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Food & beverage

Improving productivity and efficiency in bakeries (16/12/2014)
Article image Productivity and profit margins in the food processing industry tend to be lower in comparison to those in other processing industries and to remain competitive many operations are looking for opportunities to increase efficiency in production while at the same time reducing energy consumption.
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Robotic solution increases cheese packing productivity (22/07/2014)
Article image The introduction of palletizing robots has enabled dramatically increased production levels for one of Britain’s oldest cheesemakers.
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Inverter’s stall-prevention feature keeps ice cream moving (15/07/2014)
Article image A frequency inverter with stall prevention has helped improve efficiency and performance for a range of traditional ice cream making machines, ensuring less product waste and offering savings on energy and water usage for users.
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Supervising tanks for Veuve Clicquot 06/05/2014
Champagne house Veuve Clicquot now has a smart system that supervises fermentation in 400 fermentation tanks which store its champagne. Full Story...

Drive helps nearly double beer production capacity 28/05/2013
A new beer racking plant, supplied by brewery design company, Microdat, has increased capacity at a UK-based brewery to 300 firkins (9 gallon casks) per hour. The power transmission solutions were supplied by Lenze. Full Story...

Blue detectable energy chain and hygienic cables for the food industry 30/04/2013
igus UK has launched two new blue products, aimed at the food processing industry, which enable manufacturers to produce food that is safe for consumption. Full Story...

Drive helps improve mixing capabilities for biscuit manufacturer 09/10/2012
A UK-based biscuit manufacturer has succeeded in improving the quality of its products and potentially reducing the amount of wastage caused by the use of aging slip-ring motors. It has also improved its ability to develop new products, following the installation of a new drive on one of its dough mixers. Full Story...

Temperature monitoring in a flour milling process for safety 25/05/2012
Calex has designed a temperature monitoring and alarming system for a flour milling company to help prevent fires and explosions. Full Story...

Wurzburger Hofbräu brews up a storm 07/03/2012
The introduction of a Siemens brewery process control system Braumat has enabled the Hofbräu brewery in Wurzburg, Germany to modernise its fermenting and storage cellar operations. Full Story...

Decentralised pneumatics system offers production cost savings 07/03/2012
Ice-cream manufacturer, GB Glace, part of the Unilever Group, has reduced costs and boosted process quality thanks to the implementation of a decentralised pneumatics concept. The GB Glace site in Flen, Sweden is one of the company’s ten European ice-cream production sites. It produces around 45 million litres of ice cream every year. Full Story...

IE3 motors promise impressive energy savings for odour control facility 20/12/2011
High-efficiency, IE3 class motors look set to save a UK-based pet food manufacturer around £26,000 per year on energy costs for a new odour control facility. Full Story...

Measuring viscosity of ketchup and cosmetics 01/11/2011
A device that is said to be able to measure and predict how liquids flow under different conditions aims to ensure that consumer products are of the right consistency. Full Story...

MES – meeting the need for improved food safety 10/10/2011
Steve Diggines, business leader – Europe at STICORP, discusses the US Modernization Act and considers its impact on European based food and beverage manufacturers that export to the US. Full Story...

Batch controller ensures exact dispensing 16/08/2011
Precise sensing and dispensing of liquids into a container or process vessel in food, chemical, pharmaceutical, oil & gas and other process industry applications is promised by the new RA33 batch controller from Endress+Hauser. Full Story...

Stainless steel ultrasonic sensor meets IP68/69k requirements 26/07/2011
The new UMC3000, from Pepperl + Fuchs, is said to raise the performance level for ultrasonic sensor performance in harsh environments. Full Story...

Solution for better product consistency and traceability from bakery to store 26/07/2011
Bolletje, a Dutch baked goods manufacturer with three plants in The Netherlands, had an issue with variation in the quality of its dough from batch-to-batch due to inconsistent process execution. Full Story...

Safety is good business 05/07/2011
Stringent regulatory norms in Europe are supporting the strong growth of the machine safety market in the region. Enhanced productivity and profitability of processes and plants due to safer working environments provided by machine safety systems are set to boost market prospects. Full Story...

Connecting and controlling in food processing 14/06/2011
To help improve productivity and quality control, many food and beverage operations are now integrating their myriad operations and making them conform to automation standards, says Hector Lin, Industrial Automation Group at Advantech Corporation. Full Story...

Robot rebound looks set to continue 31/03/2011
2010 appears to have been a very successful year for the robotics industry, a welcome change following the drastic decline in orders experienced in 2009. Full Story...

Steam recovery scheme cuts boiler costs 08/03/2011
British Bakels has reduced the combined cost of energy and water to its boiler by around 6.5%, since employing a flash steam recovery system designed and supplied by Spirax Sarco. Full Story...

Tank measurements shared with production planning department 08/03/2011
To meet increasing demand for its latest alcoholic beverage product offering, John Crabbie & Co needed to to upgrade the existing facilities and augment production capacity at its manufacturing plant. Full Story...