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Leveraging SAP MII for Business Information, Courtesy of Automation Signals
  Managing a private label manufacturing portfolio can be challenging, and those challenges are only amplified as the portfolio grows to multiple products and divisions.  One consistent challenge facing the managers of such portfolios is determining the level of capital infusion the holdings require to maintain and expand operations.  Protecting…

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Digitalization Digest: Automation at the Facilities of a Condiments Manufacturer
  Success in private label manufacturing depends on the ability to produce accurately and effectively across a potential host of end clients and their stock-keeping units (SKUs).  Feeding the “effective” side of the equation includes both accurate production and skillful arrangement of orders, and the ability for the machinery to…

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Digitalization Digest: The Addition of Line Management
An energy drink manufacturer recognized the need for integrating features of a manufacturing execution system into its new production line.  After careful consideration Process and Data Automation (PDA) was hired to configure SitePilot Line Management (LM) to the new production line.  LM centralizes the coordination of the entire filling and…

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Digitalization Digest: Improving Manufacturing Processes with Effective Production Tracking
A company that specializes in the manufacture of very large open-die forgings as well as open-die forged products such as discs, rings, sleeves, and shafts from high quality, clean steel contracted Process and Data Automation (PDA) to install systems to determine equipment efficiencies at two of their plants, the first…

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Digitalization Digest: Lines Configuration
A problem, facing a large beverage manufacturer, was the installed network operating at the plant, connecting the equipment on the production line.  The approach that had been adopted was a hodgepodge that had grown with the plant.  This resulted in the existence of multiple lines on a single network, an…

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Digitalization Digest: Upgrade to a Food & Beverage Plant
The next entry in our Digitalization Digest, articles and thoughts regarding manufacturing plant digitalization, focuses on a project for an international manufacturer of private label food and beverages across North America and Italy for retail grocery, food service, and industrial customers. Limited production capacity, due in part to an obsolescent…

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Upgrade to Grit Well Controls for a Pennsylvania Borough WWTP
The latest entry into our Digitalization Digest consists of a project for a Pennsylvania Borough of an existing Grit Well control system that was based on a DCS system. The system was proving to be very costly and now effectively obsolete and could not be readily expanded. The system’s age…

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Digitalization Digest: Issue 1 – Network Review and Upgrade
Network Review and Upgrade for a Chemical Company The first entry in our Digitalization Digest (articles and thoughts regarding manufacturing plant digitalization) consists of an Ethernet modernization planning project for a chemical company located in the southeastern USA.  The company has seven distinct site locations on a campus that employs…

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PDA to Exhibit at Manufacturing & Technology Industry Week Event
Process and Data Automation (PDA), a member of the Krones group, will be exhibiting at Booth #616 at the Manufacturing & Technology Industry Week event, April 1-3, 2019, in Pittsburgh, PA. PDA will be highlighting their Digitalization Group services, as they are the solution in North America for: Industrial Automation…

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Digitalization Digest: Why Integrated Systems?
Manufacturers throughout the United States are beginning to enjoy fully integrated systems.  This doesn’t just mean integrated equipment lines, rather, it includes real-time ERP connectivity, connectivity to labeling software and systems, connectivity to physical warehouse via AGV interface and control, and connectivity to the finished goods storage. As plants need…

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