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  • FEI Foods Increases Production to Meet Worldwide Demand with Movicon.NExT™︎ Platform

    Hello everyone. I’m Ajay Rana and recently, in an article in Food Manufacturing , I had the opportunity to talk about an interesting case study with FEI Foods, Europe’s largest producer of ready-to-eat rice and grain pouches, based in South Wales, UK. I think it has some good information for any plant. Due to demand, FEI Foods’ existing production facilities had been operating at full capacity for several years, which…
  • Food and Beverage Manufacturer Integrates Islands of Automation with Connext™︎ Platform

    Connecting highly disparate machines that exist in separate operating entities in a manufacturing plant could save many companies substantial time and money, but pressing production schedules and the status quo of existing procedures often hold them back. A large food and beverage production facility in Italy was faced with these “islands of automation,” with 32 machines that were all essential to the process and that…
  • Food and Beverage Manufacturer Integrates Islands of Automation with Connext™︎ Platform

    Connecting highly disparate machines that exist in separate operating entities in a manufacturing plant could save many companies substantial time and money, but pressing production schedules and the status quo of existing procedures often hold them back. A large food and beverage production facility in Italy was faced with these “islands of automation,” with 32 machines that were all essential to the process and that…
  • Choosing the Right HMI is Critical in Food Processing

    In the food processing industry, users choose human machine interfaces (HMI) based on their potential to make operational performance improvements, which generally means the HMI needs to be easy to use. Ease of use supports increased operator efficiency and productivity. But with today’s technology advances, there’s lots more to think about. I recently got to discuss this in an article in Food Processing. Here are some…
  • Edge Control Technology Eliminates Downtime During Critical Sugar Harvest

    Like many other industries, food and beverage companies are often “rock and a hard place” enterprises. They need technology upgrades, but have such tight margins, every proposed change must be justified with precise ROI. One such company is Raceland Sugar, a major U.S. processor of sugar cane. Sugar cane processing occurs periodically over 12 months, usually once per year. The raw material is perishable, and the harvested…
  • Edge Control Technology Eliminates Downtime During Critical Sugar Harvest

    Like many other industries, food and beverage companies are often “rock and a hard place” enterprises. They need technology upgrades, but have such tight margins, every proposed change must be justified with precise ROI. One such company is Raceland Sugar, a major U.S. processor of sugar cane. Sugar cane processing occurs periodically over 12 months, usually once per year. The raw material is perishable, and the harvested…
  • Increasing Efficiency in Sugar Production

    Sugar can derive from two different plant sources: sugar beets and sugar cane. The first ones are harvested in mid to late autumn when sugar content peaks. The leafy beet tops are sliced off and the roots are lifted out of the ground with special harvesting equipment. The harvested sugar beets are trucked from the field and are likely taken to a receiving station. The extraction of sugar from sugar beets is done in…
  • Reduce Waste & Increase Efficiency in Clean-in-Place Processes

    While the idea of adding costs to a food and beverage or pharmaceutical industry process like Clean-in-Place/Steam-in-Place (CIP/SIP) has not traditionally been an easy decision, in today’s industrial environment that has changed. With the retirement of experts, the lack of availability of workers, the increase in materials costs and narrowness of margins, the principal way for food and beverage and pharma companies to…
  • Reduce Waste & Increase Efficiency in Clean-in-Place Processes

    While the idea of adding costs to a food and beverage or pharmaceutical industry process like Clean-in-Place/Steam-in-Place (CIP/SIP) has not traditionally been an easy decision, in today’s industrial environment that has changed. With the retirement of experts, the lack of availability of workers, the increase in materials costs and narrowness of margins, the principal way for food and beverage and pharma companies to…
  • Tips for Optimizing Food and Beverage Production

    For food & beverage producers, improving performance means maximizing production, ensuring quality, increasing reliability and improving overall sustainability. A short 2-page article, 4 Tips to Optimize Your Food & Beverage Production highlights some ways to drive these performance improvements. The four tips include: Monitor machine health using analytics Optimize your existing equipment Leverage smart sensing…
  • Optimum Fermentation Requires Proper Valve Selection in Fluid Automation

    The alcohol business is booming. The explosion of craft beers, demand for new wine blends and rise of international distilleries mean consumers now have more choices than ever. No matter the size, beverage manufacturers need to make sure their products maintain the same high levels of quality and taste. The key lies in the fermentation process, which requires precise temperature control to ensure quality, consistency…
  • Food Packaging Automation Trends in 2022

    Authors: Tom Voth and Christine Hoffman The convenience of packaged food and beverages continues to drive growth in this industry. In fact, the U.S packaged food market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.1% from 2021 to 2028. The automation of food packaging processes has helped companies keep up with demand and ensure packaged food is fresh for customers. One of the primary technologies used…
  • Achieve Speed and Accuracy in Food & Beverage Packaging Leak Detection

