Managing Operations Across Multiple Sites – All at the Same Time?

About 80 years ago, scientists discovered that it is possible to be in two locations at the same time—at least for an atom or a subatomic particle, such as an electron.  For such tiny objects, the world is governed by a crazy set of physical laws known as quantum mechanics. Good news!  You don’t need

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Is Your Food & Beverage Plant Energy Bill Too High?

How much is your food & beverage plant’s energy bill? Chances are pretty good that reducing that bill is something you’ve discussed. The food & beverage sector is one of the top 5 consumers of fuels and power in US manufacturing, with Grain & Oilseed Milling leading the consumption. Improving energy efficiency can result in huge operational savings.

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Maple Leaf Foods – The Road to Sustainable MES Adoption

Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s leading consumer packaged meats company with more than $4 Billion in sales. Recently, I had the privilege of working with three Maple Leaf Foods plants during an AVEVA/Wonderware Manufacturing Execution System (MES) deployment. Learn more about the Maple Leaf automated MES program goals here.  Our role at InSource was to

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Industry 4.0: Practitioners Share Real-World Examples

In 2018, Industry 4.0 achieved “viral” status as it was a frequent theme of articles, workshops, and webinars in the industrial marketplace. Of the potential benefits, Automation World said, “Industrial Internet of Things, isn’t just a new way of trying to get you to loosen your purse strings. It brings the promise of improved business

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Does Your F&B Plant Suffer from LPF Syndrome?

Paper forms (work order tracking, lab results, maintenance and safety rounds, etc.) are the oil that keeps your Food and Beverage plant’s engine running.  Somewhere in that ocean of paper is the insight you need to save money and run your plant more efficiently. A common barrier is overcoming LPF (Lost, Piled & Filed) Syndrome.  You recognize

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Waste Less Corn Syrup! How to Offset the Rising Costs of Raw Materials.

Bud Light’s now viral corn syrup commercial created a lot of post-Super Bowl buzz and shed a humorous light on what actually goes into the products we drink. While it tickled the public’s funny bone, for food and beverage manufacturers, the rising costs of raw materials are no laughing matter. In fact, talking with our

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Give Your Workforce a “New” Reality. Watch How One Company Did Just That.

According to Forbes, “Digital Transformation isn’t a buzzword anymore. It’s the way.” In today’s increasingly competitive marketplaces, every business is looking for an opportunity to exploit a new competitive advantage that helps combat their industry and market pressures. Numerous cutting-edge technologies promise to help overcome these pressures. What’s more, digital technologies like digital twin, mobility,

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Training Drives Adoption and Facilitates Independent Workers

Wonderware Version 2017 It’s not likely in today’s world that many will argue that training has no value. After all, each of us is where we are, in part, due to years of learning; some formal training and some on-the-job training (OJT). The exact benefits may be harder to pin down. The chart below comes

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Why is My Packaging Line Down?

“Why don’t our packaging lines achieve their design capacity? Why are we down?”  Do those words sound familiar? As an IT Manufacturing Solutions Company, InSource ranked this as one of the top business issues voiced by our clients in Food, Beverage and Commercial Product Goods manufacturing in 2018. Finding the answer is important as companies face

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Digital Twins for a Digital Maintenance Work Culture

Successful manufacturers of the future will need to embrace digital maintenance technology to remain competitive in their industry. Digital transformation empowers people, improves profitability and return on capital across the operations and asset lifecycle. These smart manufacturers manifest stunningly accurate digital twins of equipment, production lines and even full-scale plants and the processes within them.

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Industrial IIoT – Use Cases, Not War Games

Growing up in the 80’s, I was fascinated by the evolving computer presence and narratives found in the movies. From Terminator to No Way Out, I watched these films and they sucked me into the world of new age of computers and how they could be applied. War Games was an especially memorable movie for

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