2018 Manufacturing Innovation Award: Farmer Brothers in North Lake, Texas

This lean, greenfield 127,000-sq-ft facility features a customized, flexible manufacturing system that hopes to achieve 95 percent OEE and reduces the need for human intervention on the plant floor. Th facility includes advanced roasters, an automated replenishment optimizer; and custom mixing, weighing and conveying equipment that allow it to respond to rapidly changing market demands.

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