Food and Beverage

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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Food crisis is looming but our trash bins are full of wasted food!

Being part of a traditional French culture that places a high priority on the enjoyment of food, it’s hard to imagine the subject of food waste.  However, according to the… 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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100 years of catastrophic accidents leads to a safer Process Industry

So much to be learned from taking a look at the history of “safety standards”… In the last 100 years many catastrophic accidents have occurred in process industry around the world: Bhopal India… 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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Is European milk heading to China?

A French industrial newspaper (“Process Alimentaire” of September 2012), published an analysis of the 5 year trend for the European dry milk industry.  The report shows a potential for 20… Read more »

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Increase yield, reduce costs and maintain quality with Advanced Process Control

What should the optimal operating point for my multivariate process be? If you’re asking this question, it’s tough to find an answer. For instance, in a milk powder production plant… Read more »

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Learn how to Maximize your OEE with Digital Transformation

Manufacturers today operate under a number of constraints including pressure on margins from volatile commodity prices, changes in consumer demands, and regulatory compliance related to food safety. Facing these challenges,… Read more »

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Moving Your Clean-in-Place Operations to Quality 4.0

“Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 are more than buzzwords” recently wrote by a colleague Keith Chambers. In fact, Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Industry 4.0 are all necessary to support… Read more »

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How the IIoT Turns Big Data into Wisdom

When discussing leveraging the IIoT in food and beverage manufacturing, it’s important to note that we’re not typically referring to a completely new implementation. Most food and beverage companies have… Read more »

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Reduce Time to Market With Digital Recipe Management

I’ve written before in this space about the challenges food and beverage companies face, as well as the benefits digital transformation offers. Of all the difficulties manufacturers face – shrinking… Read more »

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Three Ways to Improve Agricultural Efficiency and Sustainability with Digital Transformation

At Schneider Electric we talk a lot about the importance of IIoT, Industry 4.0, Digital Twin and Digital Transformation for the food and beverage manufacturing industry. But what about the… Read more »

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The Power of Digital Energy Management

Over the past years, environmental awareness and regulations have increased significantly due to rising climate change concerns. Stricter environmental regulations could further accelerate rising energy costs, which are already one… Read more »

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How to Improve Food Manufacturing Safety by Increasing Asset Reliability

Dan Miklovic joined LNS Research in May of 2014 and is now a Research Fellow, his primary focus is research and development in the Asset and Energy Management practices. Dan has… Read more »

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Top 5 Questions from the “Maximizing Asset Reliability and OEE” Webinar

Dan Miklovic is a Research Fellow with LNS Research; he primarily focuses on industrial operations, asset management, and energy management, with collaborate coverage across the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT),… 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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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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Learn how to Maximize your OEE with Digital Transformation

Manufacturers today operate under a number of constraints including pressure on margins from volatile commodity prices, changes in consumer demands, and regulatory compliance related to food safety. Facing these challenges,… 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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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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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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Moving Your Clean-in-Place Operations to Quality 4.0

“Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 are more than buzzwords” recently wrote by a colleague Keith Chambers. In fact, Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Industry 4.0 are all necessary to support… 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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