Three dairy manufacturers have successfully unlocked their potential for ongoing optimization and improvement
In the dairy industry, the production is dynamic and commodity-driven. To help meet high demand, companies require a shift in thinking about what processes and technologies are used, as well as what new skills are needed.
The challenges and opportunities are as varied as the companies themselves. Some may discover bottlenecks in a process that can be solved through enhanced machine control, while others may find that the ability to predict maintenance and reduce downtime delivers the most benefit.
The possibilities are endless, but they all need to begin with a basic step – get connected.
Advanced solutions and smart machines enabled by The Connected Enterprise empower manufacturers to gain connectivity in equipment and gain insights into operations, resulting in automation with real-time controls.
Milk Specialties Global needed help to keep up with high demand, therefore they invested in manufacturing intelligence to achieve real-time analytics and insights into their operations to drive improvements in production processes.
The company rolled out the FactoryTalk® VantagePoint® enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) software from Rockwell Automation across its three primary raw milk facilities in the U.S. Within their operations, the EMI software collects, correlates and displays real-time process, business and laboratory data.
It has established a “system of record” that produces a consistent set of facts upon which decisions can be made. This has helped justify operational changes and investments that are crucial to helping the company keep up with market demands.
Following the positive changes, the system showed significant yield improvements – a 7 percent increase in throughput.
Additionally, the new analytics from the manufacturing intelligence system helped the facilities manage their water usage. Workers were able to monitor drain flows and water spikes, keep tabs on water usage and address issues such as leaks to meet the required reduction.
When Agropur Cooperative discovered that its Don Mills facility in Canada could no longer produce seamless data necessary to continuously improve operations, they implemented an advanced solution from Rockwell Automation to the modernize the facility.
The solution included a set of Allen-Bradley® ControlLogix® controls, PowerFlex® drives and PanelView™ human machine interface (HMI) hardware. Each HMI ran FactoryTalk® View Site Edition software on a virtualized server, establishing the standard for all additional software. This created the foundation for converting reams of data into actionable information.
The company also installed FactoryTalk AssetCentre software to manage automation assets and versions control, and keep up-to-date documentation.
The FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI then provided a new level of access to all data from disparate systems across the entire facility as the software exposed what occurred on the plant floor to the workers in charge of making continuous improvements.
The integrated control and information solution provide the facility operators with the data they needed to make informed decisions about their operations. With a modern system, the facility can now get rid of the 2,500 hours of manual data collection each year.
When Miraka decided to embark on process optimization, they teamed up with Rockwell Automation to deploy a system to optimize their milk powder production plant in New Zealand.
The company had its plant adopted the Pavilion8® model predictive control (MPC) software platform, which includes modules to control, analyze, monitor, visualize and integrate information and processes, to identify process improvements and maximize production.
In addition, optimization of the machines resulted in an estimated energy savings of greater than one percent per ton of milk powder during peak production.
By installing advanced technology and equipping machinery to collect more data at the edge, businesses can gain insights into how to get the most out of their smart machines and predict failures before they happen.
The optimized and connected processes in smart factories will deliver high-quality products, improve agility and increase revenue, giving smart manufacturers a competitive edge.