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Food Industry Using the Internet of Things to Make Processing Smarter

In Food Safety, Processing, Technology, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The food industry is smartening up. With the help of the Internet of Things (IoT), food processors and suppliers are working together to reduce maintenance costs, uncover opportunities, influence productivity, and transparently track the supply chain.  From craft beer to pasta, here are some ways equipment manufacturers are adopting IoT and how food processors are benefiting from those IoT capabilities. Reduce maintenance costs Most maintenance is reactive or …

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The Internet of Things and the Future of Food

In Food Safety, Technology, Trends by Heather Brown0 Comments

It’s no longer a matter of “if,” but “when.” Experts agree, the Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to food manufacturing in ways that are getting harder to ignore. The IoT is changing how the food industry tackles problems like safety, e-commerce, and even waste management. What is the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things refers to devices that …

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3 Ways the Internet of Things Can Smarten Up Food Processing

In Processing, Technology by Heather Brown1 Comment

Things get smarter every day. More and more objects contain embedded technology that communicates, senses, or interacts with its own internal states or the external environment. Gartner estimates there are currently 6.4 billion devices connected to the Internet, and that number is expected at least to triple by 2020. A recent Food Engineering article predicts that the Internet of Things (IoT) will soon …

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What the End of Net Neutrality Could Mean for the Food Industry

In News, Regulatory, Technology by Krista Garver0 Comments

December 14 update: The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protections by a 3-2 vote. On December 14, the FCC is expected to vote on a measure that eliminates net neutrality. This move could have dire consequences for everyone who uses the internet, including businesses and their customers. For the food industry, ending net neutrality could stifle competition and hinder companies’ …

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Competitive Innovation is Increasing. Are Food Manufacturers Ready?

In Technology by Krista Garver1 Comment

Nine out of 10 senior manufacturing industry executives expect the “competitive importance and pace of innovation” to increase as companies adopt new technologies, according to a new survey by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council. The technologies in question are the digital tools and strategies commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. The survey found that manufacturers plan to focus their innovation …

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How Technology Helps Food Companies Manage Recalls

In Food Safety, Technology by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

Recalls cost food companies an average of $10 million in direct costs alone. That includes the cost of alerting retailers, pulling products, and storing or disposing of contaminated products, as well as lost sales, government fines, and litigation. But direct costs aren’t the only damages a company can sustain. A recall can deal a huge blow to brand reputation, which …

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How Automation, Robots, and the IIoT Shift the Food Manufacturing Job Landscape

In Technology, Trends by Kristen Runvik0 Comments

The food industry is slowly integrating new technologies to make food safer and processing more efficient. But how will automation, robots, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) impact the workforce? There’s been concern from many corners that technology will steal jobs and put people out of work. But what we’re seeing instead is that the available jobs are changing. …

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3 Obstacles to IIoT Adoption in Food Manufacturing

In Trends by Krista Garver0 Comments

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been compared to electricity in terms of its potential to fundamentally change how we work. For manufacturing in particular, the IIoT opportunity is immense as companies look for ways to survive in the face of increased competition, tighter regulations, and an aging workforce. In the food industry, manufacturers are embracing the IIoT as …