When we think of IIoT, we often consider the roles it plays in fine tuning processes to peak efficiency, minimizing downtime through predictive or prescribed maintenance, or acquiring data and processing it to improve food quality and safety. But, we don’t always think of another role IIoT can play, and that is using its capabilities to produce unique products in a very small quantity and package and ship them to individual customers.
With meat production on the rise—in fact tripling over the last four decades, according to the Worldwatch Institute—HPP (high-pressure processing) has proven itself not only to kill dangerous microbes, but also to extend shelf life by a factor of two to four times. Trouble is, with these merits, HPP meats tend to lose their color, which is a turnoff to some consumers.
Michael Taylor, former deputy commissioner for food for FDA and present co-chair of the Stop Foodborne Illness Board, suggested that in spite of all the technology, collaboration and education to improve food safety, crisis management still drives changes.
Food Engineering's recent Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference addressed several high-tech Industry 4.0 topics, including predictive maintenance (PdM). I’d like to show how you can use IIoT tools to improve your maintenance program—and maybe even better your OEE scores in the process.
Listen now to Session 24 from the 2019 Food Safety Summit
June 28, 2019
This session presented the fundamentals of active managerial control, such as processing HACCP as a foundation, written preventative food safety management system, well-defined standard operating procedures and a clear training plan that employees can follow.
Many processors have grown more sophisticated at compiling information and presenting it when inspectors ask for proof that a facility's food safety management system is working. But no matter the companies’ size or record management methods, they likely experience some of the common deficiencies that experts see.
Processors that take advantage of advancements in interleaving material technology and integrate these with their systems will significantly increase shelf life, food safety and profitability.
June 26, 2019
While interleaving materials are typically viewed as a commodity, material innovation and integration with high-speed interleaving machines can significantly enhance shelf life and food safety across a wide range of industries.