Food Processing and Automation

Optimize Production to Improve Performance in Food and Beverage Manufacturing

We help food and beverage manufacturers make their operations automated, profitable, and sustainable. Our customers achieve more flexible manufacturing, excellent product quality, and improved efficiencies.

We carry the most extensive inventory in Northern California. Our people train extensively on the products we supply. We offer 24/7 service to fix problems that arise any time of day or night. We can do take-off and help with product selection.

By partnering with Buckles-Smith and Allied Electric, we give you access to a large installed base of products. Seventy years in the food processing industry have given us the foundation to know what you need to keep your business running.

It's our goal to keep you running in all conditions, even in the middle of the night. We have specialists ready to help you program your equipment and solve the issues you encounter in your operation. Below is a list of some of the industry segments we support.

Case Study: Pistachio Plant Start-Up Emergency

Finding Solutions When It Matters the Most

One of our clients in the Central Valley runs a pistachio plant and was prepping to start up their operation. Twelve hours from starting up, the main power panel exploded, putting their entire launch at massive risk. They gave Buckles-Smith a phone call to assess the damage. We were able to use parts from Allied Electric and our in-house expertise to get them back online within three hours. This speed and efficiency are unprecedented in the industry.

Bakery Automation

Maintain a flexible line and increase yield with bakery automation. We provide innovative solutions for increased productivity and profitability using automation technology.

We can help you automate every aspect of your bakery operation, including:

  • Industrial Ovens
  • Automated Batch Mixers
  • Packaging
  • Conveyors
  • Dough Processing

Ensure your operation has real-time reporting and full control through every step of production.

PlantPAx Solutions for Baked Goods

Recipe management, batch execution, and oven control are massive challenges for local bakeries and global baked goods companies. Consumer tastes are always changing, and they are looking for improved nutritional value in baked goods.

Beverage Manufacturing

Increasing raw material and energy costs, consumer desires, and safety and legislative concerns have a major effect on beverage production. Beverage manufacturers must monitor productivity and performance while taking into account the costs of operation. Automation technology can help you meet demand and increase the profitability of your business.

We can help you expand capacity and increase overall efficiency.

Meet Demand by Increasing Your Productivity

To keep your operation sustainable, you must adjust to increasing material costs, shifts in customer tastes, and tightening safety standards. Turn production data into actionable information with a beverage automation system:

  • Improve production efficiencies and increase throughput
  • Reduce waste and optimize yield
  • Lower operating costs
  • Increase asset utilization

Greater Capacity in Beverage Manufacturing

Our beverage customers use the PlantPAx® distributed control system as an integrated, fully redundant system. Server virtualization improves availability, increases overall system efficiency and throughput, improves process consistency, increases system flexibility, and enables better system security with individual logins, e-signatures, and automatic sign-out.

Brewery Automation

Automated brewery software and solutions are designed to reduce the time you spend managing equipment and processes so you can focus on the art of crafting beer.

To meet market demands, you must increase capacity and efficiency without adding extra costs. As a brewing professional, your main task is to craft high-quality beer to meet customer tastes. This must be balanced with cost management and logistical control.

FactoryTalk Brew and FactoryTalk Craft Brew

Scale your brewing operation with solutions offered by Buckles-Smith. By partnering with Rockwell Automation, you can access FactoryTalk Brew and FactoryTalk Craft Brew solutions for consistent taste and greater yield. This is a great way to increase capacity without jeopardizing your custom flavors.

Brewing Automation and Control Systems

We offer solutions across the brewery to meet demand, maintain quality and reduce costs. From receipt of materials to production to packaging and shipping, an information-enabled control system provides plant-wide visibility into all production areas.

Automated Dairy

Reduce total costs and increase flexibility and efficiency by using a complete approach to dairy production. Using an automated dairy system, you can deliver a range of high-quality, safely produced dairy products.

We partner with Rockwell Automation to bring you the best in automated dairy technology. Advanced dairy dryers and evaporators help reduce costs and hit quality specification targets. Model Predictive Control (MPC) allows for increased profitability and integrated control for optimized productivity.

Giving You Control Over Dairy Operations

The most energy-intensive units used in the dairy processing industry are dryers and evaporators. To reduce costs and meet quality specifications, your operation must be optimized.

By giving you close control of the dryer for optimization and performance, the Model Predictive Control application:

  • Increases throughput up to 8%
  • Reduces energy use up to 12%
  • Reduces off-spec product up to 75%

Model Predictive Control in Dairy Industry

Increase your profitability and productivity with FactoryTalk Analytics Model Predictive Control technology. Learn about how Rockwell Automation helped customers accelerate processes, reduce moisture variability, improve yield and reduce energy costs.

Automated Systems for Dairy Production

Optimize your operations with close integration of information. These automated solutions allow dairy producers to use real-time data in their decision-making process. This gives you a lower cost of ownership, minimized downtime, and faster time to market.

Prepared Foods

Worldwide competition, industry consolidation, and increasing government regulations are quickly shaping the food industry. Market forces create continual change within the food industry and have a major impact on operations and production strategy.

Automate to Increase Yield and Reduce Raw Material Costs

Create better ways to manufacture products through automation. By using a connected, information-rich environment, your manufacturing operation can keep consistent standards, ensure quality and have accountability checks.

Gain insight into material usage and track yields back to individual vendors. In prepared foods, even a small improvement in yield can translate to a significant financial improvement.

Improve production efficiencies, adjust to customer tastes and reduce production costs through automation.

Factory Performance Information Solution

CPGSuite® Manufacturing Execution System (MES) allows you to track real-time progress and set performance goals. This software allows prepared food manufacturers to reduce waste, maximize productivity and increase profitability.

Food Packaging Automation

Lower the total cost and optimize your food packaging production equipment. Scalable packaging machinery technology will help you navigate the ever-changing world of food and beverage packaging. You can expect flexible technology, fast installation, improved reliability, and increased energy efficiency.

RAPID Line Integration

Increased use of SKUs and labels in food packaging has driven a need for better pallet usage, retail-ready packaging, and sustainable materials. RAPID Line Integration™ is a configurable line control solution that offers:

  • Built-in line performance management
  • Flexible approach to integrating discrete manufacturing lines
  • Setup, control, and analysis of an entire line from one location

Safety Is the #1 Priority

Machine Safety

Having workplace safety integrity without compromising productivity is possible. Millions of employees are injured in the workplace every year. By implementing a holistic approach to machine safety, you can reduce accidents and keep productivity levels.

Food Safety

Modern food safety standards require a modern strategy for food safety. Check out the five steps your food safety program can implement to keep consumers safe.

Energy Management in Food Production

Gain control of your energy consumption without having an impact on your production. By having an energy management strategy, you can gain real-time energy awareness, look for areas to optimize, and increase your operation's profitability.

What does efficient energy management look like? Reduction in water use. Lowering carbon dioxide levels. Reducing the amount of fuel, compressed air, and electricity your production uses daily. You can create a strategy to help you manage your energy.

Food and Beverage Digital Transformation Case Studies

Rockwell Automation has helped many companies find digital transformation solutions to scale their processes and become more productive. Check out these exclusive case studies to see the potential for your operation.

Services and Technical Support

Buckles-Smith and Allied Electric have an extensive technical support staff ready to help you troubleshoot problems and brainstorm potential opportunities for your operation. Our team of experts will help you every step of the way, from the initial quote to final order placement.