Improve on Asset Reliability in Food and Beverage

By improving asset reliability, F&B companies can improve the performance of every process down the line, including quality, sustainability and regulatory processes

Posted: July 19, 2018

Food and Beverage, CPG

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”.


Written By
Keith Chambers

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.

Power Digital Transformation Your Way with MES  Find your starting point with the LNS research e-book. Download Now

Related Blog Posts

Stay in the know: Keep up to date on the latest happenings around the industry.

Food and Beverage, CPG
MES Powers New Era in Cosmetics Operations

The cosmetics industry is evolving and with digital operational excellence and data-driven insights, manufacturers can help meet the demand of their consumers.

Food and Beverage, CPG
Centralized Visualization Platform as the Enabler to Operational Agility

Centralized Visualization Platform bridges collaboration across departments, and assimilate disparate systems and data sources.

Food and Beverage, CPG
How Making Your Machine Learn Patterns and Infer from Data can Change the Manufacturing Shop Floor

Analytics and Artificial Intelligence-driven processes, supported by Machine Learning, will revolutionize the manufacturing shop floor.

Massive Steel Structures, Heavy Fuel Oil Engines & Large Crews: Why Digital Technology is Driving Innovation in Marine Design and Build Now

Few things have fundamentally changed about how ships are built and operated since the industry adopted containerisation in the 1970s. Why has the Marine ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
Capitalize on Big Data to Drive Operational Excellence in Food and Beverage Manufacturing

The use of big data to analyze and address performance gaps is fast becoming an industry norm as manufacturing companies seek to achieve operational excellence ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
How New Digital Capabilities Can Transform Legacy Operational Technology

Food and beverage manufacturing plants may not have to rip and replace existing systems to capture the benefits of Industry 4.0. Instead, consider a digital ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Production as a New Year Resolution: Digital Transformation Can Help

Not “make more with less”, but “work smarter”. This is where food and beverage manufacturers can take advantage of advanced technologies to transform the way ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
What IIoT Means for the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Scoreboard

IIoT implementation is increasingly prevalent in the food and beverage industry. It's easy to see why the pick-up has been so swift. The food and beverage ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
Improve Food and Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods Operational Efficiency with Predictive Analytics and Augmented Reality

To exceed reliability, safety and performance goals, food and beverage and consumer packaged goods manufacturers are implementing AR/VR, Mobility and Analytics ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
Food and Beverage Manufacturers Can Now Decipher the Energy Code

Coca Cola Swaziland believes that energy can be seen as a lever for positive growth and change within the business, and not simply a cost.

Food and Beverage, CPG
IIoT Best Practices for ‘Smart’ Factories and Cities

For Smart Factory and Smart City alike, the biggest benefit is that IIoT, cloud and advanced analytics solutions offer the ability to transform data into ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
How F&B Manufacturers can benefit from 4 New Technologies

Discover the extent F&B manufacturers can benefit from some of the top strategic technologies and transform the way manufