Zaphne – Content Automation News for 01-25-2018

Advantages and Disadvantages of Automation – AutomationPrimer

Is automation “Good” or “Bad”? There are arguments on both sides of this issue. On one hand the cost of production on a per item basis is generally lower, on the other hand it is often said that automation takes jobs from people. Some disadvantages of automation are: Technology limits. Automation is typically best suited to processes that are repeatable, consistent and high volume. The automation of a new product or the construction of a new plant requires a huge initial investment compared to the unit cost of the product. A skilled maintenance department is often required to service and maintain the automation system in proper working order. Failure to maintain the automation system will ultimately result in lost production and/or bad parts being produced. A few advantages of automation are: Replacing human operators in tasks that involve hard physical or monotonous work. Automation systems can easily incorporate quality checks and verifications to reduce the number of out-of-tolerance parts being produced while allowing for statistical process control that will allow for a more consistent and uniform product. Automation can serve as the catalyst for improvement in the economies of enterprises or society. The gross national income and standard of living in Germany and Japan improved drastically in the 20th century, due in large part to embracing automation for the production of weapons, automobiles, textiles and other goods for export. Automation systems don’t call in sick!Overall, the advantages would seem to outweigh the disadvantages. It can be safely said that countries that have embraced automation enjoy a higher standard of living than those that have not. Regardless of the social implications, there is no doubt that productivity increases with the proper application of automation techniques. What do you think? Is automation “Good” or “Bad”?

Keywords: [“automation”,”product”,”tasks”]

Robotic Case Packing Systems

Building on a strong history of designing customized packaging solutions, our case packers and robotic case packing systems are engineered to help solve your specific packaging challenges. We’ve been supplying robotic case packing systems for over 12 years and have learned many lessons. We lean on our application knowledge along with a strong project management focus to help manage and reduce risk. In today’s dynamic business environment, we’re dedicated to being leaders in the North American primary and secondary food packaging automation industry with a focus on case packers and robotic case packing systems. We’re motivated by the principles of providing both cutting edge technology and faithful customer service. Our Osprey® case packers have been installed by many top meat, poultry, fresh produce and cheese producers. Sample applications include ham steaks, chubs, flow-wrapped packs, beef sticks and more. We offer a versatile line of picking systems that can load products into a variety of package styles including cartons, thermoformed trays, MAP systems and more. Our picking systems work well for product orientation and can also perform functions such as stacking and grouping. Our tray loaders are ideal for loading hard-to-handle products such as hot dogs, brats and other sausages into foam trays. For applications where hand loading is the norm, our custom tray loaders would be an ideal solution for increasing output and reducing costs. Our robotic case packing systems are built in the USA. JLS developed and installed its 1st robotic case packing system in 2002. Since those advances, we’ve become an innovative supplier of case packers for the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries. Our customer-specific robotic case packing systems are designed and built in our 42,000 sq/ft purpose-built facility in York, PA..

Keywords: [“packs”,”case”,”system”]

Industrial Automation

The most forward-thinking companies turn to Siemens every day for answers that enable smart, fast and lean manufacturing. Build a tailored plan that drives quick time to value. Deploy sensors to monitor manufacturing process performance. Automate processes using software, data and logic controllers. With growing demand for craft brewed beer and limited expansion potential, Schlafly needed to increase output within their brewery, while maintaining the quality of their craft beer brews. Schlafly automated brewing tasks, introduced process controls and systematically applied data intelligence using industrial automation technology from Siemens. The brewery was able to increase process efficiency by 30%, while improving product consistency. The BRAUMAT process control system is based on a SIMATIC PCS 7 platform. Those functions now happen consistently and on time – taking minutes off the average brew cycle. The kind of transformation going on at Schlafly Bottleworks is just one example of how Siemens industrial automation solutions are helping our customers stay ahead of the competition. Siemens industrial automation technology and deep domain expertise drives process efficiency, enables quality control and lowers operating costs. Advanced process control technology such as SIMATIC PCS 7, which provide a solid foundation to optimize manufacturing with sensors, software and logic control mechanisms. Industry-specific process engineering expertise across diverse industries such as chemicals, food & beverage, glass, solar, water treatment technologies and pharmaceuticals. Consulting and lifecycle management services through a global delivery network of in-house experts, solution providers and OEM suppliers. Legacy system integration or migration projects with a focus on reducing total cost of ownership and delivering quick time to value.

Keywords: [“process”,”control”,”technology”]

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