Articles by Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor

Tech Update: Packaging Machine Controls

December 5, 2011
Teaching packaging machines to communicate. Thanks to open standards, packaging machine controls communicate up and down the line and with MES and ERP systems to provide key performance data.
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Site Selection: Redefining Location, location. Location

December 5, 2011
What makes location the most important criterion in selecting a site? Transportation, logistics, labor force, water and utility costs—to name a few.
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Tea blend time and degradation cut with rotary mixer

November 1, 2011
Tumble-turn-cut-fold mixing action yields 100% batch uniformity in less than three minutes.
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Indispensable Energy Audits

November 1, 2011
Energy audits and management can increase the bottom line, but to be effective, the job is never done.
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Tech Update: Pumps

October 1, 2011
The right pump used for the right application can make a significant difference in energy consumption.
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Tech Update: Robotics

September 1, 2011
After they’ve proved their worth in secondary packaging and grunt applications, robots are slowly making inroads for jobs closer to the process. 
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Accurate test sieve calls for quality screen

August 1, 2011
As processor/packager verifies incoming powder products have the right granularity, it relies on air-jet test sieve to deliver results.
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34th Annual Plant Construction Survey

June 1, 2011
Projects surge slightly as processors find value to be gained in upgrading existing facilities.
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Green Manufacturing: Software Tracks Sustainability

May 1, 2011
Take action now to reduce consumption by monitoring energy usage in real time.
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Making the Right Choice With Smart Wireless Sensors

March 1, 2011
Smart sensors have been around for a long time, but when combined with wireless capabilities, the sky’s the limit.
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