The food processing revolution is here.
Between 2013 and 2015, Studies have shown healthy food purchases have risen by 5 percent, whilst indulgent have declined by 2 percent across the global.
The whole and healthy food trend requires shorter production runs and precautions, such as cleaning machines more frequently between batches, are typical of serving the whole and healthy trend.
Many healthy and whole ingredients can create obstacles in production and ingredient transparency issue for the whole supply chain. However, an automation infrastructure that lets information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) communicate with ease, helping speed up production and solve complications.
This infrastructure can also help manually track temperatures, configuring flow rates and ensuring quality reviews.
Contrast this with an automated workflow that enforces best practices on how a line should run, and a measurement system built into your control infrastructure that validates measurements in-process. Your control or OT system can feed data up through the enterprise IT system.
Once shared, this information can be further analyzed, contextualized and stored, for example, to provide details on the average cost of a batch, which might influence business decisions around pricing a product or ingredient purchasing.
The removal of manual tasks enhances the quality and allows a manufacturer to provide documentation supporting quality and introduce a faster-working production line.
Connected systems allow for more efficient clean-in-place practices through tracking data consistent with validation plans.
Meaning Producers will not only be able to identify what ingredients went into a product, and what processes were followed but also details regarding the final destination.
Overall this means suppliers will be able to Stay on top of consumer demand and government regulation can be challenging.
When an automation infrastructure connects IT and OT systems, the benefits of consumable, real-time information and improved control will ensure quality, consistency, and efficiency.