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Three Ways to Leverage Predictive Analytics in Your Processing Facility

The food and beverage manufacturing industry has been slow in adopting predictive analytics and other new technologies. However, these technologies offer valuable returns on investment. Here are three key benefits of using big data tools in processing plants:

1. Detecting choke points and defects: Predictive analytics can analyze data points to identify patterns and optimize processes. For example, it can pinpoint bottlenecks in production lines or detect patterns in packaging defects. Integrating internet-connected sensors and predictive analytics into manufacturing execution systems (MES) allows real-time monitoring and improves product quality and output.

2. Anticipating demand: AI tools can predict demand by aggregating data from distribution centers, enabling manufacturers to optimize product distribution and reduce excess inventory. Machine learning helps plan for demand spikes based on consumer trends, minimizing surge production and waste.

3. Predictive maintenance: Combining data with AI platforms can reveal equipment issues and enable proactive maintenance. Predictive analytics estimates when machines may have problems, allowing scheduled downtime for maintenance and preventing costly unscheduled shutdowns.

To incorporate predictive analytics tools, companies can choose out-of-the-box platforms or develop proprietary systems. Upgrading older equipment to collect data is possible, and having the right personnel is crucial for success. As AI technology advances, its applications in the food and beverage industry will continue to evolve.