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The State of Automation in Food & Beverage

As both software and hardware improve, equipment has the potential to operate in a more coordinated, efficient way.

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This is part 1 of a 3-part series on automation on the food and beverage plant floor. Automation, in the most fundamental sense, means using brains instead of brawn.As it becomes more sophisticated, automation means giving machines their own “brains,” as well as the senses, muscles and underlying nervous system that allows automated decision-making to be carried out correctly, efficiently and repeatably.Coordinating and controlling food and beverage plant operations, across both the plant floor and the entire enterprise, is the ultimate way to get the most out of automation. As operations technology (OT) increases in reach and sophistication, it gives the food…

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Evolving Role of the R&D Department in Food and Beverage Companies

Editor in Chief Dave Fusaro will discuss processors' current product development priorities are: truly novel products, safe line extensions, "cleaning up" current products or cost control in this September 26 webinar.

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