In-depth analysis of a food manufacturing process using Industry 4.0 principles has enabled our client to significantly increase the efficiency of their operations. Our client, a manufacturer of potato products, creates various vegetable-based products for businesses and consumers. Working at their factory, we analysed the behaviour of the manufacturing set-up, looking at parameters which included the vegetable variety, energy used, waste produced and output volumes.
Matching raw material to end product
The algorithms that emerged from this process not only help the company plan their stocks and production, but enable them to make the right decisions when looking to expand or introduce new products. For example:
- We identified which particular variety of raw material is best suited to which end product so our client can plan input stocks more effectively and improve efficiency.
- We matched characteristics of particular production lines with output volumes for particular product groups.
Improved efficiency and better decisions
"This project shows Industry 4.0 optimisation in the production line being extended back into supplies," said Patrick Ramakers, Business Development and Associate Director, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Projects. "With a thorough understanding of the production line behaviour and supply chain, companies are much better placed to assess the impact of new products on the line and which lines are best suited for expansion projects. The result is improved operational efficiency and better decisions."