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    • 16 Jan 2019

    Improving Quality for Food and Beverage Producers

    Consumers have come to expect only the highest quality when it comes to the food and beverages they purchase. Automation has driven the variability of the products way down over the years. But even with these improvements, the average food & beverage producer takes almost a full day to respond to shipments with quality issues. The key to improving quality is to measure quality parameters on-line to address issues...
    • 10 Jan 2019

    Improving Food and Beverage Manufacturing Reliability

    Food & beverage manufacturers are driven by consumers not only to maintain high levels of consistency with existing products, but also to develop and deliver new, experiential products. Maintaining consistency and running new production lines require reliable operations to stay competitive and deliver returns to fund new developments. Emerson’s Dennis Belanger , a reliability expert and member of the Operational Certainty...
    • 4 Jan 2019

    Food and Beverage Manufacturing Production Optimization

    Unlike many other industries in process manufacturing, the food & beverage industry must react much more quickly to changing consumer demands. These rapid changes challenge these manufacturers in their production practices, reliability requirements, product quality needs and sustainability goals. I caught up with Emerson’s Marcus Parsons to discuss the challenges around changing production requirements and how food...
    • 19 Nov 2018

    Proper Valve Selection and Control Strategies in Food and Beverage Processes

    Temperature control is a critical factor for many food & beverage processes. In a Flow Control magazine article, Selecting Valves for Food and Beverage Applications , Emerson’s Blake Coleman highlights the importance of the right valves and proper tuning to get optimum performance. Blake opens with what poor control may mean: …the best-case result would be lost efficiency, with worst case a completely unusable...
    • 15 Oct 2018

    Better Data, Better Beer

    At the recent Emerson Exchange conference in San Antonio, Emerson’s Laura Chemler developed a presentation with a Chief Technology Officer at a brewing company to present how data from flow meters helped produce the highest quality beer. This CTO is obsessed with data—collecting data, observing trends in the data, figuring out what the data can tell besides pressure or temperature in tanks. Laura presented this...
    • 13 Apr 2018

    More Efficient and Consistent Cheese Production

    While the snow continues to fall in the U.S. upper Midwest, the cheese producers will be gathering next week at the International Cheese Tech Expo . More than: …3,500 cheese industry leaders, suppliers, marketers and more will gather to share information about the latest in cheese technology, new products, whey opportunities, product safety, marketing and additional issues affecting our industry. As consumers...
    • 11 Apr 2018

    Reducing Operating and Energy Costs in Craft Beer Production

    Recently in a post, Optimizing Wort Sugar Concentration in Craft Beer Brewing , we highlighted the important role of measurement and control in the front end of the beer brewing process which converts malt into wort. Let’s continue down the production path through the fermentation process. Past the lauter tun, which we discussed in the prior post, is the brew kettle—the heart of the beer-making process. What comes...
    • 29 Mar 2018

    Optimizing Wort Sugar Concentration in Craft Beer Brewing

    In the U.S, a craft brewer or beer-maker, is defined as small, independent and traditional. A Fortune article highlighted the growth in craft brewing in the United States: As of the end of 2017, there were 6,266 craft breweries operating in the U.S., more than double the total from 2013—and a 16% increase from 2016. Just under 1,000 opened in 2017 alone (with 126 going out of business). This increasing competition...
    • 29 Mar 2018

    Optimizing Wort Sugar Concentration in Craft Beer Brewing

    In the U.S, a craft brewer or beer-maker, is defined as small, independent and traditional. A Fortune article highlighted the growth in craft brewing in the United States: As of the end of 2017, there were 6,266 craft breweries operating in the U.S., more than double the total from 2013—and a 16% increase from 2016. Just under 1,000 opened in 2017 alone (with 126 going out of business). This increasing competition...
    • 27 Sep 2017

    Advantages of Ultrasonic Welding for Packaging Applications

    Today on the final day of PACK EXPO 2017, Emerson’s Mike Mediana presented on the topic, Migrating from Traditional Package Sealing Technologies to Ultrasonics in Flexible Packaging Applications . Mike’s presentation focused on how consumer preference is driving the increasing demands for flexible packaging in the medical, consumer product, and food and beverage industries. He shared how ultrasonic sealing technology...
    • 27 Sep 2017

    Advantages of Ultrasonic Welding for Packaging Applications

    Today on the final day of PACK EXPO 2017, Emerson’s Mike Mediana presented on the topic, Migrating from Traditional Package Sealing Technologies to Ultrasonics in Flexible Packaging Applications . Mike’s presentation focused on how consumer preference is driving the increasing demands for flexible packaging in the medical, consumer product, and food and beverage industries. He shared how ultrasonic sealing technology...
    • 26 Sep 2017

    Packaging Machine Operations with Zoned Safety

    At the PACK EXPO conference , Emerson’s Enrico De Carolis described the challenges packaging lines face in maintaining safety to keep operational personnel out of harm’s way and be compliant with stringent machine safety regulations. Despite ongoing pressure to reduce total incident rate (TIR), data from a 2016 report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveals manufacturing accounted for 26 percent...
    • 26 Sep 2017

