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One IT architecture for a food safety management system
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How integrated management software enhances audit readiness

How automated food quality/safety system helps the most efficient companies eliminate errors and increase efficiencies in the auditing process.
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Eight tips for selecting food safety compliance systems

Regulations — namely, the coming requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) — have spurred growth in the market for food safety and quality management software. Below are eight guidelines food and beverage manufacturers should consider when selecting a system.
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Cognex: Updated software

Software update expands tuning and test mode options for DataMan fixed-mount ID readers.
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Visual inspection of insulin vials at the Brazilian site in Montes Claros, Novo Nordisk. Source: Novo Nordisk.
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Novo Nordisk Brazil site implements software program

Company uses newest PAS-X version at one of their largest sites for 18 production lines and two lines for packaging.
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AmeriPak upgrades software to sync with CPG brands

AmeriPak has adopted production management software from Toronto-based Nulogy.
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Bosch Rexroth: Motion logic controller

The Rexroth MLC motion logic controller with Version 13 firmware from Bosch Rexroth comes with a safety PLC and open core interface, and features a new set of capabilities and function modules designed to make it faster and easier to implement in-demand automation tasks such as integrated safety, robotics functions, and new mobile apps tools.
The individually tailored balance between stocking on site and ordering via the E-Portal helped to improve planning procedures and also reduced the risk of downtime.

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Schwabe North America banks on stock optimization

Stock optimization analysis helps pharmaceutical company customize its spare parts handling process after relocating from Utah to Wisconsin.
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Lenze: PackML library for ladder logic programming

Designed to give machine builders and operators the ability to focus on motion, diagnostics, data collection, video on HMI, and more, Lenze Americas’ library greatly simplifies implementation of PackML standards using ladder logic so customers can deliver safer and more predictable machines that collect data and can be operated and diagnosed without complex development software.
Linx: Thermal ink-jet case coder
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Linx: Thermal ink-jet case coder

Software upgrade adds multiple benefits on TJ725.
Yaskawa's Meyer explains how PackML's modular, reusable code simplifies automation efforts
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'Why is PackML important, why is OEE important, and how can they work together in your machine-control scheme?'

That's the question Doug Meyer posed at Pack Expo 2013, just before he revealed the answers to attendees of his presentation on the topic...

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