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22/05/2018 - Smarter factories; safer working
In food produce environments and packhouses, the benefits of automation when it comes to workforce health and safety are uncontended. From eliminating arduous and repetitive tasks to working uninterrupted within inhospitable chilled settings, robots are most certainly the future. Case loading specialist Brillopak and industrial automation pioneer Omron explore how smart robots, hardware and software can be deployed to work collaboratively, safely and productively alongside human counterparts.
 
14/05/2018 - Getting the right recipe for heating food products
Heat is fundamental to the food and drink industry. From cooking and drying to other treatments such as pasteurisation, heat is widely used in all but the most basic food manufacturing and processing situations, in sectors as varied as dairy, fruit and vegetable processing, meat, prepared foods, brewing, dietary supplements and more.
 
20/03/2018 - Sensor data available globally – beyond the local company cloud
Making sensor data and information from different sources available globally and linking this data and information in a meaningful way – this is the crux of Industry 4.0. New business ideas make it necessary to make this information globally available and accessible not only within a company but also beyond the boundaries of the company and its location.
 
05/03/2018 - SEEPEX - Pumped up about 4.0 potential
With the race towards Industry 4:0 on, progressive cavity (PC) pump specialist SEEPEX is assisting SME customers, particularly those starting from a ‘low tech’ baseline, to think ahead and utilise Smart pump technology to boost process productivity.
 
13/12/2017 - Air Apparent
Amid the buzz surrounding Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is easy to forget the effect of the technologies that powered industry’s earlier transformations. The factories of the original Industrial Revolution were driven first by water and then by steam. Later, the mass production of the Second Revolution was enabled by electricity, especially by the electric motor, which freed industrial engineers from their dependence on cumbersome belts and shafts and allowed controllable mechanical power to be delivered anywhere it was required.
 
20/11/2017 - Military can bridge skills shortage
In the UK, there is currently a shortfall of 20,000 engineers each year. Brexit is expected to see this figure increase and, to avoid hindering Britain’s industrial growth plans, the Government has pledged an investment of £500 million pounds into further education. Here, Matt Collins, business development manager at power distribution specialist ide Systems, explains how businesses can address the skills shortage.
 
16/10/2017 - HRS Heat Exchangers - Recovering high value products helps food factories maximise returns
When processing any kind of remotely viscous food product it is inevitable that a certain amount will adhere to surfaces, such as the inside of vessels and pipe work, or become left in equipment after processing. The potential value of this lost product can soon add up, especially when handling large quantities of viscous, valuable products such as honey, syrups and purées.
 
25/09/2017 - Automation platforms deliver productivity benefits in food and beverage production
There are clear benefits for food & beverage manufacturers in rationalising their automation vendors. Using a single source of supply for automation components can play a big role in improving flexibility and reducing downtime but as Jeremy Shinton of Mitsubishi Electric explains, an automation system can be much more than just the sum of its parts.
 
14/08/2017 - Why do we blame robots when the line stops?
Production and packing lines will stop working for any number of reasons, but the default assumption will often be that a robotic malfunction is to blame. Instead of scapegoating the technology, Paul Wilkinson, Commercial & Information Systems Manager at Pacepacker Services, offers some advice on getting to the root of the problem.
 
31/07/2017 - Now is the right time for Food and Drink SMEs to invest in automation
There’s never been a better time for food and drink SMEs to invest in robots for the workplace. Sales and exports are booming, and robots are more powerful than ever. Paul Wilkinson, Commercial & Information Systems Manager at Pacepacker Services, examines the current challenges of the food and drink industry and details how robots can assist SMEs to boost productivity and compete with larger industry players.
 
 
  
 
    
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