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Interpreting audit abbreviations
It only looks like alphabet soup.

Mixers: Considering durability and power
A well-designed mixer must be ready to handle everything a baker throws at it.

Ensuring it all pans out
Combining the latest in tracking systems with extra-large pans provides a one-two punch for reducing maintenance, minimizing waste and, most importantly, raising overall yield.

Pyler says: Handle liquid ingredients with care
Tank size, construction materials and heating/chilling capabilities are important.

Pyler says: In line-flour cooling controls batch temperature
If flour comes into the mixer cool enough, the temperature of ingredients other than water almost do not matter.

Keeping ovens consistent
Maintaining the heat balance in a tunnel oven requires critical control of the temperature, both linearly and laterally.

Training to retain valuable skills
Periodically revisiting training helps employees to better grasp the equipment that they operate.

Balancing food safety and production time
Joe Stout offers insights on striking a balance between the need for effective food safety and the goal of longer production runs.

High-speed tortilla sheeting
In today’s highly competitive environment, food processors wage a constant battle between maximizing production throughput and minimizing downtime.

Focusing on oven fundamentals
"Smart" ovens require smart operators who understand the thermodynamics of baking and adjust their product flow accordingly.

Advancing the art of tortillas
Design and engineering of tortilla processing equipment moves forward into more cleanable systems, running at tighter tolerances and outputting ever more product.

Setting ovens right
Executing long-run operations correctly takes careful planning and precision tuning.

Vertical packaging trends
Vertical form/fill/seal packaging solutions meet the challenge of delivering on both speed and accuracy.

Ovens: A battle for control
Technical advances are helping bakers take more control of the baking process.

Navigating turnkey solutions
Automation streamlines commercial bakery operations, but installing an automated line should be planned and managed to ensure smooth integration and startup.

Science of tortillas
Texas A&M University leads in tortilla research.

Sanitation in proofers
Sanitary design is the next frontier for proofers.

Automating pizza toppings
Several manufacturers of pizza equipment now design their makeup lines with topping and dispensing units.

Aurora shows off its colors
Gonnella Baking’s transformation of its Aurora, IL, fresh bakery reflects the best of greenfield and brownfield projects all in one.

Promoting airflow in proofers
Air circulation must be uniform to enure an ideal proofing environment.

Bakers gain from 2016 tax extenders
Just in time for IBIE, congress made permanent federal tax credits available for capital equipment purchases and R&D investments.

FSMA will change life for bakers
Food safety rules for human foods are in effect now, and most facilities must comply with them by Sept. 17.

The evolution of bulk packaging
As manufacturers look to enhance shelf life and convenience, multipacks and bulk packages change with the times.

Pyler says: How bagging, overwrapping and flow wrapping work
Different baked goods require different packaging technologies.

Proofed to perfection
An ideal environment for raising dough requires automated, finely tuned controls.