When I’m getting an issue of Automation World out, it’s hard to blog, too. Getting a little behind. Just heard about a food manufacturer in the Philadelphia area who may have to close. The first report I heard blamed it all on the implementation of an automation project. Further research points to some of the usual culprits–rising prices for raw materials and increased competition putting the squeeze on sales. Judging from the reports, management thought that a $78 million investment in a new automated plant would be its savior.

Wow, they’d have to save a lot of money just to pay off the $78 million. Just curious of I have any readers in the area–or especially at Tastykake–who would be willing to talk to me about the automation project. What they did, how long it took, what the projected payback was, and so on. [email protected] Thanks

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