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Departments: Creating Standard Operating Procedures

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are the mainstay of any manufacturing operations, chemical, mining, automotive, etc., but for the purposes of this discussion, the focus will be on food operations. SOPs differ from cGMP’s (current Good Manufacturing Practices) in that one comprises detailed work instructions, and the other is a list of “do’s and don’ts.”

Departments: The Curtain of Containment

The number of people, who have to be alert to what foods they not only digest, but also often just come into contact with, is sizeable. Food allergies of some type affect about 2 percent of the adults in this country. If someone does not have to deal with this problem, chances are they have a member of their family who does. Nationwide, 8 percent of children need to be wary about what they put in their mouths.

Departments: Eat, Drink and Take Control

Manufacturers in many industries depend upon processes for combining, separating or identifying chemical and biological compounds. Makers of pharmaceuticals, foods, beverages, chemicals, plastics and agricultural products mix or blend multiple substances during their production processes. Producers of oils, gases, and environmental substances often separate chemicals to ensure the purity of their process outcome. Even the homeland security industry must identify chemical or biological compounds.

Departments: Picky Robots

Swiss chocolate manufacturer, Chocolat Frey, is benefiting from an investment in a high-speed robotic line that copes with 40 different packaging formats every day. The new Sigpack Systems line, which consists of eight Delta Robots, has reduced manual handling at Chocolat Frey’s Buchs factory by placing chocolates into blister packs, which are then loaded into cartons.

Departments: Conveyor System Doubles As Quick-Change Artist

With the profusion of regulations, microprocessor-based equipment, formulation, testing and other issues, the last thing that food packagers need to worry about is good old-fashioned material handling.

Departments: Incorporating Safety Into Plant Expansions

Completing a facility expansion in this day and age should involve more than simply ordering new machines and increasing the number of orders placed with suppliers. In today’s manufacturing environment, facility expansion plans also should include a careful evaluation of production methodologies, including a thorough analysis of safety processes and procedures.

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