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EQUIPMENT
WHAT'S
NEW IN
CONTROL
SYSTEMS
A look at how these tools are evolving.
By Keith Loria | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com
I
In the pet food industry, industrial control systems automate
and enhance the processes for production and material
flow. Any efficiencies or inefficiencies in this process
are much more visible than legacy systems, so good
control systems amplify productivity in a good process,
therefore impacting overall production efficiency in pet
food and treat processing applications.
Today's control systems are all about utilizing 21st
tury technology, with smart control systems and concennectivity
being top of mind for all pet food companies.
" Smart control systems contain proven and purposebuilt
control elements that are easily connected into live
and historical data, " said Chris Wiley, account executive,
pet food for Shick Esteve, Kansas City, Mo. " This enables
production tools such as mobile dashboards, advanced
process controls and predictive analytics. "
Matt Lueger, vice president of sales, NorthWind
Technical Services, Sabetha, Kan., noted the industry
is working to update its approach to control systems to
make them more attractive to a younger workforce, such
as having operational screens on mobile devices that
look more like the apps they use every day and provide
situational information relevant to what they need to
know based on current conditions.
" We've changed our overall approach to touch screens
to utilize high-performance graphics that highlight only
pertinent information and have worked with industry
partners to incorporate smart notifications based
on machine parameters, " he said. " Additionally, we are
currently updating our BatchLOGIX software to a webbased
application that will allow for better mobility
moving forward. We think that having a mobile operator
workforce will help put operators and maintenance
personnel close to the issues and help reduce downtime. "
Today's technology can connect people to the plant
just about anywhere. When communication technology
is connected to the internet, mobile devices and new
visual interfaces, it allows production teams to become
more collaborative and effective, and the operating and
maintenance support areas to grow to multiple facilities.
In older systems, costly communications bandwidth
were installed and data was stored on premise with large
servers. Programs were written to concentrate data and
" squeeze out " maximum digital equipment utilization.
" When internet technology began to spill over into
the industrial space communications, controls were purchased
with additional ethernet capabilities, and standard
configurations made installation more intuitive
and predictable, " Wiley said. " Communications and data
storage became easier and more affordable. Now cloud
storage, augmented reality, digital twins, electronic asset
management, and an entire virtual platform are considered
with smart control systems. "
Industry 4.0
Susan R. Newman, Ph.D., director of professional services,
METER Group, Inc., a Pullman, Wash.-based instrument
provider to the pet food industry, noted hands
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METER Group's
SKALA system
measures real-time
drying data to drive
actionable insights for
improving efficiency,
food safety and
consistency.
METER Group, Inc.
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