Plant Design/Management

The latest trends and innovations in facility design and management.


Plant Design & Management

Repair equipment, or replace it?

Guidelines for processors to consider when determining whether to replace, repair or re-engineer equipment in their protein-processing plants.
"Hurry up and get that conveyor running,” is barked over the radio as one critical piece of equipment has brought a processing department to a standstill.
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Food Safety

Clean from the inside out

Processors ask for CIP systems that use fewer chemicals and less water.
It’s hard to imagine Clean-in-Place systems without the, well, cleaning agents.
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Worker safety: a safe bet

Meat and poultry operators that focus on worker safety and wellness are in position to reap huge paybacks in performance and productivity.
Worker safety is a key element in an effective meat and poultry processing operation
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Spare Parts Know-How

High-tech tools or low-tech solutions?

No matter what problem you face in business today, someone will have a high-tech solution.
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Guest commentary

How to overcome the challenge of equipment design

The monitor is blank, except for the icons that tell me: “Start designing!” Reruns of this episode have been experienced by engineers, designers and operations personnel.
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Protein Problem Solver

Protein Problem Solver: Software technology for catch-weight management

In 1936, Roger Wood co-founded a meatpacking company in Savannah, Ga., called Wood-Robbins Sausage, which turned into Roger Wood Foods under his sole ownership, after World War II.
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Poultry Perspectives

NLRB once again pushing ‘quickie election’ rules

Union membership in the United States has declined significantly in recent decades.
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Spare Parts Know-How

Climbing the ladder of spare parts management performance

In almost every endeavour it is difficult to determine what constitutes the ”best practice,” but this is particularly true in specialist areas such as spare parts management.
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Plant Design & Management

5 pillars of plant design

Whether green-field or brown-field construction, successful facility design requires the support and success of these five factors.
As a child, I would always ask for an Erector Set for Christmas. Those familiar with an Erector Set know that, with enough imagination, one could build anything.
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A conversation with Rick Stott, CEO of Superior Farms

The National Provisioner Podcast Series
Independent Processor Editor in Chief Sam Gazdziak speaks with Rick Stott, CEO of Superior Farms, about the company's new facility in Dixon, California.
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Food Plant of the Future: Raising the Bar on Plant Air Quality

Contact: Adam Thomas

On demand Exclusively for thought-leaders in food and beverage processing facility management, Food Plant of the Future webinars are presented by Hixson, a leading design and engineering firm of food processing facilities in North America.

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Food Plant of the Future: Global Food Safety Impact on Facilities

Contact: Adam Thomas

On demand SQF 2000, FSMA, ISO 22000/PAS220 and other standards continue to gain traction in an attempt to create safer foods and beverages.

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Food Plant of the Future: The Future of Wastewater Management

Contact: Adam Thomas

Available On-Demand Effective management of wastewater is becoming increasingly critical to food and beverage processors as the cost for incoming water increases...

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Industrial Refrigeration Workshop

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Charlotte, MI
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Anuga FoodTec

Anuga FoodTec is the most important driving force of the international food and beverage industry. Read More



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Brenneman analyzes Butterball’s new animal care, well-being program

Rod Brenneman, CEO of Butterball, discusses his company's new Animal Care and Well-Being Program, his company's certification by the American Humane Association and further animal-handling initiatives, all officially announced in September 2013.

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October 2014

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