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April 3, 2018



Micro Plant Concept Offers Unique Flexibility and Rapid Response to Customer Needs

Shambaugh & Son, L.P.

In these days of mega food processing facilities and long scheduled product runs, a new niche of the micro plant has evolved to cost effectively supply high-end fresh products and rapidly replenish the cold supply chain via quick product changeover.

New DFA Milk Processing Facility Redefines Water Sustainability

Shambaugh & Son, L.P.

Ask a Southwest Kansas DFA dairy producer how to explain their B2B strategy and you get this answer: “Water2Crop, Crop2Feed, Feed2Cow, Cow2Milk, Milk2WaterRemoval, Water2Treatment, TreatedWater2Crop”. If this falls into your category of “why didn’t I think of that” – too late.

Increased Capacity Milk Receiving Line System Speeds Unloading Time

Shambaugh & Son, L.P.

Time is money! Recently opened Valley Milk LLC milk processing plant in Turlock, CA recognized the need to rapidly get milk haulers back on the road, and adopted a unique system that unloads a 5,000 gallon delivery milk tanker in 8 minutes with oversized unloading pipeline connections and flow control devices.

Fire Sprinklers for Cold Storage

Shambaugh & Son, L.P.

One of the best alternatives for eliminating in-rack sprinklers has been the installation of an ESFR sprinkler system; however, due to it being a wet pipe sprinkler system, the ESFR system is limited. With a CMSA design system there is an alternative for protecting refrigerated and cold storage.

Ammonia Refrigeration

Shambaugh & Son, L.P.

At the heart of the largest milk drying plant in the US beats a large industrial Ammonia Refrigeration system. Although the physical dimensions of the refrigeration system at the DFA Garden City facility is not the most imposing part of the overall project, it is an integral part of the utility infrastructure.

While shrinking margins and complicated consumer habits have always been with us, the wild card going forward for our industry is e-commerce.

Using food waste to create biofuels is not new, but researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are looking into methods to make the process more economical.

A bioresponsive expiration label lets consumers know when food is past its prime with the touch of a finger.

Here's how a technique from the 1970s can be used to leverage well-recognized measurements such as operational equipment effectiveness and total productive maintenance to transform brownfield plants into digital ones.

Many CPGs see the benefit of a holistic or a "totality" perspective on manufacturing operations that the industrial internet can deliver, but more education and information are needed.

The new initiative aims to raise awareness of career opportunities in the packaging and processing industry by fostering relationships with institutions, marketing the industry to students and helping students find entry-level employment and internships.

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The OpX Leadership Network’s Requests for Proposals (RFPs) workstream can help improve your projects by identifying best practices for successful project management. Hear from Matt Grashel, global procurement, Abbott Laboratories, and Bryan Griffen, PMMI’s director, industry services and former group engineering, Nestle USA, about step-by-step processes you can use to enhance your packaging or processing line and ensure a smooth procurement process.



ProFood Live!, a conference brought to you by ProFood World and PMMI Media Group, debuts in June. Join your engineering and operations colleagues at this premier event covering trends in food processing operations, why digitalization should be your number one priority, and more. Confirmed speakers include Hormel, Dairy Farmers of America, Smithfield, Snyder’s-Lance and Hiland Dairy. View the program.


Registration is open for the Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network Regional Meeting at PACK EXPO East (April 17, 7:30-11:00 a.m., Room 119AB). Hear from Diane Wilhelm, chief engineer advanced manufacturing, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, on how to leverage your self-power from the inside out. Following Diane’s keynote, participate in an interactive workshop. The 7:30 breakfast is co-located with PACK EXPO East, with more than 400 exhibitors of packaging machinery and materials. Register Now

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