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More beverage-makers integrating robots in operations

Cost reductions, long-term ROI support increase in sales

Hollywood has shown both the endearing side of robots, such as in Walt Disney’s “Wall-E,” and the more feared versions from the “Terminator” franchise.


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Picking technology flexes to accommodate worker needs

Short timeframe needed to train workers on voice-picking, pick-to-light, pick-and-scan systems

One of the most pressing problems affecting supply chains is an ongoing talent shortage, according to MHI, the Charlotte, N.C.-based material handling, logistics and supply chain association.


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SKU proliferation demands flexibility from beverage mixing equipment

Operators can utilize processing automation data to increase efficiency

As brands expand their portfolios to include a variety of beverages, they require automated mixing and blending systems that are flexible enough to handle different types of batches efficiently.


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National Forklift Safety Day raises awareness for operator training

Ergonomics could become major factor in forklift purchases

When it comes to beverage operations, worker safety is one of the most important factors for companies to consider.


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AGVs help lower operation costs

New navigation technologies could enable AGVs to plan their own routes

Last year was a record year for automated guided vehicles (AGVs), with AGV system sales reaching $140 million, according to the Material Handling Institute (MHI).


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LEED Certification aims for energy efficiency, cost savings

Hilmar Cheese Co. achieves LEED Platinum certification

The beverage industry alone consumed 76 trillion British thermal units (BTUs) of energy in 2010, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


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Conveyor automation speeds package handling changeover

Gentle handling protects lightweight packages

Celebrity-centric blog spots have led to a proliferation of rumors — whether true or not — surrounding those in the public eye. Although this sort of proliferation usually is met with disdain and resistance, SKU proliferation within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market is fueling a marketplace full of choices.


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Ninkasi Brewing Co. opens expanded brewery

Eugene, Ore., facility includes sustainable equipment, hop filter

After three years of planning, Ninkasi Brewing Co. opened its expanded Eugene, Ore., brewery and brewed its first batch of beer in the facility in late March. The brewery worked with ecoReal Solutions, Portland, Ore., to add numerous sustainability features to the brewery, setting it on the path to reach Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the company says.


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F.X. Matt Brewing Co. adds equipment to maximize craft beer quality

Craft brewer plans to expand pilot brewery to promote craft beer experimentation

Upon entering the century-old F.X. Matt Brewing Co. offices in Utica, N.Y., visitors are greeted with Victorian-era furnishings, including an old bank teller counter with a slanted bottom to accommodate women’s hoop skirts. Historic furnishings like this continue throughout the 400,000-square-foot campus. However, despite its historical appearance, the facility offers many modern touches.


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Aftermarket parts offer efficient, quality options

Non-OEM parts supply cost, time savings

Although many people think of the automotive industry first when they hear the phrase “aftermarket parts,” almost every industry has some form of aftermarket presence, and the beverage industry is no exception, says Joseph Stroup, director of business development for FBN Inc., Plainwell, Mich.


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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