Food Plant Engineering Systems, Second Edition

Theunis Christoffel Robberts

February 20, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 355 Pages - 44 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439848098 - CAT# K12144


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  • Uses a systems approach to discuss characteristics of the service systems that allow for food plant optimization
  • Introduces Lean manufacturing principles to the food industry
  • Addresses sustainability and environmental impact
  • Explores the often overlooked peripheral equipment involved in food plant operation
  • Describes features of service systems that can be implemented during line upgrading or replacement
  • Explains terms frequently used regarding processing lines as well as some of their underlying principles


The component parts of a manufacturing system are important. Without peripherals and services such as pumps, boilers, power transmission, water treatment, waste disposal, and efficient lighting, the system will collapse. Food Plant Engineering Systems, Second Edition fills the need for a reference dealing with the bits and pieces that keep systems running, and also with how the peripheral parts of a processing plant fit within the bigger picture.

The author has gathered information from diverse sources to introduce readers to the ancillary equipment used in processing industries, including production line components and environmental control systems. He explores the buildings and facilities as well as the way various parts of a plant interact to increase plant production. This new edition covers the systems approach to Lean manufacturing, introducing Lean principles to the food industry. It also addresses sustainability and environmental issues, which were not covered in the first edition.

Written so readers with only basic mathematical knowledge will benefit from the content, the text describes measurements and numbers as well as general calculations, including mass and energy balances. It addresses the properties of fluids, pumps, and piping, and provides a brief discussion of thermodynamics. In addition, it explores electrical system motors, starters, heating, and lights; heating systems and steam generation; cooling and refrigeration systems; and water, waste, and material handling systems. The text also deals with plant design, including location, foundations, floors, walls, roofs, drains, and insulation. The final chapter presents an overview of safety and OSHA regulations, and the appendices provide conversion tables and an introduction to mathematics.

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