More tightly controlled automation systems can help dairy processors turn waste into resources and make the most of export opportunities. Is the slow-to-change dairy industry ready to invest in new technology?
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Bush Brothers and Co. is a family-owned company best known for its baked beans. But the Knoxville, TN-based firm also serves up some pretty sophisticated data acquisition and downtime tracking technology since implementing a Parsec software application called TrakSYS.
SafeLOGIC-X, a virtual safety solution from B&R, is now available for small, cost-sensitive applications and provides safe I/O and drive technology to integrated diagnostics, safe line integration, and safe machine options.
The latest version of Parsec Automation’s TrakSYS Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software – 8 R2 – provides a highly-integrated application that helps manufacturers to significantly improve asset utilization and efficiency, increase capacity of the current capital equipment, reduce production costs, decrease lead time, and improve profitability.
Iris GT smart camera from Matrox, in an application designed by integrator Inventek Engineering, combines with Matrox' Design Assistant (DA) 3.0 smart camera software to inspect bottles presented by a robot. The Iris GT smart camera line lets users easily create their application's flowchart and HMI, and take projects from concept to completion in record time.
PC-based control technology from Beckhoff can control and monitor individual packaging machines to complete packaging lines. Beckhoff industrial PCs and the TwinCAT automation software can be used to manage a wide range of packaging functions such as filling, forming, sealing, labelling, collecting, re-packing and palletising.
Ossid demonstrates how the real-time data on availability, performance, and quality gathered from the OEE software tool can help operations personnel improve overall profitability. The tool is designed for the company’s Windows based weigh-price labelers and in-motion case-weight scales.