Digital Transformation in the Food and Beverage Industry: Two Examples

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Digital transformation has quickly become the buzzword in the manufacturing industry. In order to increase efficiency and minimize the effect of wasteful business processes, organizations are turning to intelligent tools and systems that leverage AI for tasks such as enhanced QA, automation, demand forecasting, etc…
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Food and Beverage manufacturers, in particular, have realized they can overcome a broad range of challenges related to traditional production processes by transitioning into newer, partly autonomous, perpetually evolving ERP systems. Solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 can help with tasks like ensuring food safety and Supply Chain optimization, helping organizations stay agile amidst constant sentiment change from the customers’ side.

Let’s take a look at two examples of how manufacturers in the FDA-regulated industry can take the next step in ensuring their products and endeavors are future-proof:

Advanced data analytics and connected manufacturing

The majority of the equipment utilized by Food and Beverage manufacturers isn’t what we’d call “intelligent”. With the help of AI, IoT, Machine Learning and machine communication, as well as cloud-connected sensors and KPI indicators that provide real-time information, companies will be able to keep track of the subtleties related to product and process quality.

Unprecedented amounts of enhanced data will transform processes such as predictive maintenance, demand forecasting, inventory optimization, anomaly insights, quality assurance and many others.

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For example, carving meat at a meat processing facility could be done with far greater accuracy thanks to real-time feedback. Sensors and cameras could be set up in a way that captures the yield of each individual piece of meat and compares it to the necessary specifications. After analyzing visual indicators, these sensors would notify workers or supervisors if the requirements aren’t being met and even make automated adjustments to reduce downtime to a minimum.

Automated auditing

Auditing is facing what could be its biggest shake-up in a long, long time. Time-consuming, manual processes are going to become a thing of the past thanks to Big Data analytics and auditing standardization software.

An automated audit management system speeds the processes of preparing for an audit, makes scheduling and conducting happen more seamlessly, and provides detailed insights and reports on auditing activity. It ensures consistency and provides granular control over your business operations.

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Tasks such as trimming, which require a great deal of attention and sample a tiny percentage of production, will now be done effortlessly with the help of AI-powered tools. This means corrective action can be performed in real-time, instead of delaying it for several days and dealing with downtime.

There are countless ways digitalization can help Food and Beverage manufacturers progress and become innovators and market disruptors. Apart from increasing agility and adaptability, fast-evolving technologies have shortened innovation – and go-to market cycles, reducing production costs and helping deliver highly profitable, immersive customer experiences.

If you’re looking to transform the Food and Beverage landscape and increase the quality of your products and services, check out our page about leveraging Merit Solutions’ next-gen software solutions in FDA-regulated manufacturing.

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