ISA's S88 batch management standard to "facilitate and homogenize control of our batch processes" has revolutionized the beverage industry, according to Francisco Kellerhoff, corporate automation manager for Venezuela's Polar Brewery, and keynote speaker at the Food and Beverage Industry Forum at Automation Fair 2006.
Nanotechnologys promises may be fulfilled earlier in the processing and packaging areas than in the ingredient realm, with improved filtration, new structural materials and sensors that detect pathogens.
With the trend for portable yet healthful foods, Ocean Spray Craisins -- sweetened dried cranberries -- are in high demand. To keep pace with the products popularity, Ocean Spray is adding production capacity at a fast pace.
Does your plant have reliability issues and a hard time meeting production targets? Metrics such as key performance indicators (KPIs), when identified and aligned properly, can save your plant, your job and your career. So grab a pen, open your mind and get ready to learn.
Deferred maintenance is reaching chronic levels as current equipment ages and sophisticated, new equipment needs more care and custom configuration. One way to find talented people is through industrial maintenance job fairs. Heres how they work and what you should do to maximize your return on participation.
Processing innovation is alive and well. We look at five technologies of tomorrow that are available today (or soon): supersonic processing, high-pressure sterilization, bioseparation, radio frequency heating and carbon dioxide extrusion.