    In a Food Engineering article , Emerson’s Jason Mitchell looks at the importance of detecting packaging leaks in food and beverage operations. Ensuring the seal integrity of food & beverage packaged goods is critical to product quality control and mitigation of product recalls and returns. Quality problems can subject companies to additional costs and regulations, as well as damage to their reputation. However, traditional…
  • The Rosemount™︎ 1408 helps to optimize food and beverage applications

    In the food and beverage industry, the ability to accurately and reliably measure the level of materials in storage tanks and process vessels is essential, as it helps to reduce product loss and maximize production capability. Manufacturers also need to consider vital criteria, such as compliance with the industry’s stringent hygiene and food safety standards and compatibility with the process conditions and tank layout…
  • Level Instrumentation for the Brewing Industry

    In today’s highly competitive and rapidly evolving market, brewing operations are in constant need of improving production throughput and flexibility, while reducing costs and meeting sustainability targets. An excessive amount of downtime and a lack of flexibility can increase operating costs, and product losses or inefficient energy usages can also erode an operation’s profitability. Additionally, inefficient processes…
  • Hygienic Level Instrumentation for Applications in the Dairy Industry

    Processes within the dairy industry have evolved into more specialized and refined procedures, but underlying principles involved in the manufacturing of dairy products, such as yogurt, milk, ice cream or cheese, have remained the same over the years. Dairy manufacturers need to ensure plant availability and  reduce product loss by increasing the efficiency of processes and enhancing production capabilities. Innovative…
  • Sustainability in the Dairy Industry

    The dairy industry has experienced volatility over the past many years. As noted in a MSD MANUAL Veterinary Manual article, The State of the Dairy Industry : The dairy industry is in a period of economic volatility of historic proportions. An era of modest fluctuation in milk and feed pricing in the late 1990s to the early 2000s was followed by increases in milk prices not seen before. The period of high dairy profitability…
  • Giving More People Instant Access to Critical Tank Data via Mobile Devices

    Mobile software solutions are now enabling a broader range of job functions to gain immediate, secure access to up-to-date tank data. Being able to instantly access up-to-date critical tank data is vital for many stakeholders in the tank storage and terminals industry. This includes operations and maintenance workers, finance departments, management and corporate level personnel, as well as suppliers, customers, traders…
  • Food & Beverage Measurement Solutions for Rapidly Changing Market Challenges

    Maximize product quality batch after batch The food and beverage industry continually face market challenges due to increased demand for product differentiation, while trying to improve operational efficiency and reducing costs. Meeting these needs requires balancing profitability of core products without reducing productivity in others. Companies must seek new ways to achieve operational excellence to remain competitive…
  • Food & Beverage Measurement Solutions for Rapidly Changing Market Challenges

    Maximize product quality batch after batch The food and beverage industry continually face market challenges due to increased demand for product differentiation, while trying to improve operational efficiency and reducing costs. Meeting these needs requires balancing profitability of core products without reducing productivity in others. Companies must seek new ways to achieve operational excellence to remain competitive…
  • Rosemount 1408H Non-Contacting Level Transmitter Receives Red Dot Design Award

    The Red Dot Design Award is an annual design competition that appraises the best products created every year. Expert juries in the areas of product design, communication design, and design concepts, select the winning designs. The Rosemount 1408H Non-Contacting Level Transmitter has received the award for Product Design 2021 and has been acknowledged for its stylish, innovative and patented cooling design, which allows…
  • Vodka Distillery Flow Verification and Calibration

    It’s always good to come across a story how automation technology improves the food and beverages we consume—especially in my personal opinion, the adult beverages. In a ProFood article, Passing the Test , Absolut Vodka shares their story of using diagnostics to assess the health and performance of their flow measurement devices. Their plant 100 million liter per annum plant in Sweden [hyperlinks added]: …uses Emerson…
  • Optimal Valves for Beverage Processing

    Highly controlled heating and cooling is critical in many beverage production operations. For example, fermentation processes often must be controlled in a narrow temperature range for optimum quality. Temperature control is important in pasteurization, sterilization, cooking, fermentation, and other beverage applications. In a ProFood World article, How to Select the Optimal Valve for Beverage Processing , Emerson…
  • Deliver better control, reliability, and safety in today’s demanding steam operations with Rosemount 8800 MultiVariable Vortex Flow Meter

    Vortex flow measurement is uniquely adaptive when it comes to handling difficult applications. By virtue of its science, utilizing the von Kármán effect, these instruments are accurate across a wide operating range and effective at withstanding high process pressures and temperatures. In this post, we’re highlighting the latest in our 8800 Flow Meter product portfolio – the MultiVariable Vortex Flow Meter. Designed with…
  • Optimizing the Fermentation Process for Alcoholic Beverage Makers

    From casual social outings to celebratory events, alcohol is frequently part of our lives. Small craft brews, new wine blends, and the rise of international distilleries mean consumers have more choices than ever and manufacturers must maintain the same levels of quality and taste to keep up. The fermentation process is the key to ensuring quality, consistency, and taste. In the Instrumentation and Control article,…