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How to Use Sanitary Machine Design to Eliminate Product Recall Risk

Recall. The word makes packagers at every level shudder. Publicly admitting that your product is defective, dangerous, or even contaminated doesn’t just damage your brand’s reputation. It has serious financial consequences that can amount to hundreds of millions of dollars and impact your company and all the companies that integrate your product in their offerings…

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Top 6 Steps for Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Improvement

There’s a reason customers purchase top-quality machines like John Deere tractors or Mack trucks. They know the initial costs will be higher, but the lifetime performance they get from superior equipment will more than make up for their premier investment. As we have discovered , focusing on equipment longevity and Return on Investment (ROI) is rarely…

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Paying The Cost of Poor Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Producers examine many factors when purchasing packaging equipment. Delivery time and production rate (how fast will the packing machine run?) rank high on the list, but there is always one element that seems to determine the final decision to buy: price. The initial investment cost has become the primary driver for so many packagers that…

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Preparing Production for Automated Protein Loading: An Insider’s Look

Your automation needs updating. You’ve decided to upgrade your protein loading operations to meet your customers’ needs, the industry’s hygienic sanitation standards, and improve your throughput simultaneously. Congratulations! You have taken a step in the right direction towards optimizing your production for the present and the future. But that step is only the first one….

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Top Poultry Packaging for 2022 and Beyond

Poultry packaging options are as varied as the products they preserve. As a producer, knowing where to begin when selecting options that meet your needs can be challenging. Questions of materials, transport, and shelf life must be satisfied. Packaging systems must match throughput requirements, reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over time, and help…

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Poultry Packaging Automation Lends a Helping Hand to Labor

Thief. Job killer. The end of human labor. We still hear these words being used today to describe the idea of integrating poultry packaging automation in the United States. There still exists a pervasive fear that augmenting processes or replacing human labor with robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and automation will somehow bankrupt entire cities and…

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Alleviating Labor Challenges with Automated Protein Loading: A Producer’s Pocket Guide

Protein loading can be strenuous, time-consuming, and physically demanding without automation. The process requires up to eight human operators on a production line, all manually loading, cutting, styling, and arranging product into the ideal packaging array. Supporting this process means integrating system automation to increase efficiency, decrease human error, and achieve the packaging dexterity needed…