Seafood Processing

JustFood ERP software for seafood has been designed to help companies operate efficiently, comply with seafood safety regulations and grow their business. JustFood seafood customers are able to account for variable weight, set up safety audits and integrate pay grade rates into their purchasing module.

ERP Software For Poultry Manufacturers ERP Software For Poultry Manufacturers

JustFood ERP software for poultry processing and deconstruction has been designed to help companies operate efficiently, comply with food safety regulations and grow their business. JustFood poultry customers are able to account for variable weight and set up quality audits throughout deconstruction and processing.

ERP Software For Beverage Manufacturers ERP Software For Beverage Manufacturers

JustFood ERP software for beverages has been designed to help companies operate more efficiently, scale operations and comply with safety regulations. JustFood beverage customers are able to manage larger batches, monitor recipe performance and forecast future production needs.

 Pallet Scales For Food Manufacturing Pallet Scales For Food Manufacturing

Minebea Intec pallet scales includes galvanized and stainless steel versions covering a weighing range from 300 to 3,000 kg available with or without weights & measures approval. The pallet scales can be combined with any of our weighing terminals for a clear weight display.

Load Cells For Scales And Checkweighers: MP 72 Load Cells For Scales And Checkweighers: MP 72

It is specially designed for integration into bench top scales, counting scales and checkweighers.

Pancake Level Sensor For Weighing Of Food Manufacturing Silos And Tanks Pancake Level Sensor For Weighing Of Food Manufacturing Silos And Tanks

The PR 6251 fill-level sensor is specially designed for basic weighing of silos and horizontal tanks. It meets all requirements for years of trouble-free operation without adjustment. For use in EX zones 1, 2, 20, 21, 22 and DIV 1.

Compact Compression Load Cell: Tank / Hopper Weighing, Food Beverage Compact Compression Load Cell: Tank / Hopper Weighing, Food Beverage

Compression load cells from 30 kg to 10 t. Specially designed for tank and hopper weighing as well as basic dosing systems. For use in EX zones 1, 2, 20, 21, 22 and FM DIV 1.

Tension Load Cells For Food Manufacturing Weighing Applications Tension Load Cells For Food Manufacturing Weighing Applications

The PR 6246 range of load cells is specially designed for high-precision weighing of process vessels and for high-precision dosing. Due to the fact that the container is suspended, movements arising from mechanical or thermal expansion or contraction of the vessel or its supporting construction can be counterbalanced. The load cell is manufactured entirely from stainless steel. A particular design characteristic is the compact construction with a high overload range of up to 150% and the highest accuracy class of up to C6.

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FOOD INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • Getting Metal Out Of Chocolate
    Getting Metal Out Of Chocolate

    In chocolate manufacturing, metal from equipment wear can enter the product. Luckily, carefully-selected and well-placed Metal Detectors and Magnetic Separators will remove it before reaching consumers.

  • How Do You Check The Accuracy Of An Inline Checkweigher?
    How Do You Check The Accuracy Of An Inline Checkweigher?

    Automatic Inline Checkweighers have been part of our production lines for decades and it is estimated that in the UK alone there are 4.9 million products checked by inline checkweighers every minute. Despite this large number there is still widespread misunderstanding on how you should measure the accuracy of a checkweigher and even greater confusion on how to comply with the regulations.

  • Three Ways To Extract Value From IIoT In Food And Beverage
    Three Ways To Extract Value From IIoT In Food And Beverage

    The food and beverage industry is building up an appetite for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Cloud, mobility, big data, predictive maintenance, Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 are more than just buzzwords – they’re technologies and concepts being used today to improve quality and safety, reduce costs and increase recipe agility to remain competitive in the market.

  • 5 Strategies For Food ManufacturersTo Reduce Food Waste
    5 Strategies For Food ManufacturersTo Reduce Food Waste

    Each year, food manufacturers produce billions of pounds of food waste – most of which is avoidable or reusable under alternative circumstances. And while much noise has been made over the last few years in regards to curbing food waste, there’s still a lot to be done.

     

  • Getting Metal Out Of Grain And Cereals
    Getting Metal Out Of Grain And Cereals

    By the time grain and cereals have been collected and delivered to a Milling Plant, it is likely there is metal contamination present. Removing that metal to prevent damage to processing equipment and to produce the highest quality end-product is essential and achieved with a series of different designs of Magnetic Separators and Metal Detectors. This guide will illustrate methods and plant locations to help you remove metal from grains.

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