Making Sense of Industrial Automation Controller Options For Bakeries

Automation has an increased presence in industrial baking. Ingredient handling, pallets, warehousing, and packaging are all being automated. More bakeries are also turning to automating their warehouses to organize items and maximize the shelf life of their products, minimize damages, and resolve capacity issues. But what goes into these automation controllers and how do they…

Why Do So Many Automation Projects Fail?

Why Do So Many Automation Projects Fail?

Analysts estimate that 30-50% of all automation projects fail. This low success rate isn’t attributable to a lack of understanding or too low of an investment in automation. Rather, it’s the inability to deliver the expected results after the project completes. Automation projects fall apart primarily because of infrastructure-related hangups, software reliability, and project management…

Understanding When to Automate Your Ingredient Handling Processes

Food manufacturers that aim to expand their business understand that automating isn’t merely a value-add proposition. To stay competitive, you eventually have to automate. Whenever production facilities increase throughput, consistency requirements grow, and there is less room for error. While your manufacturing plant may have already automated some aspects of processing, ingredient handling automation carries…

How Bakeries Are Using Automation to Increase Profits During the Labor Shortage

As operating costs rise and the labor shortage worsens, many bakery owners have started accelerating their automation plans. While the upfront costs are considerable, implementing industrial automation solutions helps bakes reduce overhead costs while increasing sales and productivity. Most large-scale food production plants have already transitioned to fully automated facilities. Yet, the ongoing worker shortage…

The Top 3 Tips for Implementing Your MES Strategy

The Top 3 Tips for Implementing Your MES Strategy

A manufacturing execution system (MES) is among the most crucial elements of any digital information transformation initiative. The system lets you manage and monitor virtually every aspect of production in real-time. A facility’s production control and manufacturing form the bridge between strategic planning and daily production. At the same time, these core facets link the…

7 Key Principles for Effective Automation

7 Key Principles for Effective Automation

While programming constitutes a large part of process control, there are several other factors like customer collaboration, decision making, and how companies respond to change that go into any successful automation initiative. Irrespective of the industry, software controls help businesses improve their systems management and control. A diverse multitude of approaches to automation exist. Each…

5 Key Benefits of Automating Your Recipe Management

The challenges associated with establishing a seamless production flow are hardly unfamiliar to the many seasoned plant production managers, processing engineers, and machine operators working in today’s increasingly complex manufacturing sectors. Manufacturing execution systems (MES) are demonstrably reliable and essential solutions for many aspects of well-executed production flow. But most manufacturing facilities lack the appropriate…

6 Top Reasons to Automate Your Food Processing Plant Now

Robotics and industrial automated manufacturing systems are transforming warehouse production facilities everywhere by improving productivity and enhancing operational efficiency to unparalleled levels. When it comes to adopting automated technology, however, the food and beverage industry has been notoriously slow on the uptake. Because the shape and consistency of food products vary drastically, this poses several…

A Quick Guide to How Automated Control Systems Work

Historically speaking, small and medium-sized food manufacturing companies have been largely reticent to adopt automated industrial solutions to their manual-based plants. Nonetheless, rapid advancements in automation and emergent computer technologies present a promising new landscape for businesses looking to implement automation into their digital transformation initiatives. Heightened consumer demand along with a precipitously astringent regulatory…

Why PLC Integration Into Process Weighing Systems Is Essential

In most food processing facilities, the typical weighing system is comprised of a weight controller, a load cell-based platform scale, and a programmable logic controller (PLC). In the early 1980s, process weighing systems and control instruments found significant advancements after the introduction of strain gauge-based loading cells that allowed for batch weighments in containers as…