Cranes and conveyors do more than move cartons and pallets of dairy products. They are sources of electrical energy that can be captured and redeployed in a dairy processing plant.
September 13, 2017
Cups of yogurt travel down conveyors toward tray packagers or cartoners to be stacked on pallets and stored in a refrigerated warehouse. All of these steps serve to protect the product. This package-handling machinery is also a source of energy that dairy processors can recover and redeploy elsewhere in the plant.
The experience acquired through years of hands-on processing is at risk of being lost as plants adopt automation. While IT knows computers, production personnel’s hands-on knowledge of how equipment works contributes to food safety. The upshot? Balance the two.
ON DEMAND: The world is rapidly changing and large food and beverage producers are adopting automation and digitalization technologies that give them a competitive edge, allowing them to produce more efficiently and provide insightful information for decision making. Producers who lag behind will themselves be unable to compete. Technologies that used to be optional are now required for plants that want to remain competitive in a rapidly changing, cost-competitive landscape.