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Global Food Processing Equipment Market- Heat and Control, JBT, Key Technology, Marel, Mecather

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The Food Processing Equipment market report covers forecast and analysis for the Food Processing Equipment market on a global and regional level. The Food Processing Equipment industry report provides historic data of 2015 along with a Food Processing Equipment market forecast from 2015 to 2021 based on Food Processing Equipment industry volume and Food Processing Equipment revenue (USD Million). The Food Processing Equipment includes drivers and restraints for the Food Processing Equipment market along with the impact they have on the demand over the forecast period. Additionally, the Food Processing Equipment market report includes the study of opportunities available in the Food Processing Equipment market on a global level.

The Food Processing Equipment market report discusses in details about the vendor landscape of the Food Processing Equipment market. The Food Processing Equipment Industry has been analyzed on the basis of Food Processing Equipment market attractiveness and investment feasibility. The Food Processing Equipment report lists the key players in the Food Processing Equipment market and provides crucial information about them such as business overview, revenue segmentation, and product offerings. Through SWOT analysis, the Food Processing Equipment industry report analyses the Food Processing Equipment market growth of the key players during the forecast horizon.

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Obama Administration Announces New Manufacturing USA Institute, Third Institute Awarded in Three Weeks

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Today, the Department of Defense is awarding the new Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing USA institute, which brings together a consortium of 87 partners from across industry, academia, and government to develop the manufacturing technologies for life-saving cells, tissues, and organs. The winning coalition, led by ARMI, Inc. and headquartered in Manchester, NH will develop next-generation manufacturing techniques for repairing and replacing cells and tissues, which may one day lead to the ability to manufacture new skin for soldiers scarred from combat or develop organ-preserving technologies to benefit Americans waiting for an organ transplant.

The Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute being announced today is the twelfth manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama Administration, and follows on the heels of two other hubs announced in the last two weeks—the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals, the first open-topic institute and the first institute awarded by the Department of Commerce, headquartered in Newark, DE; and the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Institute, awarded by the Department of Energy, headquartered in New York, NY.

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Equipment Designed With Sanitation In Mind Can Ease Processors’ FSMA Requirements

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With implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) under way, sanitary design migrated from a nice-to-have to a must-have for the processing and handling equipment inside food & beverage manufacturing facilities.

Cleanability has moved from afterthought to a central consideration in total cost of ownership of equipment, particularly when there is direct contact with food. FSMA extends that consideration to include incoming materials, both food and nonfood, environmental conditions and the physical structure. Cross contact with allergens receives special attention in Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food, the FDA guidance document issued in August.

Building and equipping a plant from the ground up is one way of addressing sanitary design, but the vast majority of companies must work with the facility they already operate. Fortunately, even legacy sites can clear the higher sanitary bar, as evinced by General Mills’ $25 million commitment to its 110-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., cereal plant.

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If you’re familiar with the metal fabrication industry, you know that it’s a world steeped in tradition, forging fires, and the clanging of metal on metal. There are sparks and smoke, and sometimes risks from fumes or open flame.

No matter how you slice it, the creation of metal can be a messy business.

But now, it doesn’t have to be. With the invention of new technologies that help with the “greening” of the metal fabrication industry—along with a worldwide shift towards sustainable products and production—welding is moving more towards becoming what’s known as a “green collar job.”

It’s a pursuit that’s considered to be more ecologically friendly than ever before, plus it’s a trade with a bright future for those thinking about a career in welding.

Combine that with the fact that the green movement can actually save metal fabricators money in the long run, and there’s little reason not to embrace a sustainable initiative.

This is no small thing for an industry that’s been around for centuries.



Illinois Tech to Exhibit at International Manufacturing Technology Show

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Illinois Tech will be an exhibitor at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) from Monday, September 12 through Saturday, September 17, 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Students and faculty interested in all aspects of manufacturing will find something of interest at the show, described as one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 114,147 registrants.

Students and staff from the School of Applied Technology/Industrial Technology and Management, Armour College of Engineering, and Undergraduate Admissions will be at the Illinois Tech booth, NC-620. All registered attendees can stop by to see Biomedical Engineering students demonstrating their project involving the use of 3D printing for creating prosthetics.

There will also be a Student Summit offering Specialty Conferences on Process Innovations, Alternative Manufacturing, Plant Operations, Automation, and Quality. The IMTS website notes that the summit will also offer “10 challenges for students to discover and use some of the technologies utilized in advanced manufacturing.” Watch a video explaining the Show and the Student Challenge Here.

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Manufacturing business incubator launched in Chicago

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When you think of the term “business incubator,” you typically think computers and software, but Illinois’ newest business hub will be geared toward new manufacturing business.

mHub is a joint collaboration between the city of Chicago, and private companies and organizations. The project’s leaders joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday at the West Chicago facility to explain the goal of fostering innovation and ultimately creating new manufacturing jobs in the state.

Emanuel boasted of the new innovation center’s potential effect on Chicago’s industrial sector.

“mHUB will unite the manufacturing sector with our vibrant technology-focused entrepreneurial scene, and will encourage new and existing manufacturing as a driver of growth for our city thanks to new applications in product development and manufacturing,” Emanuel said.

