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The Smart Factory in the Future Beverage Industry

Food and Beverages | Friday, December 04, 2020

Industry 4.0 needs a forward-thinking, proactive method to invest in new technologies and adopt a strategic change in its business model and culture.

FREMONT, CA: The technology revolution comprising Industry 4.0 is impacting the beverage sector. From smart automation in processes to innovation insights and marketing efforts allowed by the Internet of Things (IoT), opportunities are extrapolating throughout the value chain. This article highlights the vital areas where new Industry 4.0 potentials can sharpen spirits producers’ competitiveness and boost their profitability. Production processes from manufacturing to services and retail are being impacted by Industry 4.0. The beverage industry is no exception. Industry 4.0 is altering the way the industry produces, markets, transact, and reports. Here are some areas where Industry 4.0 can benefit the beverage industry.

• Plant Productivity and Resource Management

Production can be improved in multiple ways. Automation enhances process speeds and KPI achievement. Collaborative robots on bottling and packing lines and in warehouses accelerate processes and alleviate ergonomically onerous tasks previously assigned to operators, enhancing safety and productivity. Analytics and IoT infrastructure are creating improved and centralized information, allowing integrated visibility across the value chain. Ingredient input efficiencies can be refined and quality control enhanced.

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• Formulations and Techniques

Technologies have exponentially advanced production processes. Using IoT equipment sensors, variables regarding temperature, air and water flows, barrel pressures, humidity, and dozens of others – are surveilled and analyzed for flavor. Countless permutations of adjustments are now attainable through automation, and the impacts can be monitored in real-time. As data point collection increases, so the degree of expertise and the level of experimentation.

• Innovation

The surge of innovations and repertoire drinking among consumers needs producers to be on the cutting edge of trends. Innovation is a fule. Predicting the wave of a consumption trend is about timing. Exotic gins are a more recent example of novelty as a prerequisite for competitiveness and market share among adventurous drinkers in the modern age. Tools to capture data and analyze these rapidly and predictively add dimension to the sales and marketing function’s ability to react to and capitalize upon consumer trends.

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