While the trend for large manufacturers is to automate a new plant in its entirety, small and medium-sized food and beverage processors rarely have the funds to automate their plants, turning them into lights-out facilities. Even some tier-one processors may find areas in certain operations where it may not make sense to over-automate.
In the US, 3.5 million middle-skill jobs go begging—jobs that don’t require a four-year college degree, but often do require hands-on OJT and/or a two-year associate’s degree, said Scott Scriven at the recent PROCESS EXPO in Chicago.
FM-approved, the Assured Automation FireChek thermal shutoff with a resettable memory shape alloy automatically shuts down a pneumatic control system when a nearby fire occurs or the ambient temperature reaches 135°F, 150°F or 165°F; it immediately closes the air supply line to prevent air from feeding the fire and simultaneously vents the spring return actuator to allow the return to fail-safe.
You add up the mass of raw materials your facility consumes each day, look at the products it’s made, and the numbers just don’t balance—until you look at skids of rework and a dumpster topped off with the day’s malformed products and/or damaged packages.
Lachenmeier stretch hood machines include an ICPA interface panel that allows operators to control, monitor, diagnose and manage wrap applications; specially designed icons illustrate every step of the process and provide information on the wrap cycle.