Food Processing

6 Use Cases of Factory Automation in Vertical Farming

Vertical farming brings fresh produce closer to cities using fewer pesticides and land resources. Here's how factory automation makes it possible. For years, vertical farming has been offered as a tantalizing solution to many modern needs, including demand from consumers to have food produced closer to home, more efficient land use,...

Automation key to keeping the food industry on the cutting edge

As the increasing use of technology creates the expectations of variety and fast change among people, the food industry is looking to be on the cutting edge of this trend. Adept might just have the answer. Apter said that automation technology enables parameters of a processing system to be adjusted with...

Food industry increases use of sensors as automation expands

The food processing industry is increasing its use of sensors as it expands its adoption of automated processes. The market analysis found that the sensor market pulled in approximately $2.9 billion USD in 2012...Sensors researched include flow, level, pressure, temperature, photoelectric, inductive, capacitive, ultrasonic sensors and biosensors. This increase can be attributed...

Dispenser Options: Tracing Food and Drug Dispensing

Tracking and tracing in the food industry has been made easier with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. However, these tags can only be placed on certain items, leaving some dispensary products without a tracking method. How can you track how much of a liquid is dispensed? A few businesses have...

Organic Certification Requirements

Organic food is known to be free of pesticides, preservatives and genetic enhancements. The food is not only guaranteed to be free of these items, they are regulated and tested by government agencies and individual accrediting organizations to ensure that they are. 'USDA Organic' certification is a way that consumers can...

Common Myths about Organic Food Processing

Organic foods are those that are grown and processed for consumers without artificial interferences. These include fertilizers and preservatives. Because of the lack of “assistance” in maintaining freshness, organic foods have developed a bit of a reputation. In the food contamination cases of late where fresh foods seem to be...

Common Myths about Organic Food Processing

Organic foods are those that are grown and processed for consumers without artificial interferences. These include fertilizers and preservatives. Because of the lack of “assistance” in maintaining freshness, organic foods have developed a bit of a reputation. In the food contamination cases of late where fresh foods seem to be...

The Hazards of Defective Product Returns

Product defects are problematic for customers, manufacturers, and even the legal system. In truth, product defects are a symptom of larger problems within the manufacturing and distribution processes. A problem that begins as a small hiccup has grown into a full-scale crisis by the time ...

Manufacturing Food Safety: Managing Allergies

The human body’s reaction to foods is still the subject of concern and curiosity. Food manufacturers worry about introducing ingredients into the food that could potentially harm customers. However, there is no way to know or remove allergens for billions of people living off the American food supply. The food...

Is HACCP Certification Necessary?

In an era of massive food recalls, organics, and the trend toward everything antimicrobial, any process that ensures food safety should be utilized in the food manufacturing industry to prevent contamination. However, the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) system is one that implements controls on the manufacturing process that...

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