Have you heard of the "Internet of Things"? Also known as Industry 4.0, IoT, or "smart" devices, the Internet of Things is making its way into food processing. This industrial era is characterized by equipment and devices, connected to the internet, that collect data that can then be analyzed in order to run processes more efficiently and profitably. Incorporating data analytics can unearth trends and insights that would otherwise go unnoticed while also minimizing subjective bias.
The "Smart Factory" presents a number of opportunities, especially for food safety and traceability. IoT-enabled devices paired with analytics software can have the following benefits:
- Identify factors contributing to a positive sample
- Optimize yield while ensuring pathogen control
- Reduce labor costs and process downtime
- Explore relationships between various inputs and outputs
- View usage, throughput, microbial, and efficiency trends
Industry 4.0 has already transformed other production industries, giving them access to a whole new level of useful data. As the Internet of Things continues to grow, it will be exciting to see how leading food processors and their partners continue to implement the technology to ensure a safer food supply for the world.
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