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.
Valio is the biggest milk production company in Finland, receiving 85 percent of the milk produced in the country. It produces whey powder in Lapinlahti, while its Seinäjoki plant produces milk powder.
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.
Enabling manufacturers to meet EU regulations for food information to consumers, the CSB-System Nutritional Value Management system calculates, identifies and manages all ingredients, nutritional values, allergens and genetically modified ingredients in a production process.
Used to pull and analyze data from multiple sources, Synchrono SyncOperations version 6.0 manufacturing intelligence software includes a workflow automation engine, a data historian and the ability to connect and aggregate data from enterprise systems and machines.
IBM has launched a new community designed to help developers – from novice to experienced – quickly and easily learn how to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices.
If run to failure is no longer an option, food and beverage processors have alternative ways to keep their equipment running at peak performance levels; they can plan maintenance schedules based on OEM suggestions.