IoT And Food Manufacturing
We are moving past the time when workers need to be
physically present to monitor every piece of equipment
through which our food passes. By using internet-enabled
devices, maintenance engineers are empowered to have
better visibility into what is happening with equipment,
inventory and people.
Internet-enabled sensors fastened on equipment
provide critical insight into maintenance and food
safety, including real-time, system-generated alerts and
notifications. Maintenance engineers are able to access
this real-time data from anywhere via smartphone or
tablet. A few of the capabilities of an IoT system for food
1. Providing real-time insight into the status of food-processing equipment
2. Sending automated alerts as soon as any problems arise
An IoT system can also track equipment sanitation,
maintenance and repair records, streamline communication
between departments and create records for audits and
The way to prevent food contamination is by detecting
potential trouble before it happens. An Io T system allows
the monitoring and procedures to be in place long before
there is an issue, so that when trouble arises it is quickly
resolved. Io T technology allows for constant monitoring —
not the traditional weekly checks — and also provides cost
savings as the sensors allow for maintenance engineers to
notice changes in the equipment.
The costs savings of an Io T system do not stop there.
This type of system also allows for multi-sites and multi-locations that can gather information on all assets, parts
and works across the organization. The information
collected on a daily basis allows repairs to be performed
quickly — before they become larger problems — and
The system can also include full inventory tracking. All
repair parts can be stocked and tracked when used, so
parts can be replaced before being needed. Again, all of this
can be followed via the web or a mobile app. Any recalls or
updates needed to bring equipment up to date can be easily
tracked and then documented when completed.
The IoT has potential to change the way we think of
food safety. These types of monitoring systems can allow
for cross-contamination and food recalls to be a thing of
the past. Keeping systems online will prove to be better
for the bottom line of those in the food and beverage
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