    Packaging Machine Operations with Zoned Safety

    At the PACK EXPO conference , Emerson’s Enrico De Carolis described the challenges packaging lines face in maintaining safety to keep operational personnel out of harm’s way and be compliant with stringent machine safety regulations. Despite ongoing pressure to reduce total incident rate (TIR), data from a 2016 report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveals manufacturing accounted for 26 percent...
    • 25 Sep 2017

    Avoiding Contamination in Packaging Lines

    Having spent my career to date on the process manufacturing side of automation, it’s great to be at PACK EXPO , a conference for people involved in packaging products. A stroll down a supermarket aisle, electronics retailer or other consumer business shows how varied this packaging can be. The exhibition hall floor is filled with automated machines performing functions such as bottle filling and sealing; pouch form...
    • 25 Sep 2017

    Avoiding Contamination in Packaging Lines

    Having spent my career to date on the process manufacturing side of automation, it’s great to be at PACK EXPO , a conference for people involved in packaging products. A stroll down a supermarket aisle, electronics retailer or other consumer business shows how varied this packaging can be. The exhibition hall floor is filled with automated machines performing functions such as bottle filling and sealing; pouch form...
    • 21 Sep 2017

    3 Ways to Improve Packaging Line Flexibility for Increased Production

    You only have to walk down a supermarket isle to appreciate the diversity in the packaged goods we purchase. What was once a choice of glass jars or cans for many products now includes re-sealable bags, individual packaged servings, packaging made with recyclable feedstock, etc. Consumers, with their busy on-the-go lives, are creating this demand for convenience. Manufacturers providing these packaged products are...
    • 21 Sep 2017

    3 Ways to Improve Packaging Line Flexibility for Increased Production

    You only have to walk down a supermarket isle to appreciate the diversity in the packaged goods we purchase. What was once a choice of glass jars or cans for many products now includes re-sealable bags, individual packaged servings, packaging made with recyclable feedstock, etc. Consumers, with their busy on-the-go lives, are creating this demand for convenience. Manufacturers providing these packaged products are...
    • 9 Jan 2009

    Applying the ISA88 Model to Clean In Place Operations

    Every industry has its special jargon that is like a secret handshake. If you’re an insider, you can quickly spot the outsiders based upon their understanding of your industry’s jargon and acronyms. For instance, my background was in the offshore oil and gas business back in the mid ’80s. We had jargon like pigging (to clean out pipes) and Christmas trees (fittings and valves on the top of well casing which control the...
    • 9 Jan 2009

    Applying the ISA88 Model to Clean In Place Operations

    Every industry has its special jargon that is like a secret handshake. If you’re an insider, you can quickly spot the outsiders based upon their understanding of your industry’s jargon and acronyms. For instance, my background was in the offshore oil...
    • 6 Nov 2008

    Controlling 3-Way Flow in Temperature Applications

    Emerson’s Fisher division recently announced a new three-way, temperature-control valve and actuator system. The release highlighted its potential use by process manufacturers: The new GX 3-way has the ability to accurately control the temperature of...
    • 13 Aug 2008

    Stainless Steel Transmitter Housings for Corrosive Environments

    Recently, one of my RSS feeds alerted me to a new Micro Motion 2400S transmitter packaged in stainless steel for the ELITE Coriolis flow and density meter line. This 316L stainless steel packaging is: Rated to IP66 and IP67, the corrosion resistant stainless steel housing is ideal for applications where instruments are subjected to regular caustic wash-downs, which are typically found in the food, beverage and life...
    • 13 Aug 2008

    Stainless Steel Transmitter Housings for Corrosive Environments

    Recently, one of my RSS feeds alerted me to a new Micro Motion 2400S transmitter packaged in stainless steel for the ELITE Coriolis flow and density meter line. This 316L stainless steel packaging is: Rated to IP66 and IP67, the corrosion resistant stainless steel housing is ideal for applications where instruments are subjected to regular caustic wash-downs, which are typically found in the food, beverage and life...
    • 13 Aug 2008

    Stainless Steel Transmitter Housings for Corrosive Environments

    Recently, one of my RSS feeds alerted me to a new Micro Motion 2400S transmitter packaged in stainless steel for the ELITE Coriolis flow and density meter line. This 316L stainless steel packaging is: Rated to IP66 and IP67, the corrosion resistant stainless...
    • 20 Jun 2008

    Evaluating DCS Modernization Options

    An oft-cited number when discussing the topic of distributed control system (DCS) modernization is $65 billion. This was the size of the installed base systems reaching their end of their useful lives from an ARC Advisory Group study conducted several years ago. Emerson’s Cody Long , a migration/modernization consultant, visited a Latin American sugar mill. This mill had two different, non-Emerson distributed control...
    • 20 Jun 2008

    Evaluating DCS Modernization Options

    An oft-cited number when discussing the topic of distributed control system (DCS) modernization is $65 billion. This was the size of the installed base systems reaching their end of their useful lives from an ARC Advisory Group study conducted several years ago. Emerson’s Cody Long , a migration/modernization consultant, visited a Latin American sugar mill. This mill had two different, non-Emerson distributed control...