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.
FPL Food (Augusta, GA) is one of the largest privately owned processors of fresh beef products and value-added meat selections in the US. It provides several brands of high-quality beef to retail and foodservice customers.
Featuring interchangeable slits to adjust resolution and throughput on demand, indicator LEDs and device connectors, the Ocean Optics Flame miniature spectrometer can be employed in food manufacture quality labs or integrated on production lines for a range of UV-Vis reflected color measurements.
Incorporating a digital viscometer and thermoelectrically controlled sample chamber, the CANNON Instrument Company D2983 thermoelectric sample conditioner system automates the entire conditioning and testing process, including preheating, room temperature stabilization, cooling of the sample to test temperature and testing the final viscosity of the conditioned sample.
Opto 22 SNAP-AIMA-iH and SNAP-AOA-23-iH 2-channel analog input and output modules work on a 4-20mA current loop with HART communications protocol to extract status, diagnostics and other information from smart devices.