Beverage Industry Magazine - Processing Automation Updates

“Changing dietary preferences worldwide, improved economic conditions in emerging nations as well as a demand for healthy, safe food and beverages, has influenced the development of processing and packaging machinery that support those trends, thereby creating an upswing in the market,” says Barbara Harfmann, managing editor of Beverage Industry in its March 2019 issue.

McEnery Automation, a CSIA (Control System Integrator Association) Certified System Integrator, has 25 years of Food & Beverage industry experience. Joe Mazzola, Group Manager at McEnery Automation, contributed some insight to this article, identifying key trends in beverage processing automation.

Mazzola points out the importance of easily adaptable and configurable solutions as well as the increasing demand for capturing and analyzing process data.

“PLCs can seamlessly connect to a variety of instrumentation and communication protocols for more complex instrumentation,” Mazzola says. “Software like FactoryTalk Batch simplifies new recipe development and ensures consistency in batch execution.

“More and more devices are being connected via networks, allowing more complex data to be collected and stored from each device,” he continues. “Analytics software is able to use this data to identify process points that can be adjusted to reduce energy use in heating or pumping applications, reduction of expensive ingredients during batching or blending, or durations of cleaning processes.”

Read the full article here.