5 Key Advantages of Horizontal Steel Storage Tanks

Steel tanks aren’t one-size-fits-all. Oftentimes, this means having to spend time researching tanks to determine what shape and size is right for your storage and transportation needs. While a vertical tank may make sense in some situations, there are other circumstances where a horizontal stainless steel storage tank wins out. Let’s take a look at some of the prime advantages of a horizontal storage tank.

Horizontal steel storage tanks sitting on the first floor of a factory.

Horizontal steel storage tanks offer many advantages, including being more efficient and more affordable to transport.

1. Easy Mobility and Transportation

Horizontal tanks are often used within the agricultural and beverage industries because they are best suited for storing liquids like water and chemicals. Thanks to their shape, horizontal steel storage tanks are much easier to transport and move than vertical tanks. This easy mobility makes horizontal tanks very appealing for those who need to house or transport liquids on a regular basis.

2. Height is No Longer a Factor

If you’re facing height restrictions in your plant, factory, or vehicle, a vertical tank may cause more trouble than it’s worth.… Read more

How Technology is Changing the Game for Dairy Farming

AI and automated technology can be seen everywhere nowadays. You have automated processes and robots doing tasks in manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and many other industries. In some ways, it really does feel like robots are taking over.

This is true within the dairy industry where U.S. and international dairy farmers are embracing more advanced technology and automation – a change that is proving to be for the better.

The Old, Manual Ways of Milking

An image of cows grazing on hay in a dairy farm cowshed.

Milking cows used to be a long, manual process. Now, farmers are using machines and robots to speed up production and improve profitability.

The milking process used to be all about the labor. First, farmers would have to collect the cows and usher them into a parlor where they would be inspected and cleaned. The farmers would then spend lengths of time extracting the milk with equipment they would have to attach to the cow’s teats. Once milking was complete, they’d remove the milking equipment and direct the cows out of the parlor.… Read more

5 Ways to Mitigate Risks in Food Processing

Natural disasters, unexpected requirement changes, limited resources, technological problems, and other events you could never see coming. All these threaten your supply chain. And when you’re dealing with something has fragile as food, supply chain disruptions and mistakes can affect people’s health and safety.
So, what can plant managers do to mitigate as many supply chain risks as possible? Here are 5 ways to keep your food manufacturing on track and running smoothly.

Production equipment used for beverage production by a food processing manufacturer.

Having reliable equipment can help make sure your food processing supply chain runs efficiently.

1. Be Strategic with Your Supplier List

Every player in the supply chain has his own job to do. When one player doesn’t show up or has a bad day, it disrupts all the other players’ and their ability to do their own jobs effectively. There can be any number of reasons why a supply delivery would be delayed, but in order to minimize those disruptions, consider your supplier list carefully.… Read more

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Trends to Look Out for in 2018 and Beyond

Healthcare spending is estimated to increase 5.5% annually, hitting $5.7 trillion by 2026. What’s more, prescription drug spending is expected to rise 6.3% per year over the next decade. One thing is for sure: the pharmacy industry is booming. This rapid growth is a tough pill to swallow for pharmaceutical manufacturers who have to worry about technology, processes and resource planning in order to keep up with the demand. Here’s some of the key trends to stay on top of to keep up with the ever-growing pharmaceutical industry.

A pharmaceutical engineer works on a piece of equipment in her pharmaceutical processing plant.

As the pharmaceutical industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, companies and engineers have to embrace new technologies and processes to keep up with the demand.

1. Greater Need for Continuous Processing

More and more pharmaceutical companies are moving towards single-system processes. Why? Because they help increase efficiencies, improve product quality and even alleviate extra costs. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is encouraging the adoption of continuous manufacturing, claiming it allows for a “faster, more efficient process.” Adopting such processes can help pharmaceutical companies maintain product quality despite dips in employee resources, and address causes of drug shortages.… Read more

How IIot will Affect Food Processing

An engineer watches as technology automates the process of one of his machines at the food processing plant he works at.

 

What if you could identify a part of your equipment that needs maintenance or replacing before it actually breaks and disrupts the rest of your supply chain? Or what if you could quickly and easily collect your data, saving you hundreds of hours that could now be spent on smarter analyses and more strategic operating decisions? This is the beauty of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIot). Here’s how the IIot is changing the game for food processing and can benefit your business.

What is the IIot?

You’ve probably heard the term “IIot” and wondered what it meant. You know technologies like Amazon Echo, WiFi door locks and other “smart” home appliances are meant to make your home safer and more connected, but you may be questioning how that applies to food processing. Well, similar to these “smart home” devices, there are technologies like sensors and cloud-based software that are designed to make food production operations more connected and efficient.… Read more