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OPERATIONS
Sustainable and sanitary
AUTOMATION
Equipment manufacturers are using the latest
technologies to boost flexibility and reliability.
by Allison Gibeson | dairyprocessing@sosland.com
M
eeting simultaneous needs for automation,
sustainability and sanitation is the driving force
behind new innovations in dairy processing
equipment, and while automation in manufacturing is not a
new trend, the current workforce shortage is causing dairy
processors to place an even greater emphasis on automation
than ever before.
" For a long time, companies have migrated toward
automation, but with a difficult time finding a workforce, we
are seeing an even bigger push into automation, " said Bruce
Blanchard, director and head of separation sales at GEA
North America.
To this end, GEA has introduced its PerformancePlus
condition monitoring technology for equipment. Blanchard
said this innovation alerts processors in real-time when
something changes in the equipment and pinpoints if it is a
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temporary issue or a bigger problem that might result in a
failure. He said this in turn allows for less down time due
to unnecessary preventive maintenance as the system can
pinpoint exactly when work needs to be done to prevent a
failure.
Not all pieces of equipment on a system work equally
as hard, Blanchard emphasized. In some cases, a particular
valve might move once an hour, but in other applications that
same valve might only move once a day. As a result, they even
have artificial intelligence built into the system to learn when
different parts need maintenance.
Additionally, Blanchard said energy efficiency in
processing has been steadily increasing over the years. He
said when belt-drive machines were first introduced about
20 years ago, they increased energy efficiency from about
60-70% to about 90%. When they introduced direct-drive
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