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New course for technology professionals

The first-of-its-kind training course provides foundational skills to manage networked industrial control systems
By Jeremy Gerrard
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Rockwell Automation is collaborating with Cisco to offer a new training course to help candidates prepare for Cisco Industrial Network Specialist certification.


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TECH FLASH

Market size for process instrumentation expected to increase by $2.5 billion

Process instrumentation and automation equipment is projected to grow to $13.6 billion by 2018
By Jeremy Gerrard
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The 2014 market forecast provides a five-year look at process instrumentation and automation equipment, segmented by major process industries.


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Production line ‘transformers’

Manufacturers turn to robotics and automation for increased flexibility, safety and efficiency
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The need to meet the demands of the food industry, including its current and pending regulations, is driving the demand for new technologies.


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Report: PLC market stagnant

Previous growth levels in the programmable logic controller market have not been reached in three years
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The ARC Group says technological developments are shifting away from programmable logic controller hardware.


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ARC: WMS market driven by omni-channel requirements

The ARC Advisory Group says the global market for warehouse management systems (WMSs) is driven by macroeconomic growth, demand for add-on modules and the omni-channel retail paradigm shift
By Jeremy Gerrard
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In Europe, ARC says warehouse management systems suppliers are optimistic about growth prospects


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Automation center addresses Michigan’s needs

The center in southeast Michigan offers affordable product lifecycle management (PLM) technologies training to local business leaders, employees, students and individuals
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Automation Alley partners with Tata Technologies to offer classes.


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TECH FLASH

In automation, system availability is key

Machine operators expect efficiency, and for Big Drum Engineering, demand-oriented maintenance and fast troubleshooting through remote service are crucial
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Big Drum Engineering says an emphasis on quick, efficient maintenance and troubleshooting is required to ensure safety and security.


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Survey reveals upswing in automation industry

A recent survey reveals positive results for the industry in 2014
By Jeremy Gerrard
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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
By Jeremy Gerrard
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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
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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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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2013

Images from Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Naples, Florida, April 14-17, 2013.

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EVENTS

Food Plant of the Future: Surviving and Thriving with Automation

9/9/10
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On-Demand: Forward-thinking plant managers aren’t just reviving their aging plants with automation – they’re building thriving, operationally effective workplaces.

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Efficiently Unload Food From Containers

1/21/14
Online
Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Food and personal care companies are continually challenged with unloading different thicknesses of food from a variety of container sizes and shapes, while maintaining strict sanitary standards. Food products can include...

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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo Day 1 Engineering Keynote Address: Driving Manufacturing Excellence

4/7/14
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Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand As food and beverage manufacturers strive for increased operational success in a highly competitive environment, they must focus on making improvements in processes, asset usage and staffing. Hear which innovation tools this world-class processor uses to achieve manufacturing excellence.

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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo - Food Safety Modernization Act: Are You Fully Prepared?

4/7/14
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Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Under FSMA, food safety programs will shift to a prevention-based approach to food contamination, and all registered food facility will be required to develop a written hazard analysis and risk-based controls plan. This shift requires more detailed recordkeeping and active involvement by management.

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Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo Day 2 Keynote Address: The Business Value of Automation

4/8/14
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Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand Getting automation projects approved in today’s cost cutting environment is no easy task. This speaker will explain how uptime, changeovers, maintenance, asset utilization and production schedules can be optimized with automation software and controls.

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Electronic Capital Expenditure

Capital Investment is a key to any company’s innovation and improvement programme. Investment is key to almost every new product, capacity expansion, and cost saving initiatives. Capital expense represents an organisation change and requires inputs, co-ordination and buy-in from stake-holder groups for successful execution.

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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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FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
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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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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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