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Departments: Chillin’ Out
With heat playing a major role throughout food processing operations, the integral and profuse need for cooling systems finds at least one cooling tower in every plant. Whether applied directly to cooking process, refrigeration equipment, sterilization apparatus, pasteurization systems, equipment jacket coolers, heat exchangers or air compressors, protecting expensive process equipment and maintaining cooling fluids represent an indispensable adjunct of food processors. Without fail-safe and efficient...
Departments: Out with the Old…
A midwestern food processing company that has been in the business for 17 years processes fresh-cut produce and sells it to wholesale distributors. For 16 years, it used a controller that would no longer meet the demands of the growing business, and the company replaced it with a different unit.
Departments: The Video Advantage
While safety regulations and audit requirements at processing plants help ensure safe food, some plants are taking safety several steps further and enhancing their systems through remote video auditing (RVA).
Departments: The Human Factor
Today the challenges that food manufacturers face with regards to human resources (HR) is as diverse as the products they produce. A unique world within its own, human resources is much more than making sure that all of the Ts and Is are properly crossed and dotted on W-4 and I-9 forms.
Departments: Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out the TTIs
Storage time and temperature have historically been recognized for their effect on food quality. Perishable food products simply deteriorate more rapidly at higher temperatures. To minimize this loss of quality, it is crucial that food products be protected during storage and throughout the entire distribution path, commonly referred to as the cold chain.
Departments: Driving Value From RFID
Food manufacturers face growing challenges in maintaining a safe, secure and transparent supply chain. Today's supply chain environment has an increasing number of third party providers, principally in the warehousing and transportation areas, which enable manufacturers and packers to concentrate on their core competencies. While this creates efficiencies and is quite common in the industry, it also introduces many points of vulnerability across the supply chain. With the growing threat to food safety,...
Departments: Compliance Control
Food and beverage manufacturers must observe several broad-classes of compliance, with labeling perhaps being the most painful in terms of the number of errors and the impact on business. According to FDA, 51 percent of recent food and drug recalls were caused by a problem with the label, not with the product. Labeling has gotten more complicated in recent years as more federal and international requirements are added to an already long list of regulations. Most regulatory changes strive to balance the...
Departments: Certificates of Analysis Confirm Control
With shipments arriving daily at a factory's dock, who has time to argue with the supplier, even if their materials do not meet the manufacturer's specification? The only way to determine if the inbound materials meet the specification for each lot is by either testing the incoming materials or by reacting when a problem shows up at the end of the manufacturing line (or even worse, from a customer complaint). Certificates of analysis (COAs) hold the key to improving quality and productivity and focusing on...
Departments: Effective Supplier Programs
When shopping for big-ticket items such as autos, furniture, household appliances and electronics, any smart consumer will do some research before actually making a purchase. A shopper may spend endless hours seeking just the right items at the best prices because he or she has been “burned” by bad purchases in the past.
Departments: Business Diagnostics
This is the third in a series of articles about the business of industrial diagnostics as used in industries including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care products and water - the majority being microbiology tests, more than 90 percent. The first article, “Big Business in Little Bugs,” [Food Quality April/May 2004, pg. 22] reviewed the size of the 2003 industrial microbiology market. The second, “Industrial Diagnostics Duke-Out,” [Food Quality Aug/Sep 2004, pg. 28],...