How to Develop a Data-First Manufacturing Facility

While many food and beverage manufacturing companies have successfully undergone digital transformation initiatives, countless others have faltered, failing to get their industrial automation projects off the ground. Recent surveys reveal that only 30% of all respondents successfully implemented their automation plans because of financial constraints and lack of available resources. Fortunately, the industry is adapting…

What Is Lot Traceability in Food Manufacturing?

Modern manufacturing traces back to the 18th Century when operators first deployed specialized hand tools and their physical labor along the earliest assembly lines. During these beginning stages, the aims of manufacturing were no different than they are now. And the associated processes required continuous power, exerted over an extended time to execute production. Of…

Why Do So Many Automation Projects Fail?

Why Do So Many Automation Projects Fail?

Analysts estimate that 30-50% of all automation projects fail. This low success rate isn’t attributable to a lack of understanding or too low of an investment in automation. Rather, it’s the inability to deliver the expected results after the project completes. Automation projects fall apart primarily because of infrastructure-related hangups, software reliability, and project management…

Understanding When to Automate Your Ingredient Handling Processes

Food manufacturers that aim to expand their business understand that automating isn’t merely a value-add proposition. To stay competitive, you eventually have to automate. Whenever production facilities increase throughput, consistency requirements grow, and there is less room for error. While your manufacturing plant may have already automated some aspects of processing, ingredient handling automation carries…