Food and beverage manufacturers have always had to find a balance between maintaining food safety and maximizing productivity. Today, however, a combination of internal and external pressures can make that balance harder than ever to maintain.
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First, driven by new regulations and a desire to improve competitiveness, food and beverage manufacturers must be able to gain insights from large quantities of data. Manual data collection and paper-based records are no longer feasible strategies. Instead, manufacturers need secure, connected and information-enabled operations.
Second, production has also become more complex. As producers have expanded their product and packaging varieties to satisfy more diverse consumer preferences, their operations have transitioned to shorter production runs and more frequent changeovers. Amid this greater complexity, producers must not lose their grip on food safety.
Third, as production complexity grows, the workforce is undergoing a dramatic demographic shift. Experienced workers are retiring, and a younger generation of workers are taking their place. These younger workers don’t have the deep experience of their predecessors with the legacy plant technologies. As a result, they may not be able to identify potential food safety issues or achieve the same level of consistent quality.
Finally, recalls in the era of social media can hurt a company’s bottom line and its long-term reputation. Today, food and beverage manufacturers must be fast and laser-focused when conducting recalls to limit costs and brand damage.
So, how can producers protect food safety amid all these challenges and still increase productivity? By tapping into the power of smart manufacturing.| | | Next → | Single Page