Case Studies

Case Studies September 9, 2016

Packaging operation increases by half with planning, wireless, mobility

Cover Story: System integrator upgrades a cherry packaging operation at Prima Frutta, for a 50% production increase, using Ethernet, wireless, and mobility technologies, along with extensive planning and simulation.

By Laura Kelm and Jason Kieffer
Jason Kieffer, project manager for Industrial Automation Group (IAG), holds the electrical schematics for one of the electrical panels used in the Prima Frutta Linden cherry packing facility upgrade. Image courtesy: Echo Media Productions
Case Studies September 9, 2016

Prima Frutta Linden cherry packing facility: Project and installation technology details

Project and product details follow in a major Industrial Automation Group (IAG) and Prima Frutta upgrade to Prima Frutta’s Linden cherry packing facility. Questions and answers cover controllers, sensors, actuators, Ethernet, wireless, timeline, and advice.

By Jason Kieffer and Mark T. Hoske
Figure 3: Flexible support programs offer agreed service levels rather than prescribed quantities of materials and labor. Courtesy: Honeywell Process Solutions
Case Studies July 11, 2016

Surviving a control system migration project

Control system migration projects can provide significant value to industrial operations by ensuring a smooth transition to newer technology with virtually no changes to physical wiring or intellectual property.

By John Rudolph
Case Studies July 2, 2016

Information from wireless transmitters saves energy

Cover Story: Wireless transmitters provide process information and increase energy efficiency in facilities.

By Jesse Dodge
Energy usage is a major factor associated with manufacturing facilities. Tracking energy usage at the plant, production line, and equipment level can help monitor and reduce energy usage, saving valuable resources. Courtesy: Alex Marcy, Corso Systems
Case Studies June 28, 2016

Energy saving control projects

Energy usage is a major factor associated with manufacturing facilities. Tracking energy usage at the plant, production line, and equipment level can help monitor and reduce energy usage, saving valuable resources.

By Alex Marcy
Automation benefits were described by, (left to right) Rocky Rowland, a Mazak production manager; Keith Holliday, president and CEO of Global Drilling Support; and Michiel Tijsseling, Dow Chemical process automation leader at the ARC Group Industry Forum,
Case Studies April 22, 2016

Integration, prediction, 2020 control room

Think Again application summaries: Machine data integration saves time, predictive maintenance avoids unplanned downtime, and a control room designed for 2020 attracts young engineering prospects, among other benefits.

By Mark T. Hoske
Mazak said machine monitoring benefits include efficiency improvements of 17% by analyzing downtime data, as explained at the ARC Group Industry Forum, in Orlando, Fla. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
Case Studies April 21, 2016

Think Again: System integration, networking for machine tools

Application examples: Machine data integration saves time and increases throughput, according to Mazak; technologies being demonstrated in the plant may be offered on future machines for better asset utilization, among other benefits.

By Mark T. Hoske
Dow Chemical Oyster Creek 2020 control room design often creates a Wow! reaction among visitors, said Michiel Tijsseling, Dow Chemical process automation leader, at the ARC Group Industry Forum, in Orlando, Fla. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineerin
Case Studies April 20, 2016

Building a 2020 control room

Think Again about this application example: a control room designed for 2020 attracts young engineering prospects, among other benefits. See five control room design challenges and three control room design tips.

By Mark T. Hoske
Global Drilling Support uses remote monitoring to provide predictive maintenance services, as explained at the ARC Group Industry Forum, in Orlando, Fla. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
Case Studies April 19, 2016

Sensors and data monitoring help predict the future in oil rigs

Think Again automation application example: predictive maintenance avoids unplanned downtime and improves service offerings, among other benefits, for an oil rig equipment provider.

By Mark T. Hoske
The MGP distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ind., produces tens of thousands of proof gallons a day of brown goods and grain-neutral spirits. MGP is well known for its bulk straight rye whiskey with a 95% mash bill. Courtesy: MGP Inc.
Case Studies April 14, 2016

Distillery saves time and money with virtualization

MGP saved an estimated $3 million with an upgrade using virtualization, compared to a rip-and-replace alternative.

By Jason Singleton