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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.

The Cost of Functional Safety for Food Processing
March 29, 2017

The Cost of Functional Safety for Food Processing

By Jorgen Saxeryd, ABB
In 2014 in the UK, a large food manufacturer had to pay a £800,000 fine after a serious industrial accident. This article explains how safety procedures must be developed in food processing plants.

Solving Food Manufacturing Labor Shortages Through Robotic Automation
March 22, 2017

Solving Food Manufacturing Labor Shortages Through Robotic Automation

By Maria Ferrante, PMMI
PMMI had a chance to speak about new technologies and trends in automation with Don Wickstrum, president and owner of Quest Industrial, a robotics integrator based in Monroe, Wisconsin. Wickstrum will present an Innovation Stage seminar at the inaugural ProFood Tech (April 4-6; McCormick Place, Chicago) on how robotics can fill the labor shortage in the food industry.

How Your Automation Infrastructure Can Meet Demand for Quality Ingredients
February 22, 2017

How Your Automation Infrastructure Can Meet Demand for Quality Ingredients

By Dave Sharpe, Rockwell Automation
Whole and healthy ingredients can create obstacles in production, while ingredient transparency is also an issue. Luckily, an automation infrastructure that lets IT and OT communicate can solve many of these complications

Automating Traceability Getting Easier
August 15, 2016

Automating Traceability Getting Easier

By Thomas Cutler, Manufacturing Media Consortium
Traceability challenges surface in many different forms throughout lean manufacturing and warehousing processes. Leveraging automation and data technology can help make this process easier

Selecting Valves to Improve Process Cooling in Winemaking
November 05, 2015

Selecting Valves to Improve Process Cooling in Winemaking

By Scott Cameron, ASCO Numatics
Several types of valves are used to control cooling in the fermentation stage of industrial winemaking. The wine cooling process itself is fairly straightforward. But examining that process may highlight how valves can function as surprisingly important ingredients in improving a wide variety of cooling applications.

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A New Way to Move Products
July 07, 2015

A New Way to Move Products

By Oliver Haya and Erik Myers, Rockwell Automation
Manufacturers and packaging contractors are constantly striving to locate a cost-effective and flexible way to increase productivity in their packaging operations, while also economizing their floor space. Traditional linear moving systems rarely meet all the criteria. The intelligent modular track systems offer greater flexibility and energy efficiency, and lower operating and maintenance costs.

Keeping computing systems in food plants clean
May 24, 2015

Keeping computing systems in food plants clean

What’s New in Process Technology
By Glenn Johnson
The deployment of computer equipment in washdown environments presents a particular set of options and trade-offs to the system designer. One key issue is whether to specify a sealed, industrially hardened computer that’s ready to deploy in a washdown environment or to specify an appropriately sealed industrial enclosure.