Wayne Labs has more than 20 years of editorial experience in industrial automation. He served as senior technical editor for I&CS/Control Solutions magazine for 18 years where he covered software, control system hardware and sensors/transmitters. Labs ran his own consulting business and contributed feature articles to Electronic Design, Control, Control Design, Industrial Networking and Food Engineering magazines. Before joining Food Engineering, he served as a senior technical editor for Omega Engineering Inc. Labs also worked in wireless systems and served as a field engineer for GE’s Mobile Communications Division and as a systems engineer for Bucks County Emergency Services. In addition to writing technical feature articles, Wayne covers FE’s Engineering R&D section.
Land O’Lakes has selected Beth Ford as president and CEO of one of America’s largest food and agricultural cooperatives. Ford will officially take over on August 1, to replace the retiring Chris Policinski.
In Part one of this article, published in the July 2018 issue of Food Engineering, we looked at the costs of reactive maintenance strategies, preventive maintenance (PM), risk-based PM strategies—and whether any form of PM could provide the depth-of-maintenance knowledge as that of a predictive maintenance (PdM) system. In the second part of this article, we’ll look at TPM, integrating CMMS and EAM systems with ERP systems, training and manpower issues and IIoT integration.
Enel X has signed an agreement with Ontario-based food packaging company Amhil North America for the installation and operation of a 2.34 MW/4.7 MWh lithium-ion, behind-the-meter energy storage system.
Indian dairy producer Creamy Foods Limited, located in the state of Uttar-Pradesh, has purchased GEA’s first Model BUE butter-making machine. The Model BUE 6000 will be brought into operation in February 2019 along with other allied equipment.
Brynwood Partners VII L.P. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a portfolio of brands from The J.M. Smucker Company (Smucker) for $375 million. The portfolio includes the exclusive US rights to Pillsbury brand’s shelf-stable baking products along with the Hungry Jack, White Lily, Jim Dandy and Martha White brands.
While the primary packaging of food and beverage products looks fantastic, once these packages enter a cardboard shipping container, they seem to lose their identity, their pizzazz—all the effort that went into the package and label design is lost in the plain old shipping carton. But it doesn’t have to be this way.