Automation

TECH FLASH

Growth of wireless technology creates security risks for manufacturers

The bring-your-own-device movement means networks can lack adequate security.
February 12, 2014

Several options for wireless networking are currently available, and process industry-specific options are gaining more widespread adoption.


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Food Safety

Automated cleaning and sanitation saves time, produces better results

CIP and COP systems benefit from automated washing systems that make use of spraying equipment matched to the right chemical media.
February 7, 2014
With FSMA in place and many processors seeking GFSI certifications, effective cleaning and sanitation are more important than ever.
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Vegetable processor improves productivity and capacity of canning operation with a fully automated retort room

Far less labor is required in the new high-efficiency system.
January 24, 2014
Due to the processing’s seasonal nature, 24 hour per day, seven day per week uptime is required.
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TECH FLASH

ISA to develop new mission-critical professional certification program

The new program is part of a $23 million grant from the Department of Labor to prepare workers for careers in “mission-critical operations.”
January 24, 2014

ISA’s program will focus on industrial operations, a point of focus for many food and beverage processors.


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Field Reports

From clipboards to CMMS, maintenance is now a snap

Fish producer uses computerized maintenance management to handle production equipment, farm equipment and operator certifications.
January 10, 2014
Snow Island is a Nova Scotia-based salmon producer distinguished by its commitment to the environment and sustainable farming practices for raising salmon from egg to plate. The company gives its salmon extra room to grow, maintaining a 98.5 percent volume of water to 1.5 percent of fish in its pens and nets. And while many other operations house one million-plus fish per farm, Snow Island farms contain only 500,000.
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TECH FLASH

Cool energy waste in your refrigeration systems!

Energy audits can spot potential waste and provide short-term fixes, but a refrigeration energy management system can keep temperatures and costs cool.
November 25, 2013

A modular energy management system can keep a facility’s cooling costs under control.


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TECH FLASH

Rockwell Automation Fair offers up-close look at trends in automation and process control

Global population growth means great challenges, but also great opportunity.
November 25, 2013

Improving asset utilization and innovation while managing risk will allow industry leaders to thrive.


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TECH FLASH

ARC announces 2014 Industry Forum agenda

The event will focus on the emerging information-driven enterprise.
November 25, 2013

The 2014 event will be held February 10-13 in Orlando, FL.


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Maintenance Technology

Proactive maintenance management

Processors move from calendar-based checks and reports to condition monitoring of assets in real time.
November 8, 2013

 Predictive and preventive maintenance tools help to reduce unplanned downtimes of critical equipment.


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Best Practices

Automation tales from the trenches

Best practices in setting up and implementing automation systems go a long way to making a processor more successful than its peers.
November 8, 2013

 Technologies must be properly applied after careful planning to ascertain where and what to automate. 


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