A Refreshing Pilsner for an Anniversary Celebration
As an innovative technology leader, JUMO has been supplying high-quality measurement and automation technology for the food industry for decades. So it was an obvious idea to have our own anniversary beer created for the 75th anniversary in 2023. In the brewing process, all relevant JUMO products that are supplied to the brewing industry were to be combined in one application. The choice therefore fell on an in-house, modern, and highly efficient brewery plant.
Industrializing the Production of Electrolyzers and Fuel Cells
The world is facing a fundamental change to its entire energy supply. All current methods of generating energy are under scrutiny. Nuclear energy has fallen into disrepute for a number of reasons. Meanwhile, hydropower has its own limitations in terms of scope, one of which is its immense impact on the landscape and the associated consequences for flora and fauna. Biomass is another option, but it competes with food production and is also a limited resource.
Sensor Technology for the Future of Retail
The distribution logistics in food retail are changing: To overcome the challenges posed by online retail, more and more retailers are using micro-fulfillment centers (MFCs), meaning that orders are picked in proximity to the customer. The sensor technology needed for the order picking must meet certain requirements. Leuze offers tailored solutions for this application.
Unleashing the Full Potential of Shop Floors with AI
The innovative data science tool, MELSOFT MaiLab (Mitsubishi Electric AI Laboratory) helps companies drive productivity improvements on manufacturing lines. The new solution offers an intuitive, operator-centric platform that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically optimise operations while maximising equipment monitoring, visibility and diagnostics.
Faster Changeover Times for Different Bottle Necks
Whereas in the past only one category of product was usually run on aseptic lines, bottlers of sensitive beverages now face an ever-growing demand for flexibility. Beverage producers who process both aseptically filled beverages and juice and carbonated soft drinks need to use 38-millimeter bottle necks for the former and containers with 28-millimeter openings for the latter. If the bottle neck is to be changed on a PET line, however, to date a comparatively large amount of effort was required to convert the stretch blow molder in particular.
High-Precision Pressure Measurement in CIP Processes
The basis for the CIP cleaning process is an optimized interaction of the factors mechanics, time and chemistry. Cleaning agents and rinsing solutions are applied to the surfaces of the plant components via a spray head integrated into the equipment. The movement of the spray head ensures that the cleaning solutions completely wet all surfaces and thus clean them.
Rethinking the Machine
The BEUMER Group has completely redesigned and overhauled its paletpac range of robust palletizers. The modular machines now have identical or similar components and modules and – wherever possible – are based on the same design. The total number of components has been reduced and faster deliveries are possible. If replacement parts are later needed, this will also go faster.
Water Reliability for the Southern Black Forest Region
Persistent droughts and heat waves in many regions of the world are forcing cities and municipalities to place a stronger focus on the reliability of the water supply not only by optimizing their networks but also by searching for additional sources that could contribute to long-term reliability. Two examples in the German county of Lörrach show how measurement and automation technology specialist Endress+Hauser supports numerous communities with innovative flow instruments.
The Right Dosage
Goods and products manufactured with industrial processes often contain water in various concentrations. To date, laboratory instruments have been the most common tools for measuring moisture. While the processes are highly precise, they also have disadvantages. Endress+Hauser is enhancing an existing level measurement technology so that it’s also capable of determining material characteristics, radar-based sensors supply real-time information regarding material moisture.
Enabling Accurate Measurement for Custody Transfer in the Hydrogen Industry
The decarbonization of energy systems has seen greater interest in the production, distribution and use of hydrogen. To ensure it can become a viable business, custody transfer for hydrogen is essential and this is now being made possible using the latest generation of measurement technologies, as Ricardo Mendes, Global Product Line Manager, ABB explains.
Artificial Intelligence Helps Lifting Data Treasures
Every day, sensors in production plants collect huge amounts of data. However, companies seldom realise how valuable the correct evaluation of large amounts of data is. This creates data graves whose potential remains undiscovered. The Heubach Group had a similar experience. However, with Festo AX artificial intelligence, it was proven that benefits for maintenance, engineering and productivity can be achieved from central PID data.
A Step Towards Smart Oil Platforms
For smart devices, use in the oil industry, for example on an offshore oil platform, represents a real endurance test. The Pepperl+Fuchs brand ECOM Instruments subjected the Visor-Ex® 01, the first system consisting of smart glasses and smartphone certified for use in hazardous areas, to this endurance test during its development phase. The practical test reveals great potential for rollout in future applications.
Adding Apps Into the Field!
What comes to mind when you hear the word “app”? WhatsApp? TikTok? Linked-in? Broadening our scope from these examples that deliver entertainment and connection, what can apps do for users in the process industries? Quite simply, an app is an application software that generates benefits for the user - on your mobile device, in the cloud or on a server 'under the desk'. Let’s take a look at three apps for process instrumentation, exploring their different approaches as well as their advantages.
Maximum Safety and Efficiency During Filling
Pharmaceutical powders form the basis for numerous antibiotics that are essential for comprehensive medical care. However, margins are low and production conditions are complex. This has led to a shift of manufacturing capacities to lower-cost markets. With this development in mind, how can supply bottlenecks be avoided? And what does it take to revive local production?