The digitalization journey for food and beverage processors relies on careful consideration of numerous factors to be a success. Among them are sensors to collect data, applications to manage that data, and cloud-based systems to help oversee the entire process.
If you're not embarking on the digital transformation journey, you'll be flying blind without the instrumentation and computing capabilities to keep you focused on producing quality, food-safe product and staying ahead of your competition.
It’s ironic that the Jeff Bezos, Amazon chief executive, who heads up one of the most cyber-secure cloud architectures in the world, had his own very private data hacked and used against him. But his sloppiness about personal security provides a warning message for us all. That is, we can build the most secure, impossible-to-hack network systems, but they can’t protect us from our own stupidity—sharing very personal data over systems that aren’t so private.
In food manufacturing, one of the most important challenges is ensuring complete hygiene at all steps in the process. For Minebea Intec, the subject of hygienic design has been the top priority for many years, a fact that continues to be apparent in the new systems introduced by the company.
In the last five years, augmented and virtual reality technologies have been making steady inroads to the manufacturing world, especially in finding useful applications in maintenance. Today, IIoT and Industry 4.0 technologies play an ever expanding role in maintenance.
Heineken Vietnam is a major beer producer in the Vietnamese domestic market, but it needed to increase its production significantly at its Tien Giang site in the south of Vietnam. The challenge: The brewer needed a quick, turnkey installation of a new canning line without upsetting existing operations.
Enter EPIC—a controller capable of handling analog and discrete I/O with direct connection to sensors and actuators, running real-time tasks on board and connecting safely to cloud-based and on-premises applications.
Beckhoff Automation LLC appointed Kevin Barker as its new president to manage Beckhoff business operations in the U.S. He assumes the role previously held by Aurelio Banda for four years. Banda led Beckhoff Automation revenue growth and business developments to new heights, finishing fiscal year 2018 with nearly $80 million in U.S. sales, new field offices and more employees.
Stefan Ranstrand, TOMRA Food’s president and chief executive officer, spoke at Fruit Logistica Berlin, describing his company’s vision for the future, its values and aspirations. He said that TOMRA can contribute to global sustainability while helping to reduce food waste and enhancing the technical and economic performance of food producers.