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Dow toasts beer with infographic

Company examines how water sources impact beer style
October 4, 2013

According to Dow Water and Process Solutions, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., water makes up 90 percent of most beers and can determine the type of beer brewed.


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Forklifts help lighten the load

Lift trucks use technology, ergonomics and fuel alternatives to meet industry needs
September 16, 2013

In the game of Jenga, players have to be nimble in order to keep the wooden tower from collapsing. In a beverage warehouse, forklift operators must possess this same quality for a more serious purpose — transporting product without causing damage. And just like Jenga, in the game of material handling, every move counts.


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Intelligent AGV platforms boost efficiency

Automated guided vehicles aid in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution
August 16, 2013

In the interest of creating a more efficient warehouse, reducing cost, and improving speed, 74 percent of warehousing, manufacturing and distributing professionals surveyed last fall by the MHI Automation Alliance said they are planning or considering an automated project for their facility, according to MHI, Charlotte, N.C.


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The happy, hybrid palletizer medium

Robotic, conventional palletizers offer differing benefits
July 15, 2013

“The introduction of a robotic palletizer has had a huge impact on our business,” say Product Manager Jason Covington and Business Development Manager Steve Golladay of ITW Warehouse Automation (ITWWA), Arden, N.C.


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Experimentation at MillerCoors’ 10th Street Brewery

Tenth and Blake Beer Co. facility runs a ‘hand-crafted’ operation
June 10, 2013

Representing the “Tenth” reference in Tenth and Blake Beer Co., the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee is one of the company’s smallest, most experimental breweries, says Tom Cardella, president and chief executive officer of the Chicago-based MillerCoors division of craft and import brands.


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Conveyors make accommodations to protect products

Keeping product flowing to boost efficiency.
May 15, 2013

Just as zone defense is used in basketball as a means to defend specific zones of the court and ultimately protect the goal, zone defense in conveyors also works to protect a goal — but this time the goal is a product or package.


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Celestial Seasonings puts automation on display

Tea facility has standardization in the bag.
May 10, 2013

Since its founding in 1969 by a group of entrepreneurs, Celestial Seasonings has remained situated against a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colo.


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Vermont Hard Cider Co. outgrows its space

Company prepares to break ground on new cidery
April 11, 2013

Vermont Hard Cider Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Bret Williams estimates that when he joined the Middlebury, Vt.-based company in 1996 as its first sales associate that the company shipped approximately 300,000 cases a year. In 2012, the company shipped 3 million cases of its Woodchuck Hard Cider brand, he says.


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Processing automation works at light-speed

Automation streamlines mixing and blending capabilities
March 15, 2013

Superman might be faster than a speeding bullet, and The Flash might be able to run at near-light-speeds, but superheroes aren’t the only ones with the need for speed.


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Racking up warehouse efficiency with storage systems

February 15, 2013

 As many have said during tough times, “There’s nowhere else to go but up.”  


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