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Bird Control Group uses autonomous lasers to repel birds for California vineyard
April 26, 2018

Bird Control Group uses autonomous lasers to repel birds for California vineyard

Lasers are providing successful results at a vineyard in Sonoma County, California. This is the first time the laser bird repelling technology is used in California. Since adopting the robotic laser, the vineyard has achieved a 99.8 % bird reduction and annually saved around 25,000 USD.

Rockwell Automation helps Colorado State University automate new hands-on brewing lab
April 11, 2018

Rockwell Automation helps Colorado State University automate new hands-on brewing lab

The lab is part of CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology (FST) program. Support from both the university and members of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program was vital to getting the brewery operational.

Emerson helps Karma Culture create refrigeration-free probiotic beverages
October 02, 2017

Emerson helps Karma Culture create refrigeration-free probiotic beverages

Today, the KarmaCap manufacturing process features automated production using Emerson’s Branson SW300 servo-driven spin welders to produce caps that are free from the issues associated with snap-fit seals –improving production efficiency and eliminating nearly all rejects.

Regal Beloit enhances Sierra Nevada Brewery water efficiency with dry running conveyer system
September 05, 2017

Regal Beloit enhances Sierra Nevada Brewery water efficiency with dry running conveyer system

Sierra Nevada Brewery, located in Chico, Calif., retrofitted their keg line 16 months ago and has already saved approximately 1 million gallons of water through the use of the System Plast NG Evo dry-running technology, which runs without lubrication or water.

Schneider Electric helps Namibia Breweries enhance operational visibility and data collection
August 30, 2017

Schneider Electric helps Namibia Breweries enhance operational visibility and data collection

The Namibia brewing company implemented a Schneider Electric Information Management solution to consolidate data collection and optimize operational visibility across brewing operations.

CMR helps Singapore beverage plant install new process batch control system
August 28, 2017

CMR helps Singapore beverage plant install new process batch control system

The work, being undertaken at Yeo Hiap Seng’s (Yeo’s) tea, soft drinks and sauces production plant in Singapore, sees the development of a system using Siemens PCS7 batch technology for S-88 Standard compliance.

Rockwell Automation helps Tyson Foods update control and integration systems
June 30, 2017

Rockwell Automation helps Tyson Foods update control and integration systems

The operating system that supported the Tyson Foods' Wisconsin plant's human machine interface (HMI) application was facing obsolescence. The new solution is based on the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system that incorporates both the Logix control platform and FactoryTalk production management software

SignalFire and VEGA enhance remote monitoring for pizza production plant
April 11, 2017

SignalFire and VEGA enhance remote monitoring for pizza production plant

VEGA Americas and SignalFire Wireless Telemetry have teamed up to couple VEGAPULS69 radar level instruments with a SignalFire Remote Sensing System (SFRSS) to provide a wireless remote monitoring and control solution to track flour usage.

Adams Group chooses Inductive Automation's Ignition for SCADA in vegetable oil plant
March 27, 2017

Adams Group chooses Inductive Automation's Ignition for SCADA in vegetable oil plant

For supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) in its vegetable oil and grain plants, Adams uses Ignition by Inductive Automation. Ignition is an industrial applications platform with fully integrated tools for building SCADA, manufacturing execution system (MES), and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions.

ELNOR delivers automated coffee grinding for MAHLKÖNIG
January 27, 2017

ELNOR delivers automated coffee grinding for MAHLKÖNIG

To meet MAHLKÖNIG’s high-precision requirements, ELNOR ensures accurate production and assembly of its motor parts. Engineers from ELNOR perform geometric verification measurements on a CMM as well as noise and vibration investigations in its laboratory.

Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer's speed drives enhance energy efficiency for Dutch fishing vessel
January 26, 2017

Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer's speed drives enhance energy efficiency for Dutch fishing vessel

The solution comprises a number of Unidrive M variable speed drives, along with motors, transformers, brake resistors, rectifier units and generators.

Magic Software's Magic xpi platform fosters application integration for Suntory Food & Beverage
November 30, 2016

Magic Software's Magic xpi platform fosters application integration for Suntory Food & Beverage

On the look out to replace its existing ETL solution with an EAI solution, Orangina Suntory France implemented a first project using the Magic xpi Integration Platform to connect the French group’s CRM and ERP applications.

