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Food safety education a highlight of Pack Expo

At Pack Expo Las Vegas September 23-25, The Food Safety Resource Center's newest sponsor will present critical educational sessions on how advances in technology and software can contribute to food safety in manufacturing and packaging.
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Rockwell Automation: Industrial ethernet switch

Rockwell Automation’s Allen-Bradley Stratix 5700 managed industrial Ethernet switch now includes an optional integrated hardware-based Network Address Translation (NAT) feature that allows high performance and simplified integration of IP-address mapping from a set of local, machine-level IP addresses to the end user¹s broader plant-process network.
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How to achieve lead-time reduction

Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is what every manufacturer dreams of. Here’s how one manufacturer of plastic parts and components, from disposable packaging to high-end medical parts for MRI equipment, is using QRM to achieve significant lead-time reduction.
Figure A: This schematic illustrates how data is extracted from plant floor PLCs and then turned into reports that Campbell personnel at various levels can utilize.
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Campbell Soup’s cooking with real-time data

From automated data collection to plant floor workers armed with handhelds helping them make better decisions, Campbell Soup is leaving behind its paper-based ways.
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Security - The next frontier

Shop floor data security was a topic at The Automation Conference held last month with security expert Eric Byres of Tofino Security sharing his experiences and the results of government studies on the topic.
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MES/MOM as a strategic business enabler

MESA International (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) has announced the launch of a new program aimed at showing the business value of MES/MOM (Manufacturing Execution System/Manufacturing Operations Management) solutions to company executives considering such investments.
Factivity's MES software features a strong OEE component and facilitates plant floor access to data.
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A window into lean production

Plant floor and management visibility of OEE data provides European packager with better inventory control and a reduction in raw material use.
Controls Product Brief
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Omron Automation and Safety: New Websites from Omron

Omron Automation and Safety announces the launch of three new websites for the United States, Canada, Latin America—all accessible through Omron247.com.
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Podcast: Tips on hiring a control system integrator

Podcast: Packaging World’s Pat Reynolds caught up with Robert Lowe, executive director of the Control System Integrators Association, and asked for a few highlights from CSIA’s stimulating panel presentation at The Automation Conference 2013.
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Podcast: Purdue prof digs Berkeley prof's message about the cloud

Dr. Niaz Latif, Dean of the School of Technology and Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet, was among those who attended The Automation Conference. He talks with Packaging World’s Pat Reynolds about a stimulating presentation by Arnav Anand of The Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at UC Berkeley.

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