Food and Beverage

Schneider Electric’s Acquisition of Invensys and what it means for our System Integrator Alliance Partners

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. With the regulatory process complete, we are now in a position to share more information with you on… Read more »

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Building a company greater than the sum of its parts

No doubt you have heard that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. There has been much speculation about the details of this deal among our customers, partners and suppliers, in the… Read more »

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Next generation pasteurization…what if you could pasteurize water with light?

In 1862 a French chemist (Louis Pasteur) invented the process of pasteurization in which liquids such as milk were heated and then cooled, killing most bacteria and molds.  150 years… Read more »

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Secure Power Solutions Must Be Adaptable to Specific Industry Needs

Ensuring reliable power for mission-critical applications in industry isn’t as simple as offering a range of standard power protection products, even if they are very good products. For many Secure… Read more »

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IT / OT Convergence Part 3 – On the way: moving to the intelligent enterprise…

As mentioned in my previous blog IT/OT Convergence Part 2, the journey towards realizing the benefits of the connected enterprise is a complex one.  The first step is adopting and implementing… Read more »

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Do partnerships between solution specialist and Food and Beverage OEM’s make sense?

We all like to eat cheese from a local region, eat an apple from a neighborhood farm or drink wine from a favorite winery.  That’s why, historically,  food and beverage  companies have a strong local foot… Read more »

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Technology evolution: from relays and wires everywhere to smart motor starters

I remember when I started to learn about motor control, and my first class was really boring, today this statement could be a little confusing since I am now a product… Read more »

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CIP is a food safety “must”, but can it be optimized to increase your bottom line result?

Clean-in-place (CIP) is a method to clean closed systems (interior pipes, filters, fittings, etc) without taking them apart.  Quite frequently, CIP operations are considered a burden that have to be… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency for Financial People

Having spent many years promoting the benefits of energy efficiency within the industrial and commercial environment and the utilization of Variable Speed Drives in particular there has always been a… Read more »

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The Secure Power Difference: Risk Mitigation and Beyond

In our first post, we defined what industrial secure power is and some vertical industry applications, but this leaves the all important question of “why” secure power solutions are needed…. Read more »

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Variable Speed Drives: An IIoT Tool That Benefits Both OEMs and Manufacturers

Manufacturers, in their efforts to remain globally competitive, face many challenges including fluctuating demand, mass customization, high productivity/output expectations, and consistency of high quality. And the machine builders (OEMs) that… Read more »

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Allagash Leverages Advanced Controllers to Keep Beer Cold

Allagash Brewing Company of Portland Maine produces award-winning beers (Gold and Silver medals at the Great American Brewing Festival) and is considered one of the premier independent brewers in the… Read more »

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How important is aesthetics for your machine?

I remember when I was an engineer fresh out of university and having a discussion with a co-worker who was in charge of the design of a new clean room… Read more »

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A Look Back at the Data and Asset Management Software User Conference

Our Data and Asset Management Software User Conference for Avantis, eDNA, EBS and PRiSM customers in Chicago this October provided a great opportunity for peers and software experts to share… Read more »

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Will the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) make life easier for system integrators?

The Industrial Internet of Things is quite a hot topic right now, and we are actively focusing on meeting the challenges of, and influencing, this megatrend with our customers and… Read more »

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If You Cannot “Control” it, Try to “Manage” it.

Unfortunately, the language we commonly use is semantically very imprecise. This imprecision reduces effective communication. For example, looking at most English language dictionaries it is difficult to distinguish between the… Read more »

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Rising electrical costs impact Food and Beverage Industry

France, as well as most of the EU countries are announcing a significant rise in electricity costs over the next few years. From 2013 to 2017, France can experience up… Read more »

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The Flatter, the Better: The Origins of Flush Aesthetics in Machinery

Question: What do witches and vampires have in common with industrial machinery? Answer: They’ve all undergone serious makeovers that have transformed them from ugly ducklings to graceful swans. The wart-covered… Read more »

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One size no longer fits all

The global economy in recent years has certainly become increasingly volatile. It is more and more difficult to make forecasts about what the economy will look like by the end… Read more »

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The Power of Partnership in the world of Industrial Automation

In the world of industrial automation and control, or Machine and Process Management, our customer operations environment is often a mixed and multi-vendor setting. This characteristic of customer plants, factories… Read more »

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The Flatter, the Better: The Origins of Flush Aesthetics in Machinery

Question: What do witches and vampires have in common with industrial machinery? Answer: They’ve all undergone serious makeovers that have transformed them from ugly ducklings to graceful swans. The wart-covered… Read more »

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How IIoT can turbo charge great data for better business

In today’s industrial world, it’s very easy to generate masses of data – process data, sales data, customer data and so on. The advent of the Industrial Internet of Things… Read more »

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Plant “Asset Performance Management” Is For Everyone

Asset performance management (APM) is a topic of growing importance for plants in asset-intensive industries, which pretty much means all plants. In this series, I’ll take you through the asset… Read more »

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Avoiding the Darkness of Unplanned Downtime With Smart, Highly Available Solutions

Regardless of the process, downtime always means a loss of productivity for a process application. Unplanned downtimes, whether due to component failure or human error, are the most costly ones…. Read more »

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Three Ways to Extract Value from IIoT in Food and Beverage

The food and beverage industry is building up an appetite for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Cloud, mobility, big data, predictive analytics, Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 are more… Read more »

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A Look Back at the Data and Asset Management Software User Conference

Our Data and Asset Management Software User Conference for Avantis, eDNA, EBS and PRiSM customers in Chicago this October provided a great opportunity for peers and software experts to share… Read more »

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Embedded Power Management in Action

By now, the features of power management – specifically power management that’s embedded in a building management system – are clear. If a refresher is needed, take a look at… Read more »

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With Invensys Acquisition, Energy Meets Automation

When most people think of “the future” they invariably gravitate toward consumer devices: Google Glass, privatized space travel and wristwatches with voice and video. The future once promised on Saturday… Read more »

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Drive Operational Excellence with Digital Transformation

Food and beverage manufacturers today face pressure from shrinking margins, shifting consumer demand and increasing regulatory burdens. In search of solutions to these issues, I’ve heard increasing interest around Smart… Read more »

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Best practices in regards to the 21 CFR Part 11 and Wonderware Software

In this blog post I plan to take a look at the FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Regulations (what is it?, term definitions, why do we need it?), and resources… Read more »

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