The advances in smart technology and equipment are increasing opportunities for food and beverage companies.
FREMONT, CA: Consumers live in a world with a wide range of options, and the food and beverage business is no exception. Just walking down, a grocery aisle reveals a myriad of brands and product lines and a wide range of product sizes. As the number of options available expands, so do consumer expectations.
Due to this desire for diversity, food and beverage firms are increasingly looking at their machinery's abilities since they need equipment to do more and do it faster. Developing a new production line for each new product is complex and leaves little room for operational flexibility. As a result, food and beverage organizations are turning to smart manufacturing and beginning on a digital transformation journey to boost output, productivity, and efficiency.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one of the new technologies that substantially impact every part of manufacturing. Data has always been valuable, but when paired with IIoT, it influences business performance and, in turn, determines what people consume.
Smart manufacturing and real-time analytics are used in these integrated technologies to better understand industrial operations and improve process optimization. It paves the way for a new era of highly flexible manufacturing capabilities that provide a significant competitive advantage, particularly in the food and beverage industry. With shifting consumer tastes and preferences, IIoT gives manufacturers the flexibility they need to stay ahead of the curve.
Manufacturers can use digital transformation to assist them in dealing with a range of issues related to keeping up with industry changes. This could be due to limits imposed by legacy equipment, employee skills gaps, or inadequate data measurement techniques.
Smart manufacturing, which uses data and information from numerous sources and is powered by IIoT, can dramatically enhance performance to address the difficulties of changing consumer expectations.
Smart manufacturing as a steppingstone to more operational flexibility
With the start of a new year, the next stage toward digital transformation might be merging connected technology's increased data availability with software like enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI).
Innovative technology and equipment advancements are expanding performance optimization possibilities. Manufacturers can use the same machine for various activities due to smart machinery that allows for more frequent changeovers, effective batch and recipe management tools, and the ability to utilize the same device for several jobs. Technology solutions such as independent cart technology (ICT) and robotics are also good examples of this kind of flexibility, delivering benefits such as faster changeover times, lower risk of issues, and a quicker time to market overall.