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Getting Your Money's Worth: Reducing the cost of owning a motor
January 15, 2020

Getting Your Money's Worth: Reducing the cost of owning a motor

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
An electric motor is a device that converts electrical energy into rotary kinetic energy, powering many diverse processes like a drive, fan, pump or conveyor belt. Each process requires a specific motor, with specialised characteristics for each unique function. This article explores the best ways of reducing costs related to running a motor.

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Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry
January 08, 2020

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry

By Darcy Simonis, ABB food and beverage
Many manufacturers are turning to new technology to help them keep up. This article discusses the technology being used and the impact it is having on the industry.

Digital Technologies in the Supply Chain
November 21, 2019

Digital Technologies in the Supply Chain

By Jonathan Wilkins, director, EU Automation
Errors in the pharmaceutical supply chain can lead to late delivery, increased costs and poor-quality products, which can have a detrimental impact on consumers. This article explains how organizations can use digital technologies to improve the pharmaceutical supplychain and minimize the risk of errors.

Reducing the Risk of Recalls
November 18, 2019

Reducing the Risk of Recalls

By Darcy Simonis, ABB food and beverage
With research showing that only 21 per cent of all product recalls over the last decade were detected by the company themselves, it is more important than ever that food and beverage manufacturers review and prevent contamination and mislabeling. This article explores the rise of recalls and what food companies can do to mitigate this alarming trend.

Inside the Integration at Milwaukee’s New Fiserv Forum Sports & Entertainment Complex
November 05, 2019

Inside the Integration at Milwaukee’s New Fiserv Forum Sports & Entertainment Complex

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Since it’s opening in August of 2018, Fiserv Forum has quickly become home to many passionate Milwaukee Bucks basketball fans. Yet, aside from the on-court product, the new entertainment and sports center in downtown Milwaukee is an integrated facility, working to enhance fan experience, comfort and safety.

Fast-Growing Small Manufacturers Transformed with Automated Inventory Control
October 25, 2019

Fast-Growing Small Manufacturers Transformed with Automated Inventory Control

By Thomas R. Cutler
Only when a small manufacturer has a grasp on operation elements can the promise of lean manufacturing and continuous process improvement be realized

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.

Smart Buildings & IoT: Consider the Connective Security Risks
October 02, 2019

Smart Buildings & IoT: Consider the Connective Security Risks

By Andrea Carcano, Nozomi Networks
Recent research and experience in the modern world have shown that when things connect to the internet, they become a target for malicious hackers. It is imperative that smart building operators make security a priority.

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.

Democratized Analytics Guides Industry 4.0
September 04, 2019

Democratized Analytics Guides Industry 4.0

By Edwin van Dijk, TrendMiner
Business outcomes can be controlled at each level of an organization by using applied analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. It's all about aligning business objectives with direct business outcomes across departments, all while growing production knowledge.

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.

Steps to Accessing the Value of the Digital Twin
August 08, 2019

Steps to Accessing the Value of the Digital Twin

By Eric Green, Dassault Systèmes
Across all industries, there is increasing discussion regarding the benefits of implementing a digital twin. At its simplest, a digital twin is a virtual model of a process, product or service -- but not just a static model.

Moving Beyond Prototypes: Is 3D printing the answer for the manufacture of safety-critical vehicle parts?
July 24, 2019

Moving Beyond Prototypes: Is 3D printing the answer for the manufacture of safety-critical vehicle parts?

By Kostas Poulios, Pailton Engineering
This article explains how 3D printing is used in large vehicle manufacturing and whether this method could play a role in the production of safety critical parts.

2018 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable (PAR) Insights – Survey
July 22, 2019

2018 Pharmaceutical Automation Roundtable (PAR) Insights – Survey

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PAR meetings to represent one of the most knowledgeable groups of automation professionals gathered in one place, at any one time, to discuss automation issues, and the 2018 event was no exception.

Looking at Automated Dynamic Warehouse Solutions
July 19, 2019

Looking at Automated Dynamic Warehouse Solutions

By Frank Charles Cozza, Gondola Skate
The ability to move pallet racking units of any type in as little as fifteen minutes with as few as four employees, is the new definition of an “automated warehouse.”

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

Inside the Automated Process of Automatic Truck Loading Systems (ATLS)
June 14, 2019

Inside the Automated Process of Automatic Truck Loading Systems (ATLS)

By Jack Smylie, Ancra Systems
Automatic truck (un)loading systems, also known as ATLS, moves product from standard systems to customized solutions. Geared to industry sector applications and uniquely calculated to meet logistic requirements, streamlining trailer loading and unloading processes worldwide captures the core lean manufacturing principle of eliminating waste.