Primer: Transforming food & beverage manufacturing with Industry 4.0

Mike Edwards   

Features beverage food Industry 4.0 production

Change in the food and beverage sector has been spurred by evolving customer demands in terms of both variety and quality, strengthening legal and regulatory requirements, and the need to keep costs in check.

From a consumer perspective, transparency about nutritional value, food safety, and reduction of packaging waste (or environmentally friendly packaging) are evolving concerns.

Some of these concerns are addressed by legal standards such as food and environmental regulations, but with adequate consumer data, organizations can get a better understanding of consumer needs and preemptively make changes to nutritional values, shelf life, and packaging.

Industry 4.0 can enable food and beverage manufacturers to increase oversight of the end-to-end process and optimize their performance on four levels – products, equipment, manufacturing operations, and business processes and systems. By leveraging data and analytics, these manufacturers can identify and proactively resolve roadblocks, monitor operations, and gather real-time data to make smart, data-based decisions.

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