Food and Beverage

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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Is complex automation the only way to get food and beverage traceability?

I’m wondering why we are not  performing good traceability “manually” or at a simple machine level? Why does traceability systematically seem to imply large, automated SCADA solutions? Tiger economies such… Read more »

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Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »

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Open Architectures in Control

Businesses today, across a broad spectrum of industries, are looking to deploy integrated and cost effective automation solutions from the plant floor to the wider enterprise. As well as for… Read more »

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Is it always true…”if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

Last month, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the cell phone.  It was in April 1973 when a Motorola engineer used the famous DynaTAC brick phone to make the historic… Read more »

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Are today’s customers loyal?

I don’t think this question can be answered with a simple yes or no. The market in which we operate today does not lend itself to being able to plainly… Read more »

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Is traceability from “farm to fork” necessary?

With food safety incidents on the rise, more and more of us are worried about where our food is coming from.  We all expect our food to be safe and… 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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3 Easy Steps to add Flexibility to Process Pressure Measurement

Everything matters in marketing. The needs and wants of users from Energy, Buildings, and Industrial domains show similar trends. Though they differ in the business landscape, all users are looking to add flexibility to their… Read more »

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Effective maintenance strategies begin with an understanding of why assets fail

In my previous blog, Plant Asset Performance Management is for everyone, I talked about some of the challenges that manufacturing plants face in their day-to-day operations. In the second installment… 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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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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INFOGRAPHIC – Sustainability makes good business sense for Food and Beverage

The Food and Beverage sector is particularly vulnerable to challenges presented by climate change.  Water scarcity and volatile energy and commodity prices are forcing Food and Beverage companies to look at at corporate sustainability…. 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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Services Oriented Drives Support IT/OT Convergence

In the last blog, we tackled issues like power quality and harmonics mitigation in motor drive systems. This time we deal with issues such as asset management and maintenance and… 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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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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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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Augmented Operator Boosts Knowledge Automation

In my previous blog, we identified industrial automation trends in the Digital Transformation to Industry 4.0, which comprises three pillars: Asset Performance, Augmented Operator and Smart Control. This time, we… 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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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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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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Shortening preparation time and reducing downtime in the pasteurization/sterilization process by optimizing control loop design

The pasteurization and sterilization processes are among the most important unit operations in food processing. They consist of heating the food to high temperature for a predefined length of time…. 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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