How is Factory Automation Impacting Food and Beverage?

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Originally Recorded:
May 19, 2020

Sponsor: Aptean

Speakers: Brent Robertson, Customer Leader, Aptean Factory MES     
                  Martin Riis, Director of Sales & Marketing, Apex Motion Control

Speaker/Moderator: Dave Fusaro, Editor-in-Chief, Food Processing

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While discrete manufacturing has been immersed in automation and the industrial internet of things for quite some time, process and batch manufacturers — in particular, food and beverage manufacturing — have been slower to adopt. But they are beginning to. Digital transformation helps food and beverage manufacturers run their plants in a simpler, smarter and more strategic way.

We will examine how the current coronavirus pandemic could be an impetus for automation. Removing humans from some production tasks could keep plants operating in similar situations and keep workers safe — after all, robots don’t get sick, nor spread disease.

Attendees will learn:

  • * How to create a smart factory with IOT devices and supporting technology
  • * How to get shop floor workers to accept automation by fostering collaboration and improving visibility
  • * Cobots, a relatively new robotic concept, can work side by side with humans without injuring their human coworkers.
  • * How organizations can leverage actionable intel to optimize performance

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Meet the Presenters


Dave Fusaro, Editor-in-Chief, Food ProcessingDave Fusaro
Food Processing

Dave Fusaro has been editor in chief of Food Processing since 2003. Before that, he was editor in chief of Dairy Foods and managing editor of Prepared Foods, so he’s been covering the food & beverage industry for 27 years. Dave has won national writing awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for company profiles of Mars Inc., Heinz, Hormel and Nestle. He has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Earlier, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing. Dave holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University.

Brent-Robertson,-Customer-Leader,-Aptean-Factory-MESBrent Robertson
Customer Leader

Aptean Factory MES

Brent Robertson is the Customer Leader for Aptean’s Factory MES solution. Prior to taking on his current role as leader for the product, Brent spent many years as a Performance Coach, partnering with manufacturers to equip their teams with the necessary tools to deliver results and helping them effectively leverage data to drive improvements. He has more than 20 years of experience as a Lean Specialist and holds certifications from ASQ as a Six Sigma Black Belt and the University of Texas of Dallas as an Executive Coach.

Martin Riis, Director of Sales & Mktg, Apex Motion ControlMartin Riis
Director of Sales & Marketing
Apex Motion Control

Martin Riis has spent his entire career, building, designing & selling food processing equipment ranging from flour silos & tunnel ovens to fully automated production systems and robotic cake decoration lines. In 2018 he joined Apex Motion Control to help them develop & market their new collaborative robotic product line, the Baker-Bot.   

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