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Four-to-one combiner saves space, money

For a packaged snack food manufacturer, a multi-lane tabletop conveyor system using four-to-one merge for cartons was the right solution.

 Four lanes of pneumatically actuated clamping devices and blade stops control the traffic of four rows of product and merge them to one lane for delivery to a palletizing system. 

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MCAA publishes annual market forecast

The report covers 12 industry segments and product categories of the process instrumentation and automation industry (PI&A) for the US and Canada.

 The five-year forecast predicts a healthy compound annual growth rate, with increased spending in the food and beverage industry. 

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Key Performance Indicators

Effective tools for hitting manufacturing targets

KPIs and measures serve to crystallize business strategy, align the organization and clarify accountability. The people, the measures, the accountability, the review and response process and the actions taken are the greater drivers of strategy delivery.
When deciding what kind of car to buy, there’s an old adage: Fast, cheap and good—pick two!

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OPC announces “OPC UA open shared source” strategy

The foundation opens the doors to facilitate increased adoption of OPC Unified Architecture technology beyond industrial automation.

 OPC Foundation’s vision of interoperability providing the best specifications, technology, certification and process is the core of this open shared source strategy.  

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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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Food Plant of the Future: Surviving and Thriving with Automation

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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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Flexible Design: Building for Tomorrow

Contact: Adam Thomas

On Demand This Food Plant of the Future webinar explores how to think about tomorrow, today, without going overboard or getting locked into an untenable position. Also discussed: strategies and flexible technologies that are available to keep buildings as unrestricted as possible for future growth and how to build the space and systems to accommodate unanticipated needs.

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Increase ROI in ERP (SAP, Oracle, etc.) When Connecting and Integrating to the Plant Floor (Rockwell, Wonderware, GE)

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On Demand See a live demo and case studies solving problems around efficiency, quality, and controlling costs. Demo includes iPhones, iPads, connection to SAP.

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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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Food Engineering's Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2015

Images from Food Engineering's Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Clearwater Beach, Florida, April 12-15, 2015. The event brought food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.


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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The May 2015 issue of Food Engineering explores effective tools for hitting manufacturing targets. Also, read how processors are looking for faster ways to detect harmful pathogens in food and beverages without sacrificing accuracy or reliability.

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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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