Tetrapak, the company that designs and manufactures cardboard packaging solutions, seeks to ensure food safety by relying on Industry 4.0 innovations. All of this stems from the need for the food sector to provide natural and safe products to its consumers in the face of the accelerated change caused by COVID-19.
In this sense, food security has become increasingly important due to the growing population, scarcity of natural resources, globalization, sustainability and technological progress. This has made food safety increasingly important to the needs of consumers, retailers and regulators calling for increased levels of food protection around the world. For its part, COVID-19 also accelerated this need.
For this reason, Tetra Pak’s approach is to pursue opportunities such as preventive food safety and automated quality controls for the food and beverage industry.
Based on the concept and the innovation of Industry 4.0 and the associated digital solutions, they offer the manufacturer a more differentiated path for the way in which he operates his processes. And that means digitization is seen as a positive way to change food security and make food safer and more accessible for everyone.
Tetra Pak is a leader in food safety development. The company is constantly developing analytics that will enable its customers, allies and suppliers to better understand this concept, create opportunities for the application and improvement of food and beverage production systems, and ensure that food placed on the market retains nutrients for longer and longer without artificial preservatives.
Infected foods cause 200 types of disease, the report said
According to a 2019 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food safety report, foods containing bacteria, viruses, parasites, or harmful chemicals cause more than 200 types of disease. . It is estimated that almost one in ten people in the world get sick after eating contaminated food. Some of them die. .
In this context, it is important that one of the solutions for the food and beverage industry is to look for ways like preventative food safety and quality control.
Technologies that can help the industry
Intelligent manufacturing, the Internet of Things, and connected manufacturing are increasingly ubiquitous. Nowadays, food and beverage manufacturers use robots to automate tasks, virtual reality for machine maintenance, track and trace technology for better traceability and transparency.
Smart manufacturing provides the ability to address potential food safety issues as fully integrated collaboration systems can respond in real time to meet changing factory requirements and conditions.
For their part, producers can be proactive in all areas, from hygienic design to new clean-in-place technologies such as electrochemically activated water to quality control systems that measure compliance with food safety regulations. than international good manufacturing practices.
Integrating the processes offered by Industry 4.0 can help food manufacturers meet many of the demands placed on them, whether it be to improve food safety, better manage their supply chains, or ensure the highest profitability in a complex and competitive world.
In these cases, blockchain technology is an invaluable tool that increases consumer confidence through transparency as the entire supply chain becomes visible.
“At Tetra Pak, we believe that all companies that make up the food production chain must forge new partnerships and allies in all industries. In addition to the technology used in the early stages of the food production ecosystem, food safety can be improved so that contamination and food waste can be controlled according to consumer demands. “says Luis Santamaría, General Manager of Tetra Pak in Ecuador.
Digitization undoubtedly improves food safety. The food and beverage industry needs to collect, understand and use data – from paper to digital working methods – to meet its goals and consumer needs.
The real power of Industry 4.0 cannot be used without data, and much of it to power algorithms for AI, robotics and to create better process management systems.