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Food and Beverages | Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Beverages have been undergoing a subtle evolution into digital applications for at least 50 years.

FREMONT, CA: Regarding the discussions, reviews, and observations made for digital applications with beverage producers, equipment manufacturers, and support service people, it is apparent that going digital indicates whatever the individual interpreted it to mean. Thus, the research effort concluded that to reasonably understand the digital syndrome, a primary and fundamental approach that should be taken to establish definition, application, and answer the most important question of why to go digital.

From an operations perspective, leveraging the supply chain format is a logical and inclusive approach to analyze and answer the question to “why go digital”. The format sequentially engulfs the functional activities from materials processing, via a saleable product distribution, and offers the opportunity to focus on the feasibility of digital application at each workstation. The approach involves an analysis of input/output conditions at that operation and possible interfacing with successive workstations in the line.

Top 10 Beverage Tech Companies - 2020Such a path can be applied to any segment of the alcohol and non-alcohol beverage market. Once an understanding is established of digital and what labor, time, and other cost-saving profits can be extracted from installing digital type systems, a digital team is required to make a comprehensive study at workstations where the data accumulation or monitoring is needed to determine digital feasibility.

Beverages have been undergoing a subtle evolution into digital applications for at least 50 years. Past digital approaches started through technology developments where the machinery was formulated to replace manual tasks throughout the chain. The chain will exemplify where beverages have gone digital in this evolution.

Most beverages start with processing raw materials. The measurements are made using scales and flow meters. Presently, beverage processing centers are advanced in digital technology utilizing programmed devices that automatically control quantities, kinds of materials, and even temperatures for most products. In some operations, instead of batch manufacture, product materials are now blended by type, quantity, and temperature through pipelines directly into production lines. These digital applications have progressed to realizing fully automated processing centers.

Packaging displays also have seen what digital systems provide, such as packaging the product at the filling station. In most operations, manual control and attention have been replaced with automated measurements and digital acknowledgment of status.

Containerized product is configured into units by digitally controlled equipment and automatically unitized for movement to storage. The unitized packages are subsequently palletized by equipment that is digitally controlled to form patterned layers onto a pallet to interface with the possibly automated warehouse.

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