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Traceable Trust with Trust-Free Tech
October 16, 2019

Traceable Trust with Trust-Free Tech

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
While Bitcoin itself has divided many and attracted criticism, the technology that it is built upon, the blockchain, has garnered significant interest due to its promise of immutable digital record-keeping. This article explains why the emerging technology stores the key to greater traceability and reduced food wastage.

Gourmet Mass Production
September 12, 2019

Gourmet Mass Production

By Darcy Simonis, ABB Food and Beverage
Gourmet food or haute cuisine is expected in high-end restaurants.Recently this style of cuisine has started to feed into daily cuisine choices, with more processed foods going gourmet. This article explains how manufacturers can get on board with this new trend.

Sensing The Rise of Vertical Farming
August 28, 2019

Sensing The Rise of Vertical Farming

By Darcy Simonis, ABB Food and Beverage
Vertical farming is the process of food being produced in vertically stacked layers, instead of on a single level such as in a field or greenhouse. The layers are commonly integrated into urban structures like skyscrapers, shipping containers and repurposed warehouses.

The Meat Retreat
August 14, 2019

The Meat Retreat

By Darcy Simonis, ABB Food and Beverage
While many of us are cutting animal products from out diets, it is vital the manufacturers adapt and work closely with their customers to develop a transparent, secure and efficient process.

Food Date Confusion and Traceability: Reducing waste in food manufacturing
July 18, 2019

Food Date Confusion and Traceability: Reducing waste in food manufacturing

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
This article discusses how food manufacturers can help reduce consumer food waste due to label confusion.

Customization in Food Manufacturing
July 10, 2019

Customization in Food Manufacturing

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article explains how the future of food manufacturing will facilitate the same level of customization, automatically.

Cooling Tower Optimization
June 27, 2019

Cooling Tower Optimization

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Food and beverage production requires a large range of temperatures. This means that plants must have effective cooling systems to deal with the excess heat. Removing the excess heat from the system requires a cooling tower, however, traditional designs require frequent maintenance

2018 Salary Survey Results:  The pay raise engineers have been waiting for
April 22, 2019

2018 Salary Survey Results: The pay raise engineers have been waiting for

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
The financial situation of the average automation engineer got a nice boost in 2018. With the need for experienced professionals still growing, we anticipate the demand to remain strong for engineers for the foreseeable future, with a great deal of opportunity for young graduates and those who are interested in a STEM career.

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant
March 19, 2019

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Anyone who uses social media will know how prevalent pictures of food are. This article looks at how the impact of social media is changing the priorities of food and beverage managers.

Predicting the Future of Industrial Maintenance
February 19, 2019

Predicting the Future of Industrial Maintenance

By Gernut van Laak, Group Automation Solutions Leader, ABB Food and Beverage
The need for factory maintenance often goes unnoticed. This article explains how plant managers can budget for maintenance and ensure optimum efficiency for all processes.

Managing Compliance in Food Production
January 23, 2019

Managing Compliance in Food Production

By Dominique Stucki, ABB Control Technology
There was widespread panic across Europe in mid-2017 when millions of eggs were recalled due to being contaminated with Fipronil — a highly toxic insecticide that is banned in the EU.

Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry
January 10, 2019

Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry

By Robert Glass, ABB
Digitalization encompasses a transformation in the way industrial environments work. For the food and beverage industry, this means companies can better comply with legislation through a transformation in areas including connectivity, smart sensors, traceability, cloud computing and monitoring.

Exploring the World of Virtual Commissioning
June 19, 2018

Exploring the World of Virtual Commissioning

By Robert Glass, ABB
Industry 4.0 continues to open up new opportunities across food and beverage manufacturing. Virtual commissioning is one of these key technologies. This article explores the concept of virtual commissioning and how system testing can benefit the food industry.

Automating the Food and Drink Industry
June 04, 2018

Automating the Food and Drink Industry

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Many industries have already made the jump to automated processes. However, it’s only been in recent years that the food and beverage industry has begun to truly explore what automation and robotic technology has to offer.

Going Plastic-Free: Exploring the world of sustainable food packaging
May 14, 2018

Going Plastic-Free: Exploring the world of sustainable food packaging

By Robert Glass, ABB
Recently, Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza opened the world’s first plastic-free aisle in one of its stores in Amsterdam. More supermarkets will likely follow. Will food manufacturers will need to rethink their food packaging materials?

Robots and Drones: Addressing agriculture's long-term  structural challenges
April 26, 2018

Robots and Drones: Addressing agriculture's long-term structural challenges

By Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, IDTechEx
Agriculture is facing major long-term challenges. Some forecasts suggest that world population is set to grow by 2.3 billion by 2050. This, together with rising global income levels that typically increase food demand per capital, would require raising food production in 2050 by 70% compared to 2005 levels.

Taking Control of Sugar Plant Emissions
March 23, 2018

Taking Control of Sugar Plant Emissions

By Robert Glass, ABB
It’s widely understood that improving the efficiency of equipment and processes will make a business more competitive and reduce operational costs. This article explains how to reduce sugar plant carbon emissions.

Helping Houston Heal from Harvey: Charity options for hurricane relief
September 01, 2017

Helping Houston Heal from Harvey: Charity options for hurricane relief

Many of us know well many Texans who are dealing with ravaging flood waters and displacement from their homes. We all want to aid our friends in the Houston area, so if you’re looking for ways to help, anywhere in the world, here are just a few of the charities that are currently focused on helping Houston heal from Harvey.

How to Keep Your Manufacturing Process Secure
August 02, 2017

How to Keep Your Manufacturing Process Secure

By Robert Glass, ABB
As food manufacturing plants become more connected through the Industrial Internt of Things (IIoT), the threat of cyber-attacks and how much damage they can do, has increased. This article offers advice on how to ensure your manufacturing process is kept secure.

The Farm Of The Future is Here
July 06, 2017

The Farm Of The Future is Here

By Aniket Maindarkar, Infosys
The food and farming industries are embracing technological solutions that support sustainable farming and processing. When done well, these innovations can cut costs, promote efficiency, and increase consumer trust by providing transparency into the food supply chain.