Digitalization and sustainability: New directions in food production.

 Digitalization and sustainability: New directions in food production.

Sustainability. Almost a buzzword, but without a doubt a central topic in many areas of our society. Many companies are relying on new, digital technologies to implement their goals: IoT solutions and artificial intelligence based on intelligent sensor technology that effectively help save resources. In the global logistics and transportation industry, digital networking ensures better utilization of vehicles and reduces empty runs. In the entire Industry 4.0 environment, predictive maintenance is the most important technology for greater sustainability: mass-collected machine condition data is analyzed and makes proactive maintenance of all equipment possible, defects and process errors are detected early and avoided. Beyond the well-known industries, however, there are also areas in which digital technologies are causing disruptive changes: For example, a fundamental transformation is currently taking place in the food and beverage industry, precisely because more and more manufacturers are relying on digitization. In this blog article, we explain the potential for sustainable management and production that can be leveraged there.

 

Digital technologies: revolution for the food and beverage industry

IoT-based, digital technologies including comprehensive data analyses, cloud computing and intelligent sensor technology: here lies the key to sustainably changing production processes in the food and beverage industry. The reasons are obvious: improved product quality, lower energy consumption and optimized processes. In other words, the use of digital technologies is increasingly becoming a crucial prerequisite for maintaining competitiveness and meeting continuously changing consumer demands in the food industry as well. Real-time data on equipment, energy consumption and much more, collected with the help of intelligent sensors, is at the heart of this digital revolution - with positive effects on virtually all areas of the food industry:

  • Optimized production facilities: Digital technologies integrate and combine different types of equipment and systems in a production operation. This reduces downtime and optimizes capacity utilization. Predictive maintenance - predictive maintenance - ensures lower maintenance costs, increases plant productivity and improves workflow management and documentation processes. Digital technologies also enable processes to be controlled or changed without having to be in the same place as the machines. Plant operators can view relevant data from anywhere and implement necessary adjustments remotely.

  • Food processing: Processes around food processing are optimized with the help of digital technologies. This enables manufacturers to increase productivity and efficiency and drastically reduce energy consumption.

  • Improved product quality: Food must meet high quality standards, and processes are subject to strict controls. Digital technologies support quality assurance and thus ensure improved product quality.

  • Lower energy consumption: Using less energy means: lowering operating costs and at the same time reducing environmental impact. Last but not least, this point has a positive impact on the public perception of a company - which could enable sales increases and better customer and employee loyalty. Digital technologies capture energy data automatically and in real time, increasing the accuracy and efficiency of data records. Analysis of this data forms an important part of an energy management system, as is now often already required by law.

 

Conclusion: Less food waste through digitalization

One important aspect: unfortunately, a lot of food still ends up in landfills. According to a study by the United Nations, around 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted worldwide every year, 12 million tons of which are wasted in Germany every year. This waste has negative consequences for the environment: increased water consumption, unnecessary CO2 production and subsequent economic costs for producers. The solutions to these problems, as in many other sectors for trade, logistics and industry, lie in digitization:

  • Effective market and personnel planning through new empirical values and key figures

  • Intelligent evaluation of purchasing behavior and automated fraud detection

  • Optimized route planning based on production and transport volumes

  • Adapted product and resource planning

  • Digitalized quality management, process optimization and control


veröffentlicht am : 2021-09-02 11:30


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