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How Automation Helps Food Sector

Food and Beverages | Friday, April 23, 2021

The food sector can change rapidly, and automation assists food businesses to remain nimbler and more adaptive to change.

FREMONT, CA: A business requires all of its components to function together seamlessly because of stiff competition and tight margins in the food sector. Firms need skilled labor, the right equipment, strict quality management, an attractive brand, and effective management practices. They also require abiding by the regulations and laws regarding safe production and food handling. The hurdles associated with running a food firm can grow if they achieve success. Changes to production or distribution can impact the thin margins that several food businesses have. However, adding to the workforce or procuring additional supplies on short notice can hurt the bottom line even if firms sell more products. Here are some areas where automation can assist in the food industry.

Traceability

Traceability is one of the significant advantages of automation. Automation, particularly when coupled with analytics, can enhance the traceability of raw materials and foods from the field all the way to order fulfillment. 

Automated tracing systems monitor and track foods with no manual input. So it is seamless to see what is occurring at any point on the supply, production, and delivery chains.  Traceability is also needed for ensuring compliance with regulations. With the right data collection system, firms can collect the data that they need to prove compliance.

Quality Control

A food business has several moving parts, and automation can assist them in working better together. There are various touchpoints in the supply, production, and distribution operations, and firms need adequate quality control at every step along the way.

With the right automation systems and food processing equipment, it gets seamless to notice problems earlier in the supply or production operations. Identifying problems right away assists companies in avoiding more severe issues later on.

Workplace Safety

Automation cannot replace safety training and skilled employees, but it can enhance workplace safety. Automation systems and equipment can perform, monitor, or control dangerous tasks and avoid the dangers that workers have to face. Workers can keep their distance from production that could result in injury. Automated systems can help mitigate costs overall because firms do not have to respond as often to workplace injuries.

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