More Efficient and Consistent Cheese Production

While the snow continues to fall in the U.S. upper Midwest, the cheese producers will be gathering next week at the International Cheese Tech Expo. More than:

…3,500 cheese industry leaders, suppliers, marketers and more will gather to share information about the latest in cheese technology, new products, whey opportunities, product safety, marketing and additional issues affecting our industry.

Emerson's Vince Massey


As consumers, our taste preferences are prompting a greater demand for cultured, hybrid and organic dairy products. Greater flexibility is required by cheese makers as well as the need to be more efficient in reducing waste in processing and utilities usage.

Emerson’s Vince Massey described how by applying measurements and control along the cheese- and processed cheese-making process can help to reduce product waste, increase throughput and improve overall quality of the cheese.

Some of the key instrumentation and controls include:

Emerson Dairy Production Technologies

The production of cheese has come a long way and become more efficient by reducing product waste, increasing production throughput and improving the overall quality and consistency using ever-advancing automation and control technology.

If you’ll be in Milwaukee next week at the 2018 International Cheese Technology Expo, visit the Emerson team in booth 1709 to discuss how these technologies can improve your business performance.

Emerson boot 1709 at 2018 International Cheese Technology Expo

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Solving Control Valve Vibration Challenges

The production areas of many process manufacturing facilities can sometimes seem deafening. Some of this noise may be attributed to excessive vibration surround equipment such as control valves, piping and instrumentation.

Flow Control: Analyzing Vibration in and Around Control ValvesEmerson’s Adin Mann and Shawn Anderson have written a great Flow Control article, Analyzing Vibration in and Around Control Valves to look at the causes and remedies for excessive vibration. Many times, fixes are attempted:

…by measuring vibration, moving equipment, stiffening the valve structure, rewelding broken pipes, changing the piping system and other remedies — only to find problems still exist.

The challenge is to determine the root cause instead of addressing the symptoms. Around a control valve, vibration can be generated by:

…pump cavitation, flow pulsation, flow-induced excitations, vortex shedding, rapid valve closure, vapor pocket collapse, pump startup and shutdown, slug flow, water hammer and many other hard-to-diagnose conditions.

They describe two types of vibration: Continue Reading

Reducing Operating and Energy Costs in Craft Beer Production

Craft Brewing ProcessRecently in a post, Optimizing Wort Sugar Concentration in Craft Beer Brewing, we highlighted the important role of measurement and control in the front end of the beer brewing process which converts malt into wort. Let’s continue down the production path through the fermentation process.

Past the lauter tun, which we discussed in the prior post, is the brew kettle—the heart of the beer-making process. What comes out of it is everything the beer will be, minus the work of the yeast fermenting the sugars.

Emerson's Tom Belling


Emerson's Wayne Brinkman


I caught up with Emerson’s Tom Belling and Wayne Brinkman about the brewing process. The brewery kettle is where ingredients such as hops and other extracts and nutrients are added to determine the taste, aroma and color of the beer being produced.

This is an art performed by the brewmaster. As a craft brewer becomes more successful and scales up operations, instrumentation and automation can play a role. For example, Coriolis mass flow measurement can measure the precise amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to add to assure consistent quality.

They noted that Micro Motion Elite Series Coriolis flow and density meters are often used in the brew kettle part of the beer-making process. These meters provide highly accurate and repeatable flow and density measurement performance in liquid, gas and slurry applications. Continue Reading

Reducing Project Capital and Lease Operating Expenses

Emerson's Tom Bass


For oil and gas production in shale regions, what are some ways technologies can optimize capital costs and ongoing production performance?

Emerson’s Tom Bass answers this question with many examples to back it up in a recent article, Wireless Technologies Optimize Pads, in The American Oil & Gas Reporter.

The American Oil & Gas Reporter: Wireless Technologies Optimize PadsTom opens noting the cost reductions in capital and labor that came because of low oil prices. However, as prices recovered these cost reductions were not sustainable. He describes how oil & gas producers must relook at current engineering standards and operating practices. By doing this, well pad designs and repeatable project processes can improve project and ongoing operational performance.

He shares how from an operational point of view that industrial wireless sensor technologies can improve repair & maintenance, chemical usage and labor required to operate the well pad. The costs comprise nearly half of the lease operating expenses (LOE). Continue Reading

Manufacturing Asset Health Prioritization and Notification

Plantweb Optics mobile application

View the Plantweb Optics mobile application and demonstration by downloading from the App Store or Google Play

Manufacturing processes create a huge stream of data during the production process as well as with the assets involved in this process. Effective asset management for reliable operations requires getting the early warning signals among this vast sea of data to right person or people for action.

At the recent Emerson Exchange conference in The Hague, Plantweb Optics was announced, as:

…a new mobile-ready collaboration software platform that provides an unprecedented view of plant reliability and operational performance. Connecting technicians, engineers and plant management through Plantweb Optics transforms decades-old work processes, providing cross-functional collaboration and decision-making to help plants operate safely and profitably.

Key elements are that access to potential issues is mobile enabled, targeted for the personnel responsible for investigating and addressing the situation, and collaborative with the information available to the right experts no matter where they are located.

Noted Emerson’s Systems and Solutions group president, Jim Nyquist: Continue Reading