Future of the Food Factory BusinessFuture of the Food Factory Business
We will support the optimization of food factories in their entirety, going beyond partial optimization of processes and production lines
to promote automation in the food product manufacturing industry—where further changes are expected
<Factors that hinder the automation of food factories>
The following obstacles are generally considered to be the reasons automation progresses slowly in food factories.
- ・ It is difficult to quickly rework the production line in response to changes in the market, such as to deal with seasonal products or change or get rid of products
- ・ Automation = labor saving, and replacing people is required for automation
- ・ Workers are tied to conventional work procedures, and once one process is automated they can’t rework others
- ・ Each piece of equipment is managed individually, so the impact of unnecessary aspects on each process, other processes, and the overall system cannot be measured
< Two approaches to solving these problems >
As mentioned above, there are various factors that hinder automation for food factories, but we are taking two different approaches to get past those issues and promote automation.
1Support for building a production collaboration system
BEFORESince each device was managed (monitored) individually, manufacturers could not manage separate ones at once.
AFTERStaff will manage the status of the entire production process at once (Find issues → Improve them / Build a planned production system).
Even if we automate and optimize what is already built, we will not get the maximum effect.
If simply improving that has no effect, we recommend thinking about the future, scrapping everything, and building up again from the start.
< The backbone of automation promotion >
We will move forward with support for creating smart factories in the food manufacturing industry by making full use of the experience cultivated by the entire group, our integration technology, and IDEC products.