Tetra Pak has unveiled its ‘factory of the future’ where digital technology revolutionises the way food manufacturing plants operate. Machines will be able to communicate with each other as well as with the digital systems of the entire operation, automatically diagnosing problems, ordering and delivering parts, and looking for an engineer who is most suitable for the service needed, for example. The technology builds on previous measures to bring the benefits of digitalisation to the food and beverage industry, such as the launch of Tetra Pak Plant Secure and condition monitoring.
The workforce will be able to focus on managing the plant, making quick, informed decisions and continuously increasing the speed of production, reducing errors and minimising product waste when it is supported by these smart solutions. Johan Nilsson, VP Industry 4.0 and Digitalisation at Tetra Pak said, ‘We are in a period where the market is changing at high speed. Consumer demands coupled with regulations require a new way of food manufacturing that is much more efficient, and food-safety guaranteed. At the same time, we believe humans should continue to be at the centre of the management of food manufacturing, with digital solutions as their support.’
Tetra Pak has been digitalising food manufacturing with partners including Microsoft, ABB, SAP, and the automated logistics solutions provider Elettric80. Tetra Pak’s ultimate goal is to lead the digital transformation of food manufacturing and offer greater support to its customers in the digital era by combining these cutting-edge technologies with its food expertise.