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Food & Beverage

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Help for the Most Difficult Type of Manufacturing

Abnormal situation management for continuous processing is normal operating procedure for batch processing. A new starter kit from Rockwell Automation can give batch control programmers a leg up on coding the complicated starts, stops and holding steps in food, beverage and pharma process operations.
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Low moisture foods include nuts, cereals, chocolate and more.
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Hygienic Equipment Design for Low Moisture Foods

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), founded in 2011 by PMMI—The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, brings together CPG production and engineering professionals with suppliers to address issues of common concern. Their latest guidance document covers hygienic equipment for low moisture foods.
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Batch Operations and Asset Management Improved by Integration

The Software business of Schneider Electric, which encompasses the company’s operations management, asset management and operations integration product lines, is combining technologies to enable better data-driven decisions. The company has also added Simio simulation-based scheduling to its MES offerings.
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Schneider: Variable Speed Drives

Altivar Process drives are aimed at process applications.
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How New Belgium Brewing Reduced Downtime and Increased Efficiency with Wonderware MES

After discovering its bottling line was only producing at 50 percent of capacity, New Belgium Brewing applied Wonderware MES to address the problem and generated additional production benefits in the
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Bacon is basted and cooked in its own juices in a spiral oven, providing the appearance of a pan-fried product. Source: Unitherm
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More and Better Bacon

A spiral convection oven provides compelling advantages over linear microwave ovens, mass-producing products that look and taste like they were pan-fried at home. Food processors also like the footprint and energy savings.
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Beumer: Friction Wheel Drive System for Bag and Package Sorters

The OptiDrive BS25/55 is an alternative to the asynchronous linear motor drives used previously.
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Cognex: Barcode Reader Performance-Monitoring System

The Cognex Explorer Real Time Monitoring system gives facility managers data that removes system defects and optimizes processes.
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Belden: Ruggedized Distribution Boxes

Lumberg Automation's passive ASB-R distribution boxes enable reliable wiring of actuators and sensors.
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Robomotion is interested in 3D printing end effector tooling.
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Cabinet-Free Packaging Machines?

Label printing, 3D printing and cabinet free packaging machines are among the trends in packaging machinery automation that blogger and contributing editor Keith Campbell described discovered at the interpack 2014 show in Dusseldorf, Germany, this fall.
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