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Utilizing the Internet of Things in the Food Safety Industry
David Hatch

By: David Hatch on May 9th, 2019

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Utilizing the Internet of Things in the Food Safety Industry

Food Safety  |  Food Safety Software

It is not surprising that operational efficiency in the food safety industry is maximizing product output at the lowest possible price while never compromising -- and dare suggest increasing-- food safety.

Experts in the food industry understand there is a continual need to increase speed and efficiency during the manufacturing and production process without compromising food safety. One of the ways the industry is beginning to be more proactive about food safety is through utilizing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IIoT refers to physical devices connected to the internet that collect and share data from the manufacturing and industrial processes.

Utilizing automation technology and IIoT can help organizations improve quality, safety, and efficiency while optimizing overall production through predictive scheduling of processes. This leads to a reduction in operational costs. We have seen companies in the national produce industry to quick serve establishments embracing this technology and experiencing the benefits it brings.

 

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Applications for IIoT

One of the areas in which IIoT has potential is through food coming from a farm and being prepared into a product for the consumer. Food originating from a farm may have any number of contaminants or pathogens present. In order to keep the incoming product from contaminating any other existing product, it must be tested at every point in its journey from the host environment. IIoT can also help the process by making sure that food manufacturers are meeting regulatory demands and increasing transparency.

 

Traditional hazard analysis is performed by collecting sample swabs and sending them to labs for analysis. Experts believe that in the future we are more likely to see automated, in-line analysis at the manufacturing facilities. By performing these tests in real-time and to a schedule in line with industry regulations, manufacturers can identify positive results more quickly, which would allow them to avoid potentially catastrophic events as well as reduce waste and associated costs.

 

Choosing a Proactive Approach to Recalls

As IIoT has evolved over the years, many organizations have looked on with interest. While the premise of IIoT is promising, when it comes to the practical applications it is not always simple to see where to start, especially if it means overhauling an entire food safety program. By choosing technologies that are customizable to each organization, the food industry is beginning to adopt a more proactive approach to how they view food safety.

 

The regulatory environment is one of these areas that the food and beverage industry has recently begun turning to IIoT and automation to monitor supply chain and facilities. Preventive control regulations say that you should be working to prepare to prevent recalls.

 

Often times companies have a reactive approach when it comes to recalls. This approach is dangerous to not only the consumer, but to business relationships, brand integrity and the company’s bottom line. A proactive food safety program can use IIoT to look at past trends and patterns to glean intelligence and optimize supply chains for improved performance leading to invaluable insights for the company to enhance their operations.

 

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About David Hatch

Dave Hatch has spent over 30 years solving data management, information security and analytics challenges across multiple industries, including food/beverage, healthcare, publishing, manufacturing and financial services. As Chief Strategy Officer at Corvium, Dave focuses on the emerging digital transformation occurring in the food industry, and its impact on the advancement of food safety programs across the food supply chain.