As it caters to the mass consumer, whose demands are becoming more challenging to satisfy, the food and beverage industry has turned into one of the leaders in digital twin adoption. Changing environments, cultural and dietary habits, multi-branched supply chains, and numerous locations stimulate the shift towards digitalization introducing disrupting technologies into food & beverage processing plants.
Why Food and Beverage Plants Use Digital Twins?
Food and beverage giants are losing markets giving way to small producers as they develop culturally specific recipes and are more profound at how to market them while consumers no longer stick to traditional manufacturers they got accustomed to and are more eager to try something new. It results that knowing consumer insights and having room for variation gives companies the advantage of boosting sales.
Multi-layer supply chains all processing plants greatly rely on hardly survive inconsistencies, which creates downtime and loss of production performance and profitability. As the number of suppliers increases, it becomes harder to control and optimize the supply chain the way it would become more efficient and profitable.
Scattered around the country or even the world, processing plants remain in long proximity to the management board and it becomes impossible to monitor them, identify malfunctions and introduce improvements without a physical presence in a factory.
Increased transparency demands seen from both the product’s consumers and the government push food and beverage companies to unveil their production processes to make the product more reliable to consume. Health issues are addressed by imposing numerous regulations on the ingredients, additives and preservatives contained in the product people take from the shelves.
These interdepending factors encourage processing plants to go digital and deploy a smart digital replica that will accompany them during the whole lifecycle, give better visibility, respond to changes, and optimize asset and resource utilization.
How Digital Twins Benefit Food & Beverage Processing plants?
Implementing digital twin technology, food and beverage processing plants initiate vast improvements that reduce unplanned downtime, increase productivity and optimize operations. Digital representation of the plant’s assets and operation becomes a single source of truth that enables information to be obtained faster, reached at any time and analyzed in multiple ways.
The leverage of digital models unlocks the ability to rapidly adjust to new regulations and test recipes in a virtual environment before their production will be launched in the physical world thus minimizing risks and driving higher productivity. In-context simulation and validation help to reach accurate calculation and opt for the variant that will suit most.
Complete transparency becomes possible thanks to the data aggregated from the twin. Near-real-time information helps to identify malfunctions, foresee equipment wear and tear and predict maintenance schedules. Constantly synced with its physical counterpart the digital twin empowers to gain control over the asset remotely, which becomes vital in modern reality.
What Digital Twin Solutions to explore?
BIM Machine approaches to Digital Twins for Food and Beverages in a complex and comprehensive way, offering:
Digital Twin Creation
Digital Twin Support
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