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White House cybersecurity officials to speak at April seminar

The event is sponsored by the Automation Federation, ISA and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center.

Administration officials will discuss the recently unveiled US Cybersecurity Framework.


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ISA announces Cybersecurity Conference for June 2014

The conference will be held from June 9-14 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.
It will be held as a sub-conference of THE BIG M Manufacturing Convergence.
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TECH FLASH

Control System Integrators Association Conference announces 2014 dates

CSIA’s conference is expected to draw more than 400 control system integration professionals from the US, Canada, Latin America and abroad.

Experts and members will speak on a variety of topics in 20 informational sessions.


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TECH FLASH

ISA to introduce Process Automation Boot Camp for non-maintenance personnel

The program will make its 2014 debut during the week of Monday, March 31, 2014 at ISA headquarters.

The program is designed for non-maintenance personnel with little or no background in the field of process measurement and control.


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Automation

Cost containment: Using automation to help stop leaks

Everywhere you look, your cash flow is hemorrhaging. Integrated automation systems can show you where to start applying tourniquets.

 You may be able to use a spreadsheet or home accounting program to get your household finances in order. But, there are so many places for cash to evaporate in a food or beverage plant, that unless you are using an integrated software system to track and focus every process, you may never know if leaks exist. 


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TECH FLASH

AIOE releases OEE Opportunity Calculator to track productivity gains

OEE is a commonly adopted KPI, and companies should continue to look for productivity improvement opportunities even after its adoption.

Understanding the relationship between OEE and improvement is essential.


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TECH FLASH

NIST releases voluntary National Cybersecurity Framework

The voluntary framework was compiled at the direction of the Obama administration.
Over 3,000 stakeholder individuals and organizations contributed.
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TECH FLASH

What you need to know about the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The industrial automation industry could be on the verge of a new era of highly efficient, flexible and customizable mass production.
A new trend toward flexibility and customization in manufacturing is emerging.
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TECH FLASH

Growth of wireless technology creates security risks for manufacturers

The bring-your-own-device movement means networks can lack adequate security.

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.
With FSMA in place and many processors seeking GFSI certifications, effective cleaning and sanitation are more important than ever.
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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

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Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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In the December 2014 issue of Food Engineering read about our Fabulous Food Plant feature on the Chelten House, a new facility in Las Vegas.

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