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Keith Campbell ( Keith@CampbellManagementServices.net has been a shaper of opinion on manufacturing automation for 40 years. He worked for 28 years with The Hershey Company, and has served the broader industry in numerous roles including as Director of ISA's Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Div., and as the founding Director and later Executive Director of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, originally called the OMAC Motion for Packaging Workgroup. Since retiring from Hershey as Director of Automation & Integr
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The future of automation for healthcare manufacturers

If healthcare manufacturers are a bit behind others, it is probably for valid and explainable reasons to which valid and explainable solutions exist.
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In India, Nestlé and B&R promote open technology standards for packaging

The 2012 International Packaging Conclave in Greater Noida, India, recorded a resounding success, bringing together 110 participants – including top managers from some of the most prominent end-user companies in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.
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Campbell’s Soup, Coca-Cola join roster of expert presenters at The Automation Conference

Recently added to the speaker line-up at The Automation Conference 2013 are professionals from Campbell Soup Company, Coca-Cola, Tofino Security, and MFG.com.
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Advanced packaging technologies highlight the show

At a sold-out PACK EXPO show in Chicago, automated packaging technologies were definitely the star of the show, as the video reports in this issue of Automation Strategies attest.
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Why wireless sensor networks are everywhere (almost)

It seems like it was not so long ago that there was a serious debate over whether or not wireless sensor networks — and wireless communications in general — were a technology suitable for industrial applications. If you take a look around, that debate is over.
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Achema delivers a futuristic perspective

Trend reports look ahead to anti-counterfeiting, biotherapeutics, container-sized production, and automation.
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Nestle articulates PackML's benefits

Nestle’s Bryan Griffen delivered an update on OMAC Packaging Workgroup initiatives at the Automation Conference, held in Chicago May 22-23, providing a view of the benefits to come with the new standard.
Automation Conference: Day 1
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Discrete, Process Automation and Packaging Come Together at The Automation Conference

The first annual Automation Conference, bringing together process, discrete and packaging professionals in one conference, kicked off this morning with keynotes speakers from Boeing and ExxonMobil. The conference runs from May 22-23 in Chicago, IL.
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Keynotes Hit a High Note with Automation Conference Attendees

The Automation Conference's (www.automationworld/tac2012) second day keynotes touched on automation standards, holistic manufacturing training and an update from Dr. Bryan Griffen on Nestle's continued focus on packaging automation and PackML developments.
OEE, Six Sigma Secrets
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Pepsi bottler shares secrets of OEE, Six Sigma, Lean

Pepsi Bottling Ventures boosts uptime, improves OEE scores 21 points, adds more than an hour to daily productivity and covers automation costs in one year in Nampa, Idaho, the project's leader told attendees learned in a packaging session at The Automation Conference.

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