Automation: A Lifeline for Food Processing and Industrial Manufacturing During a Pandemic and Crisis
Note: A version of this blog was published in Food Manufacturing.
The COVID-19 crisis has placed intense pressure on companies as we strive to maintain (and even grow) production amidst possible shutdowns. As the pandemic is teaching us, these challenges require quick solutions. The addition of automation, IIOT and lights-out manufacturing can help companies, individuals and the economy from downtime in a high demand time.
When it comes to feed and flour mills, the old ways of setting up a facility just aren’t cutting it. The industry as a whole is continuing to evolve, and facilities need to evolve along with it. In the milling industry, competition is at an all-time high, and the ability to process more product in less time has never been more important. As the industry continues to evolve, the facilities equipped with the most efficient machinery and capabilities will be the most successful.
From the time we won the Mendota ADM facility job to the final walk-through where we handed the reins back to the client, we didn’t stop. For our team, it was an opportunity to overcome obstacles and grow, as well as a great achievement to work on one of the most innovative flour mills around.
O&M, in regards to Solar Renewable Energy, consists of many services that allow you to optimize an asset’s Return on Investment (ROI). It is a common misconception that O&M services are mainly reactive, instead of preventative. In order to minimize issues that require reactive maintenance, there is a list of solutions that can be provided throughout the life of an asset. When handled correctly, they will prevent those issues from ever happening.
In September 2019, local officials of Mendota, IL joined Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) in the celebration of a new, state-of-the-art flour mill. The result of multiple years and millions of dollars, it is a cutting-edge production facility to provide innovation within its industry and opportunity to the state of Illinois.
When you’re a company that takes on projects of all shapes and sizes, you don’t always know what you’re going to get. Sometimes you get a small, local job that takes a few crew members on the ground. Other times, much larger projects come knocking. And once in a blue moon, you’ll get a shot at one of the largest projects your firm has ever seen. This is starting to happen more often as our reputation grows.
The KE team is honored to accept the ABC Construction Company of the Year Award for the Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter. As a growing company we take pride in keeping our small town roots and applying them to our relationships with our customers and the level of care we provide for our employees. Knobelsdorff’s connection with Associated Builders and Contractors started back in May of 2009 when we became a member of the MN/ND chapter. Their beliefs and passion for promoting the merit shop way of doing business was something we wanted to be a part of. Since joining the local chapter, we’ve worked with ABC on developing solutions to the issues construction companies like us encounter on projects. Their team knows exactly how to drive the issues to where they need to go in order to be discussed at a level that brings solutions to the problems we face.
On Wednesday October 16th Josh Moffett and Dan Steinbruckner surprised Karl (President/CEO) with the presentation of the ESGR Patriotic Employer Award. This award is specified for contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by supporting Employee Participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Force.
We are happy to announce that Knobelsdorff Electric Inc. is now Knobelsdorff Enterprises. We’ve expanded our existing services into three divisions—Knobelsdorff Electric, Knobelsdorff Engineering, and Knobelsdorff Energy—under the parent company, Knobelsdorff Enterprises. We are still one united team doing things the #KEway, but working under three different divisions to allow our specialty services to be better understood by all.
Variable frequency drives (VFDs) have most commonly been used in water treatment plants, where they’re used to regulate water flow. But in recent years, they’ve grown in popularity throughout many areas of the industry. But if you’ve clicked on this article, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with VFDs, so let’s dive right into the benefits.