30 November 2017
by Tetra Pak Editorial Team
Naturally, the food and beverage manufacturing industry must be focused on safety and reliability. Combined with increased cost pressures in the industry, some manufacturers are turning to automation and digital tools to help them produce more efficiently and provide insightful information for decision making – all while maintaining high standards of product safety and quality. But making such a move can feel disruptive to an industry that relies on a more traditional approach to operations, which is often run with legacy equipment.
The digitalization of management processes and services, alongside basic management processes, is set to play an important role in helping food and beverage manufacturers to manage operational complexities. It presents a tremendous opportunity for food and beverage plants to not only optimize safety but also increase efficiency and reliability.
Connectivity is a key driver in the digitalization movement. When connectivity is approached strategically, it creates solutions to streamline operations, ensure high quality standards and mitigate food safety risks. That’s because it improves communications between employees and support teams, and increases access to data and analytics significantly. If issues arise they can be resolved quickly and effectively without impacting production performance, ultimately driving productivity and protecting manufacturers from errors which could jeopardize food safety and the relationship with the end consumer.
Increased sophistication of tools in the industry is also enabling high-level traceability at the packaging stage. This means that food and beverage manufacturers are tracking and tracing products all the way through to the consumer by using automation systems that connect and control entire operations – from raw material reception to finished packaged and palletized products through a single data management system.
More recent technologies have enabled connectivity and enhanced analytics to minimize production down time through predictive maintenance and faster trouble shooting,
Working with your newfound data
Those who do adopt digital will find themselves with a wealth of data which can be a powerful tool to drive productivity and high quality standards. However, data only becomes a powerful tool when combined with the knowledge and expertise to know what to do with it. So, digitalization doesn’t diminish the need for personnel experience and expertise. On the contrary, it is critical that for them to be trained on how to transform information and data into actionable insights. At the end of the day, having all the information and data is really about empowering people to make better decisions and take action.
New things are constantly emerging in the world of digital, accelerating development. For those manufacturers that embrace digitalization, the reward is a competitive edge in a dynamic and rapidly changing marketplace.
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