Rao Kolla

Rao Kolla, PE, PMP, CSCP, MBA, is director of process electrical/controls engineering at Stellar, a fully integrated design, engineering, construction, refrigeration and mechanical services firm serving commercial, industrial and public sector markets across the United States and around the world. Contact him at rkolla@stellar.net.


System Integration March 29, 2023

Create a strategic plan when integrating automation in manufacturing facilities

Plant owners must develop a strategic and comprehensive plan about their integration process to optimize production long-term.

By Rao Kolla
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Process Manufacturing July 28, 2022

Six ways vertical commissioning can benefit a food facility project

Vertical commissioning can significantly improve immediate return on investment (ROI) at start-up due to fewer unexpected challenges.

By Rao Kolla
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Plant Automation April 25, 2022

Combat labor shortages with automated solutions

Implement automated features into the manufacturing process to remain agile and equipped to meet future consumer demands.

By Rao Kolla
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System Integrators December 17, 2021

Choosing a systems integrator to advance automation

A systems integrator should listen, advise and educate a plant's team on how tech will reduce manufacturing costs and improve product quality

By Rao Kolla
Predictive and Preventive Maintenance August 3, 2021

Make to stock vs. make to order: Why one is on the rise

Make to order (MTO) is gaining traction with manufacturers because it allows consumers to purchase products customized to their specifications.

By Rao Kolla
Safety & PPE April 2, 2021

Five business benefits of switching to digital recordkeeping

Digital recordkeeping in food manufacturing facilities can help improve product quality, boost efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs.

By Rao Kolla
Codes and Standards March 26, 2021

Food traceability rules for supply chain

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for those who manufacture, process, pack or store foods.

By Rao Kolla
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 11, 2019

Four areas where the IIoT is revolutionizing the food and beverage industry

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing how food and beverage manufacturers approach safety, product quality, packaging, and how personnel work in their day-to-day operations.

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