Handbook of Farm, Dairy and Food Machinery Engineering

2nd Edition

Editors: Myer Kutz
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123858818
eBook ISBN: 9780123858825
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 27th June 2013
Page Count: 760
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Handbook of Farm, Dairy and Food Machinery Engineering is the essential reference for engineers who need to understand those aspects of the food industry from farm machinery to food storage facilities to the machinery that processes and packages our foods.

The process of getting food from "farm to fork," as the saying goes, involves more than planting, harvesting, shipping, processing, packaging and distributing—though those are all key components. Effective and efficient food delivery systems are built around processes that maximize the effort while minimizing cost, time, and resource depletion.

This comprehensive reference is for engineers who design and build machinery and processing equipment, shipping containers, and packaging and storage equipment. It includes cutting-edge coverage of microwave vacuum application in grain processing, cacao processing, fruit and vegetable processing, ohmic heating of meat, facility design, closures for glass containers, double seaming, and much more.

Key Features

  • Provides cross-topic information for translational research and potential application
  • Focuses on design and controls – written for engineers by engineers – always with practical applications in mind
  • Includes design of machinery and facilities as well as theoretical basis for determining and predicting behavior of foods as they are handled and processed


Food process engineers, packagers and product development specialists

Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

List of Contributors

Chapter 1. The Food Engineer

1 Nature of Work and Necessary Skills

2 Academic and Industry Preparation

3 Work Opportunities for a Food Engineer

4 Engineering Jobs

5 Future Opportunities

6 Conclusions


Further Reading

Chapter 2. Food Regulations

1 Background

2 Federal Register

3 Code of Federal Regulations

4 United States Code

5 State and Local Regulations

6 USDA–FSIS Sanitation Programs

7 FDA Sanitation Programs

8 Food Safety Modernization Act

9 Hazard Analyses and Critical Control Point Program (HACCP)

10 Meat Processing

11 Shell Eggs

12 Seafood Processing

13 Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts

14 Beverages

15 Canned Foods

16 Food Service/Restaurants

17 Export Foods

18 Imported Foods

19 Conclusions

20 Acronyms


Chapter 3. Food Safety Engineering

1 Introduction

2 Intervention Technologies

3 Control/Monitoring/Identification Techniques

4 Packaging Applications in Food Safety

5 Tracking and Traceability

6 Byproducts of Processing

7 Conclusions



Chapter 4. Farm Machinery Automation for Tillage, Planting Cultivation, and Harvesting

1 Introduction

2 Vehicle Guidance

3 Implement Guidance Systems

4 Guidance Methods

5 Challenges Facing Autonomous Vehicles

6 Summary


Other Contacts

Chapter 5. Air Seeders for Conservation Tillage Crop Production

1 Opener Design Options

2 Managing Crop Residue

3 Soil Disturbance and Environmental Impacts

4 Seed/Fertilizer Placement, Row Spacing


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About the Editor

Myer Kutz

Myer Kutz has headed his own firm, Myer Kutz Associates, Inc., since 1990. For the past several years, he has focused on writing and on developing engineering handbooks on a wide range of technical topics, such as mechanical, materials, biomedical, transportation, and environmentally conscious engineering, for a number of publishers, including Wiley, McGraw-Hill, and Elsevier. Earlier, his firm supplied consulting services to a large client roster, including Fortune 500 companies, scientific societies, and large and small publishers. The firm published two major multi-client studies, “The Changing Landscape for College Publishing” and “The Developing Worlds of Personalized Information.” Before starting his independent consultancy, Kutz held a number of positions at Wiley, including acquisitions editor, director of electronic publishing, and vice president for scientific and technical publishing. He has been a trustee of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and chaired committees of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Association of American Publishers. He holds engineering degrees from MIT and RPI, served as an officer in the US Army Ordnance Corp, and worked in the aerospace industry on the Apollo project. In addition to his edited reference works, he is the author of nine books, including Temperature Control, published by Wiley, Rockefeller Power, published by Simon & Schuster, the novel, Midtown North, published under the name Mike Curtis, and most recently the independently published novel, In the Grip. He is the editor of the Bulletin of the Professional Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers and writes The Scholarly Publishing Scene column for the magazine Against the Grain. He lives in Delmar, NY, with his wife, Arlene.

Affiliations and Expertise

Myer Kutz Associates. Inc., Delmar, NY, USA


"This handbook by and for engineers begins with chapters on the food engineer, food regulations, and food safety engineering. Then it considers equipment for various aspects of farming, among them planting cultivation, grain harvesting, and milking. The rest of the book — over 500 pages — describes equipment and techniques for processing food as it moves from production to consumption."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013