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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

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