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Food and Beverages | Friday, June 18, 2021

The Internet of Things (IoT) makes the food processing industry feel its presence. IoT has begun providing food suppliers, processors, and retailers with good financial and operational growth opportunities in food and beverage businesses with its unique applications.

FREMONT, CA: Every functional area in the food industry is positively affected by IoT integration. For example, food processing IoT enables food companies to achieve higher levels of traceability, food safety and accountability throughout the supply chain. The IoT network also minimizes risks, costs and waste throughout the process. This transformation, dubbed "Industry 4.0," transforms the food processing landscape into a more innovative supply chain. Below is some more profound impact that digitalization and IoT have on the food manufacturing industry and, consequently, its benefits.

Improved food safety: By implementing IoT in the food processing industry, food disease epidemic risk has dramatically decreased. Different types of sensors use temperature, essential production status and shipping time. Most importantly, real-time temperature tracking sensors enable facilities to monitor food safety data points remotely, ensuring their cold chain supply is managed effectively. The data also allows the supply chain to collaborate and comply with local and global food safety regulations. Automated Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) checklists used throughout production, production and transportation processes empower companies with meaningful data to implement hour-needed solutions for food safety.

High operational efficiency: IoT platforms supported by machine learning algorithms help ensure profitable and sustainable supply chain growth. Such technology and its ability to digitally analyze collected data provide valuable insights into predictive maintenance needs, the performance of equipment, and real-time inventory tracking. For example, IoT devices capture and store operating data, identify inefficiencies in the production line and help identify actionable solutions. These devices' remote connectivity greatly enhances field support, making packaging operations visible. By monitoring equipment remotely, problems can be foreseen before they occur, saving time and money.

Logistics: the distribution chain is fully monitored from storage to shipping to sales points or stores using GPS systems and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) transmitters. RFID tracking provides visibility in the food supply chain, automates shipping and delivery, and monitors and controls process temperature. It allows companies to track GPS product location. All data collected help the company understand customer behaviour, respond better to market requirements, and reduce surpluses. IoT technology also makes product tracking easier for both companies and consumers, enhancing supply chain transparency and acquiring customer loyalty and trust.

Waste Reduction: Every year, a vast amount of human food production is wasted globally. This results in money loss and damage to the environment due to growing atmospheric GHC emissions. IoT helps monitor the state of all food products and send real-time information to the handler, reducing food waste.

Production and Storage: Sensors enhance quality control, worker activities, and real-time food production analysis. Sensors analyze specks and colour throughout flour production, for example, or its moisture and protein content. This can provide real-time production process optimization allowing flexibility to correct any inaccuracies on the spot.

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