An automated system can help to benefit a company in the food processing industry in a number of ways. We discuss this further in the following post, as well as touching on some of factors that you should consider when looking for an automated system.
Benefits of an Automated System
An automated system can benefit a company in a number of ways. Perhaps the key advantage of using such a system is increased efficiency. In general, an automated system is able to carry out certain duties, such as packaging, grading and labelling, at a higher speed than manual labourers.
An automated conveyor can also help to lower running costs. While the initial outlay for a machine can be considerable, this is a one off payment. In the long term, the systems can help a company to improve productivity and profitability
Requirements of an Automated System
In the fast paced industry of food processing, there is no time to waste. So wherever an increase in speed can be made it can be a huge advantage. For this reason, any automated conveyance solution must offer speed.
An automated conveyor system must offer at least some degree of flexibility. This allows the system to handle various lines of products at one time. It also ensures that if the specification of a particular product is changed the system can easily be reprogrammed.
While speed is of the utmost importance in the food processing industry, precision must not be overlooked. Without precision, the speed at which an automated conveyor works is irrelevant. Always ensure that any automated system offers unerring accuracy.
Unplanned downtime in any industry can have serious consequences; but this is never truer than in the food processing sector. Here, livestock and frozen food are common place, so it is vital that an automated system is reliable.