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Can Automation Help In Boosting the Food Industry Efficiencies?

Food and Beverages | Thursday, September 03, 2020

From barns to restaurants, the food industry covers a wide swath of business. Automation has now touched almost every surface of food processing and has brought in hopes of improving robotics, computing, and sensors.

FREMONT, CA: Irrespective of the lean margins in the food industry, automation continues to make inroads in efforts to trigger competitiveness through enhanced efficiencies, productivities, and cost savings. The food industry has been a slow adopter of automation since the beginning and services the same food without a hike in the process is indeed a tricky job.

Automation is considered to be a significant element in the food manufacturing trends, with an increasing number of companies that are installing advanced automation systems. There are numerous benefits of automation in the food industry because of which executives are seen upgrading their networks to boost competitiveness.

• Automation brings precision, which enhances and upholds compliance with rules and regulations of the government, and also decreases or eliminates the fines, saving massive amounts.

• The technology improves the productivity and efficiency of the company and recovers the profit margin.

• By automating production lines, companies can make their operations more flexible as well as can retool and adapt the changes instantly.

• It helps the business evolve into a more active part of the supply chain.

Automation has proved to be a significant factor responsible for the growth of any food-related business. The customer desires to keep continually changing, so the business executives need to figure out streamlined methods to meet the revolutionizing demands. Automation fills the roles that were previously empty and were hampering the customer experience along with the profits.

Automation can be seen in every sector of food harvesting—preparation, processing, and transportation. Even in fast-food restaurants, automation is leveraged to create better efficiency and develop productivity. Previously used automation systems were used to find out the cooking timings and temperature, but the improvements made now have the mundane work of humans and other manual labor. New advances in machinery like the smart oven, is a combination of several appliances such as convection oven, dehydrator, air fryer, warming drawer, grill, and even a slow cooker. 

The latest food processing and packaging maintain the addition of automated ovens, chopping and forming machines, mixers and blenders, filling and wrapping equipment, and other machinery. Unlike older automation systems, the new ones do not sit monitoring the processes, but make suitable modifications in the operations and also troubleshoot the problems.

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