In Industry 4.0, manufacturing enterprises across the globe are increasingly adopting automation and implementing new technologies, which include IoT, cyber-physical systems, AI, cloud computing, ML, and many more.
FREMONT, CA: The fourth industrial revolution has already begun. Digital technologies are offering tools for enhancing trust, traceability, and eventually shape food supply chains for facing the predicted challenges of the future. Food companies and manufacturers are investing in technological innovations with an emphasis on food safety, processing, and packaging for distinguishing themselves in an immensely competitive market. The following are some of the innovations that are being increasingly adopted.
In modern times, drones are used in agriculture to enhance numerous different practices of farming. The processes that air-based and surface-based drones take care of in agriculture include crop health assessment, irrigation, crop screening, crop spraying, planting, analysis of the field, or soil.
Some of the awesome benefits provided by drones are ease of use, crop health imaging, incorporated GIS mapping, potential to increase yields, and save time. The drone technology, with the help of planning and strategy based on existing data allocation and processing, provides a high-tech makeover to the farming sector.
Farmers utilize drones for monitoring weather patterns, capturing data on crop growth, and controlling energy and water usage. Also, they make use of predictive analytics for comprehending soil and air quality along with equipment and labor costs, in order to make more informed decisions.
Blockchain technology builds strong trust in the food supply chain. On the outbreaks of foodborne illness, blockchain track-and-trace helps the grocery stores or restaurants to track the affected items to their origins immediately, locate the problem quickly so that they can eliminate the contaminated items from the shelves, menus, and supply chain. Besides, better record-keeping makes it much easier to track or trace contaminated products straight to the source, which is fast enough to prevent the diseases from spreading.
Augmented Reality (AR)
Now, it is possible for enterprises to print AR labels in several verticals, thus providing a better user experience. Moreover, augmented reality packaging offers consumers a platform to interact with the product.
It empowers the food companies to enhance the effectiveness of their targeting efforts. AR helps the companies to better cater to the audience segment and offer a more personalized user experience.
Moreover, AR provides a lot of information to the shoppers about the product, like nutrition information, country of origin, and even more technical details, like test results and certificates. Some best AR brands also show pictures of the farm or factory.
Robotic technology enables users to restock particular products in the shelves, access real-time sales data as well as answer certain queries of the customers. The technology also helps the workers in minimizing the burden of inventory management and moves them from the backroom to the sales floor. The autonomous mobile robots function safely around individuals during regular store hours, empowering workers to focus on consumer service and restocking products.
3D Printing Technology
In the 3D printing industry, numerous innovators have come up with the food printers that enable consumers to eat more healthy and nutritious food regularly. The following are some of the effects that 3D printing has on the food and beverage industry.
• Raw materials represent a big fraction of the cost for a food manufacturer. 3D printed food enables them to reduce the costs allowing for affordable and more sustainable food.
• Inventory management has become much easier and cost-effective for the food manufacturers as they can manufacturefood based on the demand.
• 3D food printing changes food production practices and ensures better management of resources while minimizing food product wastage.
In a nutshell, new technological innovation can support growers in optimizing yields and help in reducing waste, which will further benefit the future supply chain.