Egemin to build third automated warehouse for potato products manufacturer Agristo
November 18, 2016

Egemin to build third automated warehouse for potato products manufacturer Agristo

The fully automated deep freeze warehouse will be built in Wielsbeke (90 km West of Brussels) on a 25-hectare lot. Alongside the storage facilities, Agristo is also erecting production buildings and green zones.

Gainco chooses noax to implement industrial HMI in poultry plant
November 14, 2016

Gainco chooses noax to implement industrial HMI in poultry plant

Gainco had strict requirements when it came to choosing an industrial touchscreen computer. After considering different options, Gainco chose the noax S15 PC with the N11 mainboard.

Siemens helps chewing gum factory integrate disparate automation systems
October 31, 2016

Siemens helps chewing gum factory integrate disparate automation systems

The confectioner needed to upgrade its chewing gum sheeter machines, with a retrofit of servomotor and drive technologies as well as implementation of fully-integrated systems

Emerson's Unidrive 600M boosts sugar delivery at Thai plant
October 25, 2016

Emerson's Unidrive 600M boosts sugar delivery at Thai plant

Mitr Phol Sugar Corp is the largest sugar producer in Thailand today, the biggest in Asia and the world’s fourth largest, producing 2 million tons of sugar a year from its various plants.

Country Maid turns to Rockwell Automation to automate production
September 28, 2016

Country Maid turns to Rockwell Automation to automate production

Country Maid had to add an additional line to help meet demand. They could either replace their mixer with a larger one, which would require expanding their facility to accommodate its size, or they could install a smaller new mixer with the new additional automated line.

Phoenix Contact helps Formak automate production
September 27, 2016

Phoenix Contact helps Formak automate production

Forpak, an OEM in the food packaging industry, wanted to minimize cabinet space and reduce labor costs. While working with Phoenix Contact, Forpak discovered the company’s push-in technology

Inex dairy chooses Leroy-Somer motors to drive eneergy savings
September 09, 2016

Inex dairy chooses Leroy-Somer motors to drive eneergy savings

A Belgium-based producer of dairy products, Inex is achieving minimum energy savings of at least 18% from its refrigeration process as a result of switching to Dyneo permanent magnet motor technology from Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer. .

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Control Techniques magnet motor reduces energy usage for dairy producer
August 19, 2016

Control Techniques magnet motor reduces energy usage for dairy producer

The solution, which also features a Leroy-Somer Powerdrive high-power modular drive, is being used in an industrial refrigeration system that cools milk after pasteurisation or sterilisation.

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Cognex and Carter Controls provide automatic ID readers for vitamin retailer warehouse
August 18, 2016

Cognex and Carter Controls provide automatic ID readers for vitamin retailer warehouse

The challenge for the integrator that designed and installed the automation system was to find an ID reader that could deliver near 100% read rates, handle line speeds of 30 packages per minute. They chose the Cognex DataMan 300 image-based ID reader

Heaven Hill Brands selects Westfalia Technologies to automate Bardstown facility
July 25, 2016

Heaven Hill Brands selects Westfalia Technologies to automate Bardstown facility

Using Westfalia’s automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) integrated with a layer pick system, Heaven Hill will optimize the storage and processing of full pallet and layer-picked orders of liquor products.

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Surlean Foods chooses noax' industrial hardware for weighing and packaging in custom-food manufacturing
July 22, 2016

Surlean Foods chooses noax' industrial hardware for weighing and packaging in custom-food manufacturing

To meet customers’ complex custom-batch processing requirements, Surlean Foods chose noax industrial touchscreen computers to support their business operations.

Rockwell Automation Delivers Fully Automated Control System for SAB Maltings
April 07, 2016

Rockwell Automation Delivers Fully Automated Control System for SAB Maltings

The new control system will integrate traditionally disparate, malt-production processes into a single, networked, EtherNet/IP-based solution to provide plant-wide visibility and actionable data from the malting plant’s production floor to SAB’s top floor.

Inverter drive cuts the cost of automation
December 18, 2015

Inverter drive cuts the cost of automation

Process and Control Today
Bottle and pouch fillers with electronic adjustment for filling volume offer important benefits over machines with manual adjustment but, until now, higher cost has limited their adoption. In the latest IMSB machines, however, an Eaton inverter drive replaces the costly servo-controlled filling system, making these novel machines much more affordable.

