Maintenance Strategy

Freshpet's refrigerated pet food plant features fine-tuned temperature and humidity control. Courtesy: CRB
Process Safety January 15, 2020

Consumer trends’ impact on pet food processing

Growing consumer awareness and changes in standards have forced pet food manufacturers to think their processes, products and production facilities.

By Matthew Beier
System Integrators January 8, 2020

System integrator relationships key to manufacturers’ competitive advantage

There are many reasons why it’s better to have a deeper, strategic partnership with an integrator that goes beyond an individual project; here are a few.

By Greg Young
Figure 3: The control and operator interface components found on OEM equipment may vary from the overall plant’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system yet must be closely integrated. Courtesy: Tesco Controls Inc.
System Integrators December 23, 2019

Strategies for integrating OEM equipment in water/wastewater projects

System integrators face common challenges with incorporating original equipment manufacturers (OEM) equipment into automation projects, but there are some proven strategies to drive success.

By Stephen Goldsworth
The final solution, a control system upgrade, retrofitted with as little risk and downtime as possible, was a success. Courtesy: Concept Systems Inc.
System Integrators December 18, 2019

Partnering with Tillamook Creamery

Claiming the role of the system integrator in the digital transformation.

By Michael Gurney
Magnetic grippers grasp utilizing magnetism. Courtesy: Magswitch
Robotics December 16, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles December 9-15

Articles about Product of the Year, robotic grippers, pneumatic safety, cutting compressed air costs, and specifying cut-to-length cables were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 9-15. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Manufacturers and plant operators have begun to appreciate the impact that i4.0 technology offers their businesses. However, the best way to maximize the potential of this technology is by also investing in and strengthening the application of lean principles and lean thinking to continuously address waste and error in their operations. Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth
Lean Maintenance December 16, 2019

Applying Lean tactics in the Factory of the Future

The Factory of the Future can maximize the value and performance of every machine and production unit.

By Thomas Brown and Rodney Rusk
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Project Management December 15, 2019

Chasing ghosts in the plant

There are times when you just want to throw your hands up and call in an exorcist.

By Matt Ruth
Raymond Corp. strives to recruit the best talent to fill welding and manufacturing positions and is committed to developing a strong workforce through continuous training. Courtesy: Raymond Corp.
Maintenance December 13, 2019

Top Plant 2019: Raymond Corp. excels as an innovator

From introducing wooden pallets to incorporating Lithium ion batteries, near-100-year-old Raymond Corp. moves the materials that define the e-commerce era.

By Kevin Parker
Figure 2: An embedded air bearing system permanently mounted into the tool, machine or structure serves as its own permanent rigging gear. Courtesy: AeroGo Inc.
Material Handling December 13, 2019

How air casters optimize factory flexibility

Integrated air bearings make it possible to implement a reconfigurable system to improve or supplement manufacturing floor changes.

By Cole Miller, M.E.
Figure 1: Jose Rivera, CSIA CEO, (left) and Dave Patterson, Grantek CEO, on stage during their interview session. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
System Integration December 12, 2019

Certified for success: Building a better system integration business

Jose Rivera, CEO of CSIA, interviewed Dave Patterson, CEO of Grantek, a certified SI member of CSIA, about the company's challenges and successes as an integrator and how they've become a better business.

By Jose M. Rivera