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.
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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.
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.
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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