CASE STUDY

Innovation helps cheese producer increase profits, improve quality

Location
United States

Industry
Dairy

Challenge

A major cheese manufacturer – recognized worldwide and by the more than three- quarters of the U.S. population consuming their product each year – sought an innovative solution to ensure quality. ESE was a past partner, having worked in several of their facilities throughout the U.S. The manufacturer wanted bi-directional control of the mixer process and also requested remote capability to monitor cheese operations by mobile control with a tablet, rather than a desktop application.

Solution

ESE’s process control background laid the foundation for the solution, based on the team’s knowledge of building systems to connect directly into the control system. ESE added the functionality of bi-directional communications, a unique capability offered by ESE. Special monitors were set up to display large Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) so anyone near the production line could monitor performance. In addition, a true client/server configuration was applied so operators couldn’t accidentally close the application.

Results

Performance, production quality and yields all met expectations. ESE even developed a device made specifically for equipment to handle network activity running into traffic and delays. How successful has it been? One plant manager said, “Imagine the best return you could think of. Then realize that it’s only a drop in the bucket to what we’re actually earning.”

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