Food and Beverage is a very specific industry with a high demand for automation. Food and Beverage industry is often compared to the automotive industry. There are several similarities, for example the high focus on quality, production efficiency, and the safety of the end-consumer.
Additionally, ensuring and adhering to high hygienic standards is key. Human machine operators always pose a risk. Therefore, modern production lines are fully automated, using robots to process the products. The production process is visually checked by industrial cameras to guarantee a consistent quality and to avoid any kind of contamination. There are also scales and 3D scanners to ensure the perfect portioning.
All production lines need to be regularly maintained. Thanks to modern technologies such as predictive maintenance, operators are informed about the current condition of critical parts, and especially those that are subjected to the most stress meaning frequently moved, bent, twisted, or cleaned with aggressive cleaners.
To meet all requirements listed above, modern production lines need a solid and reliable data network that has enough capacity to process a large amount of data.