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Artificial Intelligence has disrupted almost every industry across the globe and has also proved to be transformational for the food and beverages industry. The pandemic has resulted in tremendous changes in consumer demands in the F&B industry and made it open to innovations. The priority of businesses is to meet the regulatory compliances related to food & safety processes while managing manufacturing lines and pieces of equipment and reducing supply chain waste. Excessively growing consumer demands combined with food quality maintenance and other services can result in financial setbacks and harm the brand’s productivity, and hence reputation.
Here are a few ways AI can change the game for F&B manufacturers around the globe:
AI systems enable safer and accurate production results with greater speed. The work delivered is consistent and cost-efficient as compared to the work done during the manual intervention. In addition, AI-based tools can help keep employees and equipment safe by identifying potential risks, such as reminding a worker to wear the appropriate safety gear while working on-field.
Technological approaches towards measuring and supervising can have a positive impact on waste reduction initiatives. Without having to wait for the whole cycle/batch to finish, supervisors can keep a check on the quality on a real-time basis and identify any anomalies as and when they occur.
AI-based tools can be used to optimize power and water consumption creating immediate benefits for the company in terms of fewer operating costs and margins and for the environment as a whole. For instance, AI tools not only recognize the variances but also remove contaminants without wasting whole batches by continually adjusting water and energy usage according to requirements. The entire process combined with robotics results in active 24/7 production without any manual labor.
While taking care of safety protocols and environmentally friendly production, AI has also enormous potential to optimize production. As a result of waste reduction and water management, the food production processes become cost and time efficient and hence, uncover manufacturing facilities’ best operating points to meet KPIs ( and in some cases, even exceed it).
In other words, its application could result in faster production changeovers, that is, reducing the amount of time to switch from one product to another while identifying production bottlenecks before they become a problem.
With an increase in consumer usage of eCommerce, AI-driven robotics has proven to be a key tech tool to meet the packaging and picking demands. The labor intrusive nature of the packaging process gives a platform to experts for intelligent automation. AI-run software can learn new tasks and be programmed according to the requirement of a company offering space for creativity and fewer errors.
The pandemic as an opportunity for innovations has proved that there has never been a more accurate moment to explore how AI applications can optimize a business’s productivity, efficiency, and output. Explore more with industry experts at the Food 2.0 Conference.