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“Automation is a key contributor to product consistency and increased efficiencies”

on March 15, 2017

ESE’s Director of Engineering, Kevin Nowack, was recently quoted in a Beverage Industry article. The article focuses on data collection and how to best keep operators “in the know.”

Data collection proves valuable in processing automation

High-pressure processing gains traction in beverage market

NBC’s public service announcements within the series title “The More You Know” have been informing TV viewers on a wide range of topics since its inception in 1989. As beverage-makers increasingly utilize alternative ingredients and high-pressure processing (HPP) technology, “the more they know” can help improve productivity and ultimately their bottom line.

Automating processing operations has helped beverage manufacturers collect the data they need to streamline this formulation step.

“Automation is a key contributor to product consistency and increased efficiencies whether implementing a batch or a continuous-blending solution,” says Kevin Nowack, director of engineering with Marshfield, Wis.-based ESE Inc., a certified member of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). “Today’s integration capabilities combine production scheduling, ingredient and packaging material lot tracking, flexible recipe configurations, work flows and SOP, as well as the traditional process-control integration.

“The data generated from the system is captured within historians and presented to the user based on their requirements and preferred viewing method (email, text message, dashboard, etc.),” he continues. “Information from the controls system can also be shared with [a] LIMS (laboratory information management system) and CMMS (computerized maintenance management system).”

Nowack explains that control platforms are important when selecting processing equipment in order to accommodate the formulator’s needs. “The control integration in today’s connected enterprise leverages the program structure at this level to streamline the data integration to and from the process control layer,” he says. “Most equipment manufacturers don’t take into account the integration requirements to meet the needs of the enterprise; therefore, extensive programming modifications or rewrites may be required.”

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