The concept of Industry 4.0, applied to the food industry through the installation of intelligent sensors, makes a company’s operating processes more autonomous and reduces costs. It allows us to find solutions to problems that were slowing down the production line.
How does Industry 4.0 support the agribusiness industry?
Investing in automation and digitalization – via the installation of intelligent sensors – has a number of advantages for the food industry. It fosters informed decision making and brings new issues to light. It also significantly reduces costs related to stock-outs and breakdowns.
The professional development of employees will be based on the mastery of big data and the spontaneous use of robots. These new processes are designed to reduce costs by automating certain tasks.
In short, Industry 4.0 technologies:
- improve production methods in a customizable way;
promote the acquisition of new knowledge and digital technologies;
- ensure a better global performance thanks to the interconnected elements (equipment, sectors and employees);
- standardize processes and work rules;
- more effectively control the protection of sensitive data and confidential material;
- optimizes the traceability of this data at all times;
- simplifies and accelerates data sharing between stakeholders, while improving flexibility.
Increased productivity thanks to IIoT and business transformation
The concept IloT (Industrial Internet of Things) refers to the advanced analysis processes and connected devices of an industry. By creating a synergy between the different operations of the production and distribution chain, productivity and order fulfillment are maximized. With automated data interpretation, time-to-market becomes faster and the company can reduce its investment in inventory.
Industry 4.0 with indoor geolocation in particular, which uses triangulation (via technologies such as Bluetooth or Wifi) to facilitate the geolocation and traceability of equipment, objects and personnel, is a solution par excellence to simplify and secure industrial processes and maintenance.
In addition to supporting critical occupations, such as operators and maintenance managers, this evolving technology shift is creating new jobs, including in recruiting, cybersecurity, robotics, training and project management.
The implementation of 4.0 technologies is a major step for a food industry that wants to become a factory of the future. This industrial revolution, which has already begun, will continue to build on cyber-physical systems, robots, AI, Big Data, the Cloud and automation.