Improve on Asset Reliability in Food and Beverage
In today’s market, F&B companies are continually working to differentiate themselves from the competition. One key area that I’ve discussed is ensuring consumer quality – consistently producing quality products allows companies to maintain their brand presence, build consumer trust and deliver a consistent consumer experience. To ensure product quality, having consistent real-time visibility of quality KPIs is extremely important.
Another differentiating factor that sets competition apart is asset reliability. By ensuring equipment reliability of operation and production, we’ll have fewer unplanned machine starts stops and better adherence to schedule. This means that quality issues from stop/start cycles are minimized, and “on time, in full” deliveries, an important supply chain quality metric, are maintained.
Improving asset reliability in Food and Beverage
Improving asset reliability through Asset Performance Management (APM) is the solution to this challenge. One key area is moving from reactive to proactive maintenance. Implementing condition-based or predictive maintenance allows companies to identify and rectify issues before an unexpected outage shuts down a line.
In the past, it wasn’t considered economical to instrument and monitor smaller production assets in an F&B plant with predictive maintenance solutions. However, with the falling cost of sensing driven by IIoT, and the minimal infrastructure needed for Cloud based solutions, it is now feasible to expand condition-based or predictive maintenance across smaller assets as well. Predicting failures on these common production asset can provide a benefit to the entire business.
Risk-based maintenance in Food and Beverage
At a strategic level, advanced risk-based maintenance capabilities allow F&B companies to plan the optimal maintenance strategies based on the desired level of quality, taking into account, F&B companies operate with planned stoppages, due to product changeover and other transitions. A risk-based maintenance approach enables companies to plan their maintenance and asset management strategy around the reality of operating in an environment of frequent changeovers, optimizing asset maintenance and return on capital.
Developing the proper asset management strategy
Implementing a best fit asset management strategy can be challenging, and which is why an APM assessment can be very helpful. APM assessment recommends how to implement an asset performance strategy, taking into account business context in order to deliver a holistic and practical implementation plan. This is more than a theory – when a major food and beverage company took part in an APM assessment, the company reduced corrective maintenance costs by $250,000 per year and increased workforce efficiency by 20%.
By improving asset reliability, F&B companies can improve the performance of every process down the line, including quality, sustainability and regulatory processes. The proper APM strategies can give F&B companies a leg up on the competition.
Learn more about how F&B companies can improve asset reliability by joining our webinar on 9/12 on “Improve Operational Efficiency with Predictive Analytics and Augmented Reality”.
Keith Chambers is responsible for strategic direction, commercialization and development for AVEVA's operations management portfolio globally. Keith has over 20 years’ experience in the automation, software and MES business with a focus on manufacturing operations software in the food and beverage, CPG and life sciences industries.