Automation

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Survey reveals upswing in automation industry

A recent survey reveals positive results for the industry in 2014

CSIA says the automation industry could grow between 5 percent and 15 percent in the coming months.


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New service reduces automation costs

An advanced project execution approach can cut total automation costs by up to 30 percent

Known as LEAP, the new project services combines Honeywell proprietary hardware and software, virtualization and cloud engineering.


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Remote monitoring system provides needed oversight for egg company

The system allows greater functionality by providing smartphone monitoring and control

With its automated feed mill operating 14-16 hours a day, Schipper Facilities Manager Dan Berghorst says additional oversight equipment was necessary.


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Program encourages children to pursue engineering careers

ABB launches STEM exhibit in Raleigh to embrace science and engineering.

Children’s hands-on engineering learning experience opens at museum after $1 million grant from ABB.


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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference 2014

Integrating leading edge-automation with operational excellence

Food and beverage companies are facing an increasingly competitive environment that demands familiarity with leading-edge automation and processing and packaging solutions.


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Sercos announces new board of directors

Six new members elected to the board, Bürger named chairman

Organization selects new members at its Hannover Fair meeting.


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Machine vision and the automated warehouse

Highly automated warehouses can increase efficiencies with technologies underpinned by machine vision systems

Lower prices and improved capabilities have made vision systems a viable economic choice for many warehouse and distribution centers.


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Rockwell Automation expands PartnerNetwork Program

Program welcomes approximately 12 new companies

Company says new additions will help solve manufacturing and automation challenges.


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Field Reports

DIY: Automating a donut line

Mel-O-Cream Donuts designed a simple yet robust automated packaging and labeling line to replace a manual system.
Founded in 1932 as a retail shop in Springfield, IL, Mel-O-Cream International manufactures bakery products, primarily for wholesale distribution to supermarkets and bakeries.


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For faster order fulfillment, consider software-driven automated picking

Improved workflow processes and automation technologies can provide immediate improvements.

Benefits include improved picking accuracy, time reduction and improved ergonomics.


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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.

Podcasts

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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Food Engineering

FE September 2014

2014 September

The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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