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The Power of Food Manufacturing Automation

The Power Of Food Manufacturing Automation, HS Innovations

Food manufacturing automation is essential in a world where consumers demand instant access to a variety of food products. Food manufacturers must also comply with stringent regulations, succeed in a highly competitive market, and fulfill growing sustainability expectations. 

HS Innovations, Inc. (HSI) evolves with the food manufacturing industry, and we are proud of the Top Food Processing Solutions Provider 2023 Award we received from the global enterprise technology magazine Food & Beverage Technology Review. We will continue to design innovative products and methods that make the industry more cost-effective, safe, and sustainable. 

We discuss in this article the role, dynamics, and advantages of automation in food manufacturing and how HSI supports this high-demand industry.  

The Role of Automation in Food Manufacturing  

Technological developments increasingly offer opportunities to automate food processing and manufacturing systems. Automation uses technology to perform tasks faster and more efficiently, with little or no human intervention, while providing companies with product quality consistency and access to data. 

Manufacturers can use automation in all stages of the production process, including raw material management, preparation, processing, packaging, and storage. Automation has its challenges. The initial installation cost is high, and managing and maintaining machines, sensors, and control systems require specialized expertise. 

HSI builds a close relationship with large food processing and manufacturing businesses at the corporate and plant level. We understand automation and human behavior in the industry, and our focus is identifying and resolving pain points to improve efficiency and safety in automated food manufacturing.    

Dynamics of Automated Food Manufacturing  

Automation in food manufacturing is dynamic and speeding up due to the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). However, it continues to be a practical industry where safety is always the first consideration, downtime is expensive, and employees remove ball valve handles. 

The industry is starting to adopt robotics, and AI is often used to ensure staff and machinery maintain high cleaning and sanitation standards. Automated technology packages food products that are traditionally difficult to handle, while process control systems monitor and control multiple aspects of the food production process.

HSI has a particular focus on reducing the Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of equipment. We developed Kurnut™ ball valves with non-removable handles and use technology to design unique solutions, including product 3D printing for prototype testing. 

Power of Automation in Food Processing  

Food processing and manufacturing companies must navigate an increasingly complex industry while ensuring cost-efficiency and complying with continuously evolving regulations. Automation in food processing and manufacturing plays a vital role in maintaining food quality and safety standards at Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) levels.

Automation also generates extensive amounts of data that enable companies to create a business status overview and, at the same time, be aware of details such as the downtime utilized for cleaning and sanitizing one section of a plant.

HSI has over 90 years of combined poultry processing experience. We developed several turn-key solutions and specialty components for poultry and food production facilities to increase worker safety, improve productivity, and reduce maintenance-related downtime. 

Advantages of Automation in the Food Industry   

Automation in the food industry reduces employee numbers, which can lead to friction, but the benefits are extensive. What advantages do automation offer companies besides safety and efficiency?  

Reduced waste. Automated systems can be designed to use water, energy, and raw materials optimally to reduce waste and enhance sustainable practices. 

Packaging. Machines are programmed to manage different packaging types and sizes, including filling, sealing and labeling, while operating at high speed.

Brand reputation. Automation enhances product consistency and availability to ensure consumers enjoy a positive eating experience, thereby enhancing brand reputation. 

HSI’s deep industry insight drives our innovative hydraulic, pneumatic, and fluid power systems innovations that clients can use to their advantage to improve safety, increase output, and improve earnings.

HS Innovations believes in making our client’s systems and workplaces safer by designing, innovating, and manufacturing components and systems to a high standard of precision and simplicity. Contact HSI today to discuss how we can assist with food manufacturing automation.   

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