IIoT Revolutionizing Day-to-Day Operations in F&B Industry

Food and Beverages | Tuesday, September 08, 2020

IIoT is evolving workflow approaches followed by food and beverage companies to optimize their daily activities with safety, product quality, packaging, and staff.

FREMONT, CA: Everything will be smart in about a decade! Any object or being can work as a computer, connect to the internet, feel the environment, collect information, and provide perspectives on the fly. From the time that food grows in the farm to the time it is reflected on the supermarket shelves, every morsel of food can be monitored and traced back to its source, with the industrial internet of things (IIoT).

Food and beverage (F&B) is an economically important and quickly advancing sector driven by expectations of meeting high regulatory, food security, and quality standards. On the other side, companies are constantly under pressure to innovate and optimize productivity without compromising product quality. Globally, as food safety regulations continue to become more stringent, producers are compelled to believe a few steps forward and create a future proof of procedures and manufacturing lines.

IIoT provides highly useful connectivity, information collection skills, and velocity for food and beverage companies. By connecting devices to collect operational information throughout a manufacturing setting, the IIoT can simplify checks on food safety. IIoT can play a main role in maximizing food safety by tracking distant temperatures and circumstances. Producers can use this data to automate slow, manual surveillance procedures of distinct cooling units, thereby increasing the effectiveness of manufacturing by saving time and labor.

IIoT can assist food producers in ensuring that their food is free of all risks and faces regulatory difficulties.  In the future, on the edge of the network, automated devices will test samples in-line and provide data from chemical and spectroscopic analysis in real time. Analyzing the manufacturing of food in real time can also reduce the response time in possible attempts to decontaminate. This dramatically decreases the expenses associated with quality issues of food and water waste.

The IIoT's capacity to considerably streamline regulatory processes in food and beverage manufacturing is another significant advantage. Manufacturers can collect, evaluate and communicate manufacturing information in real time using IIoT equipment at the bottom of the network. This real-time information can assist manufacturing plants in identifying the measures needed to correct food safety and boost their response time. Food and beverage companies can guarantee that they prevent regulatory penalties and safeguard their brand from reputational risk by helping to anticipate regulatory non-compliance.

IIoT stays here and improves the operational efficiencies of companies around the globe. To guarantee a better product from the idea, however, and to leverage its complete company potential, an ideal IIoT application is something that needs to be taken seriously. The implementation of IIoT within F&B manufacturing's purview has begun, but there is still a lengthy way to go before it can become omnipresent. The potential is enormous, but it takes time for wide acceptance.

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