Voices: Rick Rice

Rick Rice is a controls engineer at Crest Foods, a dry-foods manufacturing and packaging company in Ashton, Illinois. With nearly 30 years’ experience in the field of automation, Rice has designed and programmed everything from automotive assembly, robots, palletizing and depalletizing equipment, conveyors and forming machines for the plastics industry but most of his career has focused on OEM in the packaging machinery industry with a focus on R&D for custom applications.

Breathe life into your design

Plan well, ask lots of questions and include extra room for the late-term changes that always come with an automation project

By Rick Rice, contributing editor
Aug 30, 2019

When sitting down to write this, the subject matter drew me back to one of my earlier projects, an e-book describing the whole path from inspiration to commissioned automation project. It is interesting to realize how much has changed in my designs over the short eight years that I have been with my current employer but the fundamentals remain unchanged to this day.

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