Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Asset performance management and Industry 4.0 technologies

Asset performance management (APM) is key for food and beverage processors to reliably produce safe food at the lowest cost. This goes beyond only having the equipment available. Asset performance is one of three variables used to calculate Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) — the other two are availability and quality.

In food and beverage processing, quality is primarily about food safety, which is non-negotiable. Studies show that a food safety issue leading to a recall can cost millions, and the associated brand damage can be immeasurable.

F&B industry focus

A world-class enterprise asset management (EAM) solution helps:

  • Keep assets operating safely, efficiently and within specifications​
  • Reduce energy usage​
  • Increase efficiency​
  • Improve compliance​
  • Enhance warranty recovery​
  • Identify and fix issues before they become catastrophic problems
Food & Beverage worker using EAM solution on tablet

Benefits of asset performance management


Food manufacturing and processing are asset-intensive operations that can benefit from finding ways to extend asset life, minimize costs, improve safety, and reduce waste.

Production Management


With the planning, scheduling, and uptime optimization possible with APM, you can expect to see increased OEE. You can manage risk, warranty claims, initiate preventive maintenance measures, and easily collect data on production equipment, such as pumps, heaters, filling and packaging lines. ​

Spare Parts & Consumables

Many organizations keep extra materials on hand but stockpiling spare parts may not be a wise practice. Extra materials can degrade over time. APM enables organizations to identify key components to have on hand and which ones aren’t needed—reducing the overall cost of inventory.​

Food & Worker Safety


Eliminating food safety risks and risks to workers are the primary responsibilities of food processing companies. With APM, organizations can perform ongoing monitoring of asset conditions can combine condition data with work history data to analyze when equipment might fail.

Sustainability

Poor food handling, lack of proper training, aging manufacturing equipment, product line changeovers, and cleaning in place are the biggest causes of food waste in the factory. Properly maintained processing facilities tackle unnecessary food waste and can save water and energy.

Budgeting

All organizations want to create accurate budgets. When it comes to asset management in food production facilities, precision budgeting means predicting what assets the organization will need to purchase or replace given operating conditions and business conditions.

Mobility

Built-in mobility features extend the value of Infor EAM to service workers, as well as managers, clerks, and schedulers who are connected directly to the solution. They’ll be able to access and interact with all documentation, inventory, historical data, and more from anywhere.

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Beer producer using EAM solution on mobile device


Key Features

Checklist functionality. Infor EAM allows maintenance supervisors and technicians to identify and track task plans and individual maintenance steps—easily seeing which steps have been completed and recording the required data through pre-defined checklists.​

Energy optimization. Infor EAM allows you to establish and monitor a corporate energy strategy by benchmarking, monitoring, and comparing the energy performance of your assets.​

Facilities management tools. Infor EAM contains robust facilities management tools that help reduce costs, downtime, and risk while increasing compliance, reliability, and customer satisfaction.​

Four key capabilities of Infor EAM in food and beverage manufacturing

Asset registry

The asset registry is the heart of the EAM system. It serves as the central digital source for information about all assets that are valuable to the organization.

The asset registry tracks metadata, the position of the asset in relevant processes, and dynamic data about the asset. Metadata includes information about the stock levels, serial numbers, manufacturing data, and more. 

Historical data usage

Many organizations rely on OEM specifications to perform preventive maintenance. 

By tracking work orders, maintaining a real-world history of what happened to assets, organizations can better predict failure and proactively maintain the asset. Failure code analysis provides valuable information that helps formulate a reliability-centered maintenance program.​

Real-time condition data

Most of today’s food manufacturing and processing machines are connected to control systems through real-time sensors that show the condition of a part or component at any point in time.

Combining these measurements with asset data and work history data provide a framework for triggering work orders that direct maintenance teams to fix assets before they break down to avoid quality and safety issues.

Modeling analytics and connectivity

Analytics enable organizations to take asset registry, work order, and condition data to perform “what if” analysis to predict what could happen in the future under similar circumstances.

For example, a beverage processor can simulate how an increase in demand for a beverage with higher acidity will impact the lifetime of the equipment and additional costs that are needed to keep the equipment in optimal condition.

Resources

Best Practice Guide

Why your enterprise asset management strategy must evolve to increase food safety

Executive Brief

Increase asset performance and food safety with Industry 4.0 technologies

eBook

Cut F&B production downtime with smart asset management

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