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Kevin Lobo, FB Tech Review | Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Manufacturers using automation can bolster food safety, provide consistent quality and unprecedented levels of traceability.

FREMONT, CA: With the invention of new products, the food and beverage manufacturing industry has witnessed considerable growth in the past few decades. The increasing population compels food manufacturing companies to keep up with their demands. Hence, automation has become a vital part of the food industry to meet the needs of the increasing demand of the food industry. Besides, the rising demand for advanced and processed packaged foods and the increasing food safety regulations have surged the demand for automation in the food industry. Here are the top advantages of automation in the food industry.

• Improved Quality Control

When packaging and processing are automated, errors can be noticed more easily. This makes sure that defective products do not enter the marketplace, and manufacturing errors are corrected. There are so many touchpoints along the food and beverage supply chain that it can be complex to keep track of food and to ensure its quality. Food must remain safe and traceable, and it is daunting to guarantee a system that has so many mechanisms. However, automation can change this completely. Automation and analytics systems can be leveraged in discerning data by better-protecting goods and foods along the chain.

• Better Worker Safety

One can adapt quickly to changes in safety standards. To control repetitive and dangerous tasks, AI, automation systems, and robotics are often used. Increased safety and protection for the workforce can also lessen maintenance costs. It can lead to faster adoption of regulations for the workforce at large. In the case of automation, the existing hardware and software to be compliant can be updated and can save the trouble of updating safety gear for the workers, which would no longer be needed.

• Boost in Efficiency

An automation system can perform work faster and better than humans in a few cases. Unless any machine has a malfunction, never slack off. For instance, implementing AI and automation robots inside warehouses can enhance the efficiency of the order fulfillment process. It also has the benefit of speeding up the entire system, so customers get their items quickly. Moreover, it also enhances the performance and safety of the workers, effectively preventing unsafe tasks or mechanical work.

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