Noax PCs track fish at Acme Smoked Fish
November 17, 2015

Noax PCs track fish at Acme Smoked Fish

Acme needed an industrial computer that was designed to operate reliably in the toughest conditions—a salmon processing plant.

Robot anchors new keg line
August 24, 2015

Robot anchors new keg line

Packaging World
Asahi Premium Beverages (APB) of Melbourne, Australia, installed an Innopal RK 6 robot, which handles both palletizing and depalletizing of kegs. It’s capable of handling kegs from 10 to 58 L.

CAT<sup>2</sup> uses noax IPCs for food processing
August 21, 2015

CAT2 uses noax IPCs for food processing

CAT 2 is a software company specializing in farm-to-fork traceability for the beef, pork, poultry, turkey, seafood, egg, and produce industries.

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Egemin AGVs to uncork operations at DKF
August 19, 2015

Egemin AGVs to uncork operations at DKF

Delmenhorster Kork-Fabrik will install AGVs to convey empty containers to a filling station and collect them once the production machines have filled them with corks.

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Emerson Industrial will drive champagne
August 05, 2015

Emerson Industrial will drive champagne

After replacing one conveyor drive system, Emerson will supply drives for all conveyors at Nicolas Feuillatte, a champagne producer.

Patti Engineering controls Hill Country Bakery
February 27, 2015

Patti Engineering controls Hill Country Bakery

Patti provided engineering, design and implementation of an automated temperature monitoring system.

Drive systems show their sweet side
January 19, 2015

Drive systems show their sweet side

Process & Control Engineering
Zotter Schokoladen’s chocolate factory in Austria uses geared motors from Nord Drivesystems for conveying, mixing and pumping tasks.

PLC adds value to modernised rice filling machine
December 29, 2014

PLC adds value to modernised rice filling machine

Control Engineering Europe
When it needed to modernise an outdated rice-filling machine, Impasa Automation chose the Samba SM35-J-T20, from Unitronics. The drum sequencer command and the high-speed encoder inputs of the PLC were key ingredients that helped make automating this machine easy and effective.

Wagner-Meinert uses EPLAN to design food industry systems
December 18, 2014

Wagner-Meinert uses EPLAN to design food industry systems

Wagner-Meinert specializes in the design and construction of ammonia refrigeration systems, HVAC, as well as steam and compressed air systems.

King's Hawaiian standardizes on Rockwell Automation
December 14, 2014

King's Hawaiian standardizes on Rockwell Automation

By Rockwell Automation
King's Hawaiian had reached capacity at its California factory and bakery. Bachelor Controls created an architecture that got new equipment up and running in 10 months, while laying the groundwork for information gathering and sharing throughout the enterprise.

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Westfalia Automates Southern Wine & Spirits
December 11, 2014

Westfalia Automates Southern Wine & Spirits

Using an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) and Savanna.NET warehousing software, the facility stores 24,750 pallets and is equipped for pallet storage up to 10 pallets deep.

HMI simplifies FDA and USDA compliance reporting
November 25, 2014

HMI simplifies FDA and USDA compliance reporting

By: Julio Delgado, Stock America
HMI software from InduSoft provides eSignatures, database connectivity and other features vital to proper process validation and compliance with food and pharmaceutical regulations.

Mettler Toledo provides Hygienic Scales to Chinese food plant
November 17, 2014

Mettler Toledo provides Hygienic Scales to Chinese food plant

WH Group, China’s market leader for meat and pork products, invested in hygienically designed bench scales to stay ahead of competition and to further enhance food safety in its production facilities.

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Vision helps robot pack cereal packets
October 26, 2014

Vision helps robot pack cereal packets

Vision Systems Design
To correctly place packages of cereal in buckets prior to packaging, AFA Systems installed a vision-based system at an unnamed cereal plant that uses a smart camera coupled with a robotic pick and place system.

Vision makes light work of egg case palletizing
October 26, 2014

Vision makes light work of egg case palletizing

Vision Systems Design
A Datalogic M150 color camera fitted with a 28mm lens captures images of cartons of eggs packed into boxes as they move under the vision system at a rate of 30 cases per minute. Data from the camera is then transferred to a Datalogic MX40 embedded vision processor over a Power over Ethernet interface for analysis.

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