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Heating & Cooling

Boilers versus direct-fire versus glycol: Water heating systems to consider for food and beverage plants

Sept. 13, 2023
Considering the production specifications and overall environment, there are specific systems available that can effectively minimize energy consumption in food or beverage production...
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Maintenance & Safety

5 energy conservation strategies for food and beverage processing plants

June 5, 2023
While utility costs are inevitable, there are strategies to make food and beverage plants more efficient and save money in the long run.
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Valves & Actuators

How to choose the best process valve solution for your food and beverage facility

Feb. 6, 2023
Valves are a vital feature in the implementation of process controls and automation.
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Maintenance & Safety

Selecting the best drainage systems for food and beverage processing

Jan. 23, 2023
Poor drainage in a food and beverage facility can impede the sanitation process and greatly affect overall food safety. Meanwhile, proper drainage design speeds up cleaning and...
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Process Control & Automation

Choosing a systems integrator to advance your automation strategy

Dec. 5, 2021
With so many available options in the vast field of automation and robotics, selecting a systems integrator can seem like a daunting endeavor — but it does not have to be.
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Maintenance & Safety

17 ammonia safety issues your food plant personnel can control (and correct)

Oct. 4, 2021
When it comes to ammonia hazards, proper engineering practices and maintenance are especially important now that our industries and ammonia safety are under a national spotlight...
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4 tips to get your new processing facility ‘off the ground’

June 14, 2021
A closer look at four recommendations that may seem obvious, but if executed properly, will take some of the pain out of beginning your next process facility.
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Maintenance & Safety

What is your maintenance program (or lack of one) costing you?

May 9, 2021
Ignoring maintenance or only fixing things when they fail (a reactive approach), has long-term consequences. The continual deferment of maintenance will ultimately result in failure...
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Don’t put off upgrading your PLCs: 3 red flags and a cautionary tale

March 18, 2021
“If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” It’s a question we’ve all heard before, but when it comes to older programmable logic controller installations, it’s not an answer you want to...
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Material Handling (Dry & Wet)

Protecting your food processing facility from dust explosions

Feb. 15, 2021
Food processors need to be aware of the danger that particular ingredients create and formulate a plan to keep their workers and plants safe.

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Maintenance & Safety

4 ways to reduce COVID-19 risk in your food processing facility

Jan. 8, 2021
Food plant owners and operators are looking for ways to protect their staff and facilities that are cost-effective and don’t hinder productivity.
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Vertical farming could bring produce into the 21st century

Dec. 9, 2020
Using sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence, vertical farm operators are able to fine-tune the exact parameters needed to grow each crop variety to maximum yield...