The announcement comes at a perilous time for Illinois’ manufacturing sector. With consistent monthly job losses, employers facing the nation’s highest property taxes and Chicago needing hundreds of millions in tax hikes to shore up its mismanaged pension funds, Illinois’ goods-producing sector needs all the help it can get. One analyst with credit firm Moody’s Financial said last month that the city would have to raise $1 billion more in taxes beyond what it has already imposed to stop its growing unfunded pension obligations.

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Global Food Processing Equipment Market 2016-GEA, B’hler, Marel, Ali, JBT, Meyer Industries, Satake

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Food processing equipment helps to transform the raw food ingredients in to food items through various physical and chemical means. Food processing equipment are available in various categories which includes dryers, chillers, fryers, feeders, mixers, grinders, roasters, homogenizers, separators, slicers and ovens.

These foods processing equipment are used in various industries including dairy industry, industrial bakery, poultry farm, seafood industry, chocolate manufacturing unit, confectionery, beverage industry, milk, fruit, nut, and vegetable industry. Stainless steel is one of the main elements, which is widely used in the food processing equipment. 304SS and 316SS are two most common types of alloys of stainless steel, which are used in food processing equipment.

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Ensuring FSMA readiness with manufacturing cloud ERP

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You may still be figuring out how to get your company FSMA ready with minimal cost or disruption to business. You’re not alone. In a recent survey of more than 400 food processors and manufacturers, 68 percent said they were “somewhat ready” for FSMA.* A group of food processors and manufacturers have put in place four key components to ensure FSMA readiness and the ability to meet market demands—while minimizing costs and maximizing profitability:

1. HACCP Support
Not only must you provide documented HACCP plans with corrective/preventative actions—and maintain these records for a minimum of two years—but you also need to ensure that you automate the tracking and reporting process. To ensure efficient and effective compliance, that means automated electronic document controls, electronic signatures, workflow management, and critical control point alerts as well as statistical process controls (SPC) for easy collection of quality data. Does your HACCP support plan still require manual intervention? If so, it could cost your company.

2. Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)
Control of plant floor activities is a key to your overall efficiency. Making sure that you track production, scheduling, scaling, and rejections gives you insight into how your operations can improve or maintain processes. You also want to track overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) to avoid costly breakdowns, develop a knowledge base of technical experience, respond quickly to maintenance problems, and maximize productivity.

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Ready, Willing and Able to Work

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Manufacturing professionals generally place the shortage of qualified workers near the top of their list of challenges, but many ignore a potential resource due to preconceived notions that are usually dated, and often untrue. At least, that’s the view of Skills Inc., an aerospace supplier with three locations based in and around Seattle, Washington. This nonprofit offers training, vocational services and job placement to special-needs employees and also hires them for its own purposes.

Cheryl Roe, MNPL (master’s in nonprofit leadership), director of programs and development, says, “Too many employers assign difficulties that simply don’t exist to the prospect of hiring people with disabilities. Part of our mission is to show that you really can succeed while at the same time helping others.”

Building Skills

The company was founded in 1966, and in the beginning it was solely dedicated to training individuals with various disabilities on how to manufacture parts that were then supplied to the aerospace market. The range of work has expanded since then, but this sector still makes up about 40 percent of its activities. The remainder involves finishing, assembly and technical services, along with business solutions such as kitting and polybagging. ISO 9001 and AS9100 registered, the company handles sheet metal fabrication—including punching, forming and deburring—and three-, four- and five-axis CNC machining and programming. Machining is conducted on more than 20 high-performance pieces of equipment, including a CNC lathe from Okuma and a dozen CNC mills from Haas, Fadal and Bridgeport. All three-, four- and five-axis machines were recently equipped with Vericut, the CNC machining simulation/optimization software package developed by CGTech. All of the company’s technology was paid for by the revenue it generates, (rather than being donated or funded by grants), and in addition to producing aerospace-worthy parts, Skills Inc. ensures that program graduates deliver leading-edge operational knowledge to their employers.

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Novel metal-oxide photoresist materials for extreme UV lithography

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A major current trend in lithography is the development of exposure tools that have ever-shorter wavelengths, with the overall aim of achieving mass production of devices with sub-10nm feature sizes. Extreme UV lithography (EUVL) at a wavelength of 13.5nm is the main candidate for next-generation lithography technology.1 Highly sensitive resist materials, however, are required for EUVL so that its high-power exposure source requirements can be reduced.2

Until now, chemically amplified resists (CARs) have been used in EUVL.3 CARs are formulated by adding an organic polymer, a photoacid generator, and a quencher species together (see Figure 1). Although such resists have good sensitivity, they also have a number of associated problems. For example, the resolution of chemically amplified resists is strongly affected by pattern collapse, which becomes increasingly important as feature sizes approach the nanometer scale.4 Furthermore, it is challenging to reduce the aspect ratio (film thickness/critical dimension) of CARs because of their high susceptibility to the non-uniform distribution of components in the film. As a result, poor imaging performance tends to be obtained.

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