2023 - AVEVA World San Francisco - Manufacturing (Food and Beverage, CPG, Life Sciences, Discrete)
Maple Leaf Foods: Advancing the digital manufacturing journey from AVEVA's Manufacturing Execution Systems to Advanced Analytics (AI/ML)
Maple Leaf Foods began its digital manufacturing journey with AVEVA in 2016 by deploying AVEVA's Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) in Canada's largest processed meats facility.
Maple Leaf Foods' vision for a new world of work was first unveiled in 2019. Since then, the company has been diligently building up their digital manufacturing infrastructure shaped by this vision. Over the past four years, they have successfully scaled their MES deployment across eight sites.
As they look to the next stage of digital maturity, learn how Maple Leaf Foods has extended MES to further improve their daily execution discipline with IoT and AI-based capabilities (at their Heritage site).
Cygnus Consulting Inc.
Blair Hembruff is the Chief Engineer and President of Cygnus Consulting Inc., an AVEVA Certified MES and System Platform SI located in Markham Canada. With a proven track record and over 30 years experience, Blair has delivered industrial applications solutions to clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including food manufacturing, steel, oil and gas, consumer products manufacturing and power generation. He has successfully delivered a comprehensive range of project services, including DCS, SCADA, control system networks and MES, from initial analysis to commissioning. Blair has earned the role of trusted advisor, providing consulting expertise to clients and assisting them in identifying plant information system improvement opportunities.
Maple Leaf Foods
Senior solutions architect at Maple Leaf Foods, a leading Canadian consumer packaged meats company with a vision to be the most sustainable protein company on earth. I have been working at Maple Leaf Foods for 25 years, and I have witnessed and contributed to the company s remarkable transformation and growth.
Have led and participated in numerous strategic and innovative projects that have enhanced the efficiency, agility, and competitiveness of Maple Leaf Foods. Some of the notable projects that I have been involved in are the SAP S/4HANA migration that enabled the company to leverage the power of real time data and analytics, the digital twin implementation that improved the operational performance and quality of the production facilities, and the Line performance solution that increased the transparency and trust of the Manufacturing Facilities. I have extensive knowledge and experience in various domains, such as enterprise architecture, business analysis, project management, software development, cloud computing, and IoT, and am currently enhancing my knowledge and skill sets in cognitive AI.
Passionate about creating value for the business and the customers by applying the best practices and standards of solutions architecture. I am always looking for new opportunities and challenges to learn and grow as a professional.