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We’re past the point of deciding whether industrial networks are necessary. In fact, many of the networks currently in place have been supporting plant operations for a dozen years or more. Now, it seems, many plant managers are considering upgrades and improvements to support safety applications, improve efficiency and productivity, allow better access, and make the facility cybersecure.Full Post
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Despite low-carb trends, Americans love their potatoes and—from roasted redskins to fries, wedges and chips—and food makers keep coming up with new ways to use them. According to www.potatogoodness.com, food processors saw a 30 percent volume increase in the demand for such specialty potatoes between 2011 and 2012. To keep up with demand, potato processors have turned to automation to help streamline operations and reduce human error.Full Post
Loring Smart Roast, Inc. is a manufacturer of coffee roasters known for providing precision control and energy-efficient roasting. Even with a long history of developing roasters that produce award-winning coffee, the company continues to engineer for improvement. Its most recent goal: take operator productivity, connectivity and efficiency to the next level of operational excellence.
The closed-loop roasting environment of Loring’s trademarked Flavor-Lock Roast Process technology eliminates the need for an afterburner and produces “a cleaner, brighter cup of coffee,” said founder Mark Ludwig. Its low oxygen environment preserves coffee flavor and the technology eliminates smoke and reduces CO2 emissions, he says.Full Post
Designers of packaging machines and other motion-intensive equipment have to sort through a lot of technology—motors, drives, control systems—to find the right solution to their application needs, even as the technology evolves. One of Automation World’s most well-read articles in 2013, for example, was a practical guide to choosing between pneumatic and electric actuators.Full Post