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Connectivity: The Modern Age of Manufacturing Technology


The digital revolution is upon us — and the food industry is beginning to see the impact. In the race to adopt digitization, food processors have uncovered opportunities for operational and monetary growth in their businesses. The new era of technological connectivity, dubbed “Industry 4.0," alters the landscape of the food industry to become a smarter, more connected supply chain.


Increased Operational Efficiency

Digital analysis platform technology can help ensure sustainable, profitable growth for the entire supply chain. This kind of technology can provide insight into equipment performance, predictive maintenance needs, and real-time inventory tracking.

Services like SEE™ Advanced Maintenance Program not only help identify inefficiencies within the production line, but also provide actionable solutions and technical expertise. Its technology collects, stores, and analyzes operating data so plants have insight into their operations and can pinpoint inefficiencies. A critical component of the Advanced Maintenance Program, SEE™ Smart Link technology, gives processors comprehensive visibility of their packaging operations and greatly improves field support through remote connectivity and data capture.


Improved Food Safety

The 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), put into place by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has created a catalyst for global change in the food industry. Focusing on compliance, prevention, and the complexities of the global supply chain, this law steered the food industry toward a proactive mindset when it comes to food safety.

Building on what has already been accomplished through the FSMA, the FDA released goals in July 2020 to create a digital, transparent, and safer food system. Naming it the “New Era for Smarter Food Safety Blueprint,” it consists of four main pillars that center around traceability, tools for outbreak prevention, retail modernization, and food safety culture.

Connective solutions use smart technology, such as real-time temperature tracking sensors, to closely monitor food safety data points and ensure efficient cold chain management. This data enables the global supply chain to work together to become compliant with local and federal regulations.


Increased Consumer Loyalty

Consumers expect transparency from the companies they buy from — especially in the food industry. Implementing traceability along the global supply chain helps food companies win business by driving consumer trust and loyalty. Although domestic and international regulations can increase the complexity of the global food supply chain, connectivity data can make it easier for both consumers and companies to track products.

New design capabilities and digital printing technology can help bring innovative ideas to life for retail and consumer-ready applications. A smart package can fulfill operational and marketing needs — all while connecting consumers to their favorite brands. Smart packaging technology creates transparency through data and analytics and enhances brand reputation with engaging consumer experiences.

Technology continues to help the food industry uncover ways to connect the global food supply chain to real-time product data, creating endless opportunities for food manufacturers and retailers. Companies can reap the benefits by finding and solving inefficiencies in the supply chain, meeting and exceeding food safety regulations, and providing transparency to consumers.


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