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.
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.
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.
"Every day in Minnesota, about 100 workers get injured or ill to the point that they can't go back to their job the next day," Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. "Congratulations to KEI for their hard work to make sure their employees are not part of this statistic."
This article originally was published by the Republican Eagle. It was written by Steve Gardiner on Apr 8, 2019 and appears below in its original entirety.
This article was originally published in Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter on February 1st, 2019. The content has been republished in its entirety as it originally appeared.
There are a lot of acronyms in the industrial industry. One prominent acronym we abide by at Knobelsdorff is GMP - or Good Manufacturing Practices. GMP was instituted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) who monitors GMP regulations to ensure manufacturers, processes, and handlers of medical devices or equipment, drugs, food, and other regulated items adhere to practices that ensure safety of products. GMP regulations require a quality approach above all else, something at the very core of our business.
KE is honored to be featured in this article from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. We are grateful for this opportunity to showcase how KE provides complete automation and control system services to our customers. Check out the article to read how we are putting our name on the map with over 100 years of combined service in the automation and controls industry.
Whether you’re providing products, services, or a combination of the two, customers are looking for quality. And a big part of that is the ability to trust the companies they partner with to follow through. This is especially true in areas like automation and controls where issues or errors might not be as obvious.
How do you choose an industrial automation technology partner? Sure, there are a bunch of different variables to consider, but when it comes down to it, most industrial outfits want to work with automation and controls professionals who know what they’re doing, have the right skills and resources, and are going to listen to and help their customers.