A drive towards automation in the food industry should not be seen as a threat to workers’ jobs, as it is likely to lead to the creation of a variety of skilled roles, a consultant in the field has claimed.
Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has introduced new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities that enable customers to measure and control the profitability of operations in real-time.
A new automated bulk bag weigh batching system from Flexicon meters ingredients into a Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyor that transports batches of a specified weight to downstream processing equipment, dust-free.
Manufacturing execution system (MES) software is failing to deliver on what it promises for food and drink manufacturers, according to the head of a software systems supplier, who previously worked on the integration of MES for UK companies in the sector.
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are widely recognised as being stalwarts of machine automation and control, performing sequences of instructions such as timing, counting, storing memory, relaying logic and arithmetic computation.
Food companies are increasingly turning to the use of advanced traceability systems to ensure they don’t suffer a similar fate to those hit by last year’s horsemeat contamination scandal, according to a leading control systems supplier.
With the growing amount of data being generated for - and on - packaging lines, particularly around printers, readers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), cameras and other peripherals, food and drink companies are realising the value of a direct link...
Integrating PDX Reactor technology with Mitsubishi Electric equipment has helped Japanese seafood processor Nissui to cut white sauce production time by 83%, reduce cleaning between batches and minimise energy use.
UK food and drink manufacturers are finally waking up to the merits of automation, judging by the number of exhibits featuring robots at the forthcoming Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition. The event takes place at Birmingham's National Exhibition...
Improving the speed and efficiency of product changeovers on multi-product lines is what Sick UK's new RapCo system, launched at Total 2013, is all about. It is claimed to offer a reliable, automated solution to protect product quality while boosting...
Bakeries and ice cream manufacturers are the first business sectors in the UK to start showing interest in a new technology that allows the printing of highly viscous food coatings on top of moving food substrates.