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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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Process and Data Automation Welcome Krones’ Digitalization Expert, Doug Brooks, to the Team
  January 2021 - Process and Data Automation (PDA) is excited to officially welcome Doug Brooks, MES Project Manager, to our team. Doug has spent the past five years building the Digitalization team for Krones and has worked with us at PDA since the integration of our two companies. Having…

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Optimize Production Operations with Share2Act
Digitalization is revolutionizing the world. Share2Act is revolutionizing the beverage industry and rendering its production operations intelligent and efficient. Share2Act networks staff, machines, and IT systems, and is thus the ideal open platform for applications and analyses. Share2Act is a social media platform developed specifically for companies in the food…

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Meet Our Newest Engineer, Mr. Geoffrey Sanko
Process and Data Automation (PDA) is proud to introduce you to our newest Engineer, Geoffrey Sanko. Geoff brings nearly 10 years of skill and experience with him making him a great addition to the PDA team. PDA’s Vice President, Tim Andrews, shared his enthusiasm by saying, “I am very excited…

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Process and Data Automation Announce a New Vice President of Operations
June 22, 2020 – Process and Data Automation (PDA) is proud to announce that Jeremy Anderson has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. This is a newly created position in the company and Jeremy will be the perfect inaugural leader to help blaze this new trail. When asked why…

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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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Application Story: Upgrade of a Brewhouse Control System
The project was completed at the facilities of the Founders Brewing Company, with headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a globally recognized brewing company, and one of the top 10 largest craft brewers in the US. According to Alec Mull, Vice President of Brewing Operations at Founders Brewing, the project was…

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Process and Data Automation Announces Vice President’s Retirement and Replacement
April 28, 2020 -- After 17 years helping to build Process and Data Automation (PDA) into the company it is today, Vice President and Co-founder, Michael Benedict, is announcing his retirement beginning May 1st, 2020. From humble beginnings in 2002, PDA President Joe Snyder and Mike began building a company…

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PDA Lends Expertise to Conveyor Controls Project
Process and Data Automation (PDA) provided engineering expertise for a conveyor controls project at a beverage company based in the Great Lakes region. This expertise was directed at the design and implementation of new programming of the OEM and plant provided PLC, HMI and motor controls in order to integrate…

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