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How is Technology Influencing Food Manufacturing?

Food and Beverages | Friday, June 04, 2021

Digital twins in food manufacturing will make their way into product development, testing, post-production, distribution, and practically every other aspect of the business as the systems and controls that support it grow smarter and more computerized.

FREMONT, CA: Some remarkable technologies are already impacting the food sector and will continue to do so in the future. As its use becomes more widespread, the industry will evolve to become smarter and more efficient, with overall improvements.

Automation

Automation works in tandem with artificial intelligence and advanced robotics, even combining the two to produce a more efficient system. Many technologies are designed to replace or improve repetitive jobs by increasing their speed and precision, resulting in a large increase in output without sacrificing quality. It is not only about hardware, such as replacing a human worker with a robot. It is also done with the help of software. Consider supply chain management solutions that automate the planning of numerous events and experiences without requiring human intervention.

When many of these technologies are utilized together, their application along with usability also improve. AI can be used to produce more intelligent automation platforms, just as it can be used to construct improved robotics. Rather than doing rote or simplistic activities, they can be designed to react and participate based on various factors. A drop in product demand, for example, could cause the system to slow output. It could also switch to a different component or ingredient if there is a scarcity someplace.

Automation technologies can be game-changing with the right controls and assistance. With the world's population growing and needs increasing year after year, food manufacturers will search for any means to streamline operations and increase output, and automation will be a top choice.

Digital Twins

In the food manufacturing industry, digital twins are essentially simulated copies or virtual representations of actual systems. That terminology may seem perplexing, but consider it a clone that can be altered for testing and analytics. In other words, it is a replica of the original system and information, albeit one that is more versatile and less vulnerable. It enables manufacturers and distributors to run simulations by inputting specific data into the system to find patterns, detect outcomes, and so on.

Digital twins in food manufacturing will make their way into product development, testing, post-production, distribution, and practically every other aspect of the business as the systems and controls that support it grow smarter and more computerized. It will become a necessary component for understanding what is going on in the market and keeping up with the supply and demand ebb and flow.

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