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Food and Beverages | Friday, December 23, 2022

Food manufacturers leverage automated solutions to meet labor shortages and production demands.

FREMONT, CA: The food industry is affected by global changes. Current socio-political conditions are causing high attrition rates in the food industry while the demand for food production is increasing. Food industries need to improve production processes through automation to bridge the gap between rising demands and the shortage of workers.

Introducing automation technologies will have the following benefits:

Regulatory requirements: Governmental regulations mandate that manufacturers provide accurate and relevant information regarding nutritional and allergy warnings on food labels. Labor shortages make it difficult for food manufacturers to keep up with changing regulatory requirements. Automated equipment undertakes repetitive and tedious tasks correctly without introducing any errors in labeling a product's dietary restrictions and nutritional value.

Research shows that labor shortages will increase in the future. Automating equipment can deal with new regulatory requirements. Current workers can focus on other specialized tasks allowing manufacturers to maximize productivity through skilled workers and automation.

Traceability: Automation technology provides better solutions for tracking a food product along the supply chain. It can track a product's movement and record its progress for manufacturers. Officials can account for a product's placement in the supply chain and identify potential contamination. Automation aids with quality checks and the product's eligibility for consumption. It identifies and isolates a contaminated product before reaching customers and retail chains. Automation saves manufacturers time and effort in extensive manual quality checks.

Scalability: Certain data entry and tracking processes require skilled labor. Automation technologies provide these solutions without manufacturers employing more workers. Automation replaces the qualifications of a skilled worker that is required to enter specific data like a list of ingredients in meaningful systems. Enterprising resource planning (ERP) automatically enters detailed data from spreadsheets in easily accessible locations.

Increased output: Automated technology can work longer than human workers. Manufacturers can carry out production more efficiently and without interruptions. Human workers experience more downtime and have the potential to make greater errors. Using machine learning algorithms, developers can program machines to learn throughout the production process. Automation collects actionable data and alerts producers to potential errors in production. They help officials identify, solve, and prevent errors in the future.

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