Food Automation Case Studies

  1. Intelligent Snack Production With Factory MES
    6/21/2017

    Intersnack Group wanted to seamlessly monitor production processes and review production figures in real-time. This case study shows how MES allowed the company to continually improve its production processes.

  2. Berner Foods Leverages Factory MES To Increase OEE By 68 Percent
    6/9/2017

    Berner Foods lacked the required shop floor information to identify and address root causes. This case study explains the benefits the company experienced from implementing MES.

  3. Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen Implements Tomra Sorting Food Technology To Continue Expansion
    3/20/2017

    For more than 40 years, Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen has supplied high quality salads and side dishes, using only premium ingredients including locally grown potatoes and fresh vegetables. Based in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the business places great emphasis on the quality of its raw materials - ensuring its products are fresh - and looks to exceed expectations.

  4. Global Confections Manufacturer Easily Pulls Gum Sheeter Technology And Cost Efficiency Into The Digital Era
    10/18/2016

    Over the past 100 years, chewing gum manufacturers have radically diversified their offerings with new shapes, sizes, ingredients, flavors and purposes. However, as the industry evolved, manufacturing systems lagged, risking efficiency and profitability. This case study explains how one confectioner broke away from legacy, mechanical-based chewing gum sheeter machines for an open architecture system.

  5. Food Manufacturer Improves Yields 5% With Installation Of Steam Peeler Equipment
    8/3/2016

    Hata Foods is a subsidiary of the Kobe Bussan Group which manufactures frozen foods, chilled side dishes and PET-bottle products such as salad dressings and sauces. Hata Foods has a popular product line which highlights the flavor of Japanese domestic potatoes, also known as 'Potato Salad Bases'. To help with production of this line, Hata installed a TOMRA Orbit 150 steam peeler, brusher, washer, and a TOMRA Genius B1200 sorting machine. The company's CEO Toshiyuki Hata discusses what kind of impact these changes have had.

  6. Automation System Maximizes Productivity For Soy Oil Production Plant
    7/29/2016

    Extracting oil from soybeans is a complex process. The owners of a soy oil production plant in Paraguay wanted to maximize productivity while minimizing the risk of downtime. To do so, they required an integrated automated solution.

  7. SABMiller Brewery Groups New Radar Level Transmitters Exceed Hygienic Design Specs
    7/29/2016

    The Sitrans LR250 hygienic encapsulated antenna (HEA) is specifically tailored to the requirements of beverage production. The SABMiller brewery group recently demonstrated that the radar level transmitter with a hygienic design also meets these high requirements in practice.

  8. Salt Manufacturer Increases Automation Production Analysis With Laboratory Information Management System
    7/29/2016

    A salt manufacturer has benefited greatly from automating its production analysis with a laboratory information manage­­ment system. Implementation was quick and simple, and employees adapted easily to the user-friendly controls.

  9. Sugar Manufacturer Improves Mill Efficiency by 30 Percent With Integrated Drive System
    7/29/2016

    Despite the challenges currently facing the global sugar industry, a sugar manufacturer has improved its mill efficiency by 30 percent following the replacement of its steam turbine with an integrated drive system. 

  10. Automation Enables Growth & Boosts Productivity In A Pathogen Testing Lab
    6/29/2016

    A contract testing laboratory was experiencing rapid growth in pathogen testing volume. This case study shows how the lab was able to expand, with no additional resources, and provide higher quality results.