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USDA Appendices Updates, Straight from AAMP

Posted by Ray Humienny on Sep 3, 2019 7:46:00 AM

When the USDA says that they’re moving toward a science-based approach for Appendices A&B revisions, you might think to yourself, “well, what the heck were we doing all this time?”

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Topics: News, Food Manufacturing, Food Plant Engineering blog, Manufacturing, FPE, Food industry

5S Sanitation for Food Plants

Posted by Ray Humienny on Jul 15, 2019 7:37:00 AM

Lean sanitation is more than just equipment hygiene; 5S, a five-step sanitation procedure, is intended to treat your plant’s work space as a second home through common housekeeping etiquette.

If you’re managing a food plant, nothing is more important than trusting that your product is safe and that your facility is regularly washed. Consumers expect safe food, and a clean facility is necessary for a consistently safe product.

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Topics: News, FPE, Food industry, 5S, CIP, Cleaning, Sanitation, Process flow, Facility hygiene

Three Facility Fixes that Fail … and how to make things right

Posted by Jen Redmond on Jun 26, 2019 11:48:47 AM

FPE project managers explain common pitfalls and provide alternative solutions to help maintain food safety in your facility.

The good. The bad. And the ugly. If you’ve been through enough food processing facilities, you’ve seen it all. And we have. We’ve witnessed quick (albeit creative) fixes for dripping ceilings, peeling floors and unwanted air movement that are at best temporary and, in many cases, glaringly responsible for long-term problems.

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Topics: News, Food Plant Engineering blog, FPE, Facility hygiene, Condensation, Flooring, Heat and moisture, Make-up air

Blockchain for the business-minded: Food Trust is just the beginning

Posted by Ray Humienny on May 14, 2019 11:53:00 AM
IBM Food Trust is designed to improve product traceability from farm to fork, but its most publicized applications have come from partnerships with big names like Walmart and Tyson. What about the rest of us stuck at “Blockchain for Businesses 101?” What can Food Trust do for smaller processors?

Chances are that this isn’t your only tab open about blockchain. If it is, open at least two more.

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Topics: Blockchain, FA&M, Food Automation & Manufacturing, Digital ledger, IBM Food Trust, Food Manufacturing, Cloud computing, Transparency, Traceability, Food Plant Engineering blog, Food Automation

Manufacturing Interest v. an Interest in Manufacturing: Attracting and Maintaining a Dynamic Workforce

Posted by Ray Humienny on May 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM
For manufacturing sectors like the food industry, now’s the time to capitalize on impending job vacancies and educate a new generation and current employees on automation.

The food industry is the oasis in a manufacturing desert. As fewer sectors have reported job growth within the past year, food manufacturing has seen a boost in opportunity with one (slight) issue: we’ve got the jobs but not the people to fill them.

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Topics: Food Automation & Manufacturing, Food Plant Engineering blog, Food Automation, Manufacturing, Labor statistics, Baby boomer labor, Automation, Skilled labor, Unskilled labor, FPE, Millennial labor, Food industry, cobots

Scaling Up

Posted by Jen Redmond on Jan 10, 2019 8:28:07 PM

How to increase production the right way

You’ve got a great-tasting product and you want to share it with the world. Perhaps you’ve been handling production yourself in a small kitchen, but you need more capacity because demand is increasing. How do you get to the next level?

While continued growth is certainly a good problem to have, scaling up should be done thoughtfully. Anticipate incremental progress for best results and consider the following steps:

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Topics: Insider

Navigate Pack Expo Like a Pro

Posted by Jen Redmond on Oct 4, 2018 4:34:32 PM

Seven tips to make the trip to McCormick Place worth your time and money.

It is, in fact, the world’s largest packaging and processing show, with 2,500 exhibitors eager to showcase their equipment, services and expertise. So if you’re among the 50,000 attendees attempting to walk through all four exhibition halls of the nation’s largest convention center—and you want this effort to be productive-- you’d better have a plan.

And comfortable shoes

And possibly an assortment of brightly-colored pebbles to mark your trail in case your navigational tools fail

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Topics: Insider, News, Pack Expo

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