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TECH FLASH

What’s new at PACK EXPO East

The first PACK EXPO East showcases new technologies and robotics in Philadelphia, February 16-18.

 The event will meet the needs of a vibrant, yet previously underserved, Northeastern manufacturing marketplace. 


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TECH FLASH

ISA, Automation Federation applaud kickoff of 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition

More than 75,000 high school students compete in programs celebrating science and technology.

 Working with adult mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge, RECYCLE RUSH. 


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Automation Series

The rise of robotic automation

Robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, but how do you know where to implement robotic automation?
Throughput. It all comes down to this number.


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TECH FLASH

New bipartisan bill confronts cyberattacks

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 authorizes the Department of Commerce to facilitate and support the development of voluntary standards to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure.

The bill is designed to strengthen and protect the nation’s economic and national security through public-private partnerships.


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Plant Security

The cyber threat

Hardly a week goes by without news of another big company being hacked.


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TECH FLASH

Large pipe applications drive Coriolis flowmeter market

Growth in energy markets has created a demand for the accuracy and reliability of Coriolis flowmeters

A new study from Flow Research Rapid says the use of Coriolis flowmeters in the food and beverage industry is growing because of their sanitary applications.


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TECH FLASH

CSIA tool helps lead clients to integrators, suppliers

The Control System Integrators Association has launched a new online search tool to improve the way industry members fill their automation needs

The Industrial Automation Exchange or “Exchange” consists of CSIA’s comprehensive directory of system integrators and suppliers.


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System Integration

System integration: Tales from the trenches

The players on the system manufacturing side may not be many, but system integrators are plentiful and use the products of companies such as Rockwell, Honeywell, Siemens, Schneider Electric, ABB, Fanuc and others to install custom solutions for them.


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TECH FLASH

China adopts EtherCAT as a national technology standard

The EtherCAT Technology Group called the announcement a new milestone for the organization which has grown substantially in China over the past few years

EtherCAT technology became an international IEC standard and a SEMI standard in 2007.


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TECH FLASH

ISA issues a call for abstracts

Authors, innovators and thought leaders are invited to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the 61st annual International Instrumentation Symposium

Topics for the submissions include instrumentation, data systems, communications and others.


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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

Webinar

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

4/7/14
Online!
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
Online!
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
Online!
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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Webinar

Flexible Design: Building for Tomorrow

11/13/14
Online!
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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DOCUMENTS AND FILES

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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Food Engineering

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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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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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