John Cray, principal consultant at Life Cycle Engineering with 40+ years of experience with plant maintenance, speaks with managing editor Samantha Russo about tips for keeping your facility in shape. In this episode, Cray shares how to plan ahead and react to the unexpected, utilizing CMMS systems and a few horror stories.
Emerson’s E3 controller allowed the Food Bank of Alaska to become modernized with minimal repairs and upgrades, even in the harsh climate.
June 29, 2023
When COVID-19 began spreading across America, the Food Bank of Alaska in Anchorage quickly became overwhelmed. The organization had been making the best of outdated equipment in a remote location for many years, often dealing with breakdowns that led to significant losses of perishable food items. But, as the pandemic brought many longstanding issues to a head, it became clear that a permanent solution needed to be found.
Like a 15th century expression, “Children should be seen but not heard,” artificial intelligence (AI) is typically an embedded software technology that operates quietly behind the scenes keeping a production or packaging system running smoothly—and is silent unless something goes out of control and is not easily corrected. Then, the system sounds an alarm, possibly shutting down the process until the problem—which AI has already identified—is remedied by humans.
Small and mid-size processors have experienced first-hand the value of automation, but are failing to take advantage of one important side benefit: data intelligence.
October 1, 2021
Data is valuable because it helps manufacturers make better decisions. But there’s a big difference between collecting data and being able to actually use it. If you don’t have a system in place to be able to understand what the data is telling you, then you’re going to be overwhelmed by it.