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A Sobering Reminder of the Importance of Traceability for Food Safety

Posted by Steve Beyer on Nov 26, 2018 2:32:30 PM

When news such as this most recent E. coli outbreak striking romaine lettuce hits the industry and the food chain, it is cause for concern and action.  Safeguards get challenged, systems audited, processes analyzed, and conventional wisdom is questioned.  There can be no areas off-limits, no “sacred cows” that avoid scrutiny.  Everything must be assessed to ensure we protect the security of the consumers and all the elements of the world’s most complex and efficient system feeding Americans and people worldwide.

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Topics: food industry, Manufacturing, Safety

You, H2 and Avocados!

Posted by Steve Beyer on Oct 30, 2018 9:22:11 AM

What is central to our daily lives, and to core practice areas within our work at Optimation, is the optimization of resources and productivity for food and energy.

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Condensate Skids for Waste Processing

Posted by Steve Beyer on Aug 27, 2018 9:52:42 AM

Skid systems solve a wide range of problems for many industries. Even waste processing in a hazardous industry, like one that handles radioactive waste, can be aided by a skid system.  This project profile is an example of how a modular fabrication & assembly process can be applied to solve a difficult problem. 

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Topics: Skid Systems, process design, Mechanical and Process Services, Manufacturing, Equipment

Food Science meets Rocket Science

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jul 17, 2018 4:31:56 PM

Conventional wisdom in many corners of industry may steer seekers of outside services such as systems integration (Optimation’s business) to those firms with direct exact and typically singular experience in a given field. 

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Topics: food industry, Technology, Trends

Technology Trends in the Food Industry

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jul 10, 2018 12:19:27 PM

Capital investments across multiple industry segments are at increasingly high levels and showing little sign of slowing down their acceleration. This reflects the combination of growing confidence in the economy and pent-up demand of previously under-invested years.  This welcome phenomenon is unleashing jobs, efficiency improvements, and technological advances in manufacturing and production portions of American industry.

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The Many Configurations of Skid Systems

Posted by Steve Beyer on Mar 27, 2018 1:24:19 PM

Question: when is a skid not JUST a skid?

Answer: When it is a cart, a panel, a pod, a plate, a module…

More and more frequently we at Optimation are seeing requests, and opportunities, for modular or skid-based production and manufacturing process projects. These are condensed application sets embodied in a well-controlled and highly-engineered custom configuration.

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Topics: Skid Systems

Risk Assessment & Mitigation in Project Management 

Posted by Steve Beyer on Jan 9, 2018 3:13:56 PM

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It’s that time again—looking at our practices to find areas for improvement. Today’s subject is project management: risk assessment and mitigation. Risk is a big deal here at Optimation. We are managing not only our own risk, but also that of our partners, suppliers, and clients. It’s a form of stewardship, that is, caring for the well-being of assets entrusted to us. Very often our clients hire us explicitly to help manage their project risk. This can come in the form of scope, schedule, or budget dimensions, each of which poses its own unique challenges to a client's ability to achieve their goals when undertaking capital projects.

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Topics: Project Management

The Art of Effective Project Communication

Posted by Steve Beyer on Nov 30, 2017 8:35:03 AM

Communication is one of the most significant factors in any kind of venture. Whether it's operating a business or executing a capital project, communication among team members and between stakeholders is critical. Clarifying understanding, enabling trust, and building confidence, are just a few of the critical benefits of optimized communication. This blog post is intended to explore the application of effective communication, specifically in capital projects.

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Topics: Communication, Project Management

The Benefits of Thinking About the Negatives of a Project

Posted by Steve Beyer on Nov 6, 2017 2:04:03 PM

 

"Unintended consequences." Sounds harmless, guilt-relieving, “not-our-fault” kind of language.  On the surface it's a simple-enough statement, declaring that there were outcomes to some actions taken that (usually) ran counter to the intent of the project, and generally they were not desired.  In other words, "some bad things happened that we did not expect."

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Topics: About Optimation, Project Management, Communication, Business, Manufacturing

Measuring and Quantifying the Results of Automation and Process Optimization Projects

Posted by Steve Beyer on Oct 20, 2017 9:21:22 AM

Thinking back to an industry report I read, I recall a condition that still plagues many companies operating in today’s manufacturing markets: Change, Complexity, and Costs -- our "3-C's". These factors are so dynamic in ways and at speeds previously unequaled that I wonder how can our clients keep up with such challenges while achieving their goals and maintaining their advantages? Let alone exceeding those same goals and increasing their differentiating values?

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Topics: Automation

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