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ARTICLES

TECH FLASH

Industrial packaging manufacturers look to innovation to keep prices down

Low-cost recycled materials and new logistics strategies are helping manufacturers deal with new challenges.
March 26, 2014

A serious supply shortage is placing pressure on manufacturers.


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TECH FLASH

Case history: Yeast foam detected, overflow stopped

Yeast is an essential ingredient of the fermentation process for brewers, but it can also be a problem for the brewery.
March 26, 2014
Recently, Baumer helped the Carlsberg brewery solve a problem with leftover yeast from the fermentation process by using the CleverLevel switch.
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TECH FLASH

White House cybersecurity officials to speak at April seminar

The event is sponsored by the Automation Federation, ISA and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center.
March 26, 2014

Administration officials will discuss the recently unveiled US Cybersecurity Framework.


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ISA announces Cybersecurity Conference for June 2014

The conference will be held from June 9-14 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.
March 26, 2014
It will be held as a sub-conference of THE BIG M Manufacturing Convergence.
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TECH FLASH

Control System Integrators Association Conference announces 2014 dates

CSIA’s conference is expected to draw more than 400 control system integration professionals from the US, Canada, Latin America and abroad.
March 12, 2014

Experts and members will speak on a variety of topics in 20 informational sessions.


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TECH FLASH

ISA to introduce Process Automation Boot Camp for non-maintenance personnel

The program will make its 2014 debut during the week of Monday, March 31, 2014 at ISA headquarters.
March 12, 2014

The program is designed for non-maintenance personnel with little or no background in the field of process measurement and control.


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Automation

Cost containment: Using automation to help stop leaks

Everywhere you look, your cash flow is hemorrhaging. Integrated automation systems can show you where to start applying tourniquets.
March 8, 2014

 You may be able to use a spreadsheet or home accounting program to get your household finances in order. But, there are so many places for cash to evaporate in a food or beverage plant, that unless you are using an integrated software system to track and focus every process, you may never know if leaks exist. 


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TECH FLASH

AIOE releases OEE Opportunity Calculator to track productivity gains

OEE is a commonly adopted KPI, and companies should continue to look for productivity improvement opportunities even after its adoption.
February 26, 2014

Understanding the relationship between OEE and improvement is essential.


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TECH FLASH

NIST releases voluntary National Cybersecurity Framework

The voluntary framework was compiled at the direction of the Obama administration.
February 26, 2014
Over 3,000 stakeholder individuals and organizations contributed.
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TECH FLASH

What you need to know about the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The industrial automation industry could be on the verge of a new era of highly efficient, flexible and customizable mass production.
February 26, 2014
A new trend toward flexibility and customization in manufacturing is emerging.
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IMAGE GALLERIES

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2013

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

PRODUCTS

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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
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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DOCUMENTS AND FILES

Electronic Capital Expenditure

May 8, 2012
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.

Multimedia

Videos

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Fabulous Food Plant: Paramount Citrus

Learn more about this fabulous food plant in Food Engineering's article, found here.

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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THE MAGAZINE

Food Engineering Magazine

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2014 April

Catch a preview of the Powder and Bulk Show in this April 2014 edition of Food Engineering. Also, be sure to check out a coffee stick making a real stir and a major advancement in the the pet food industry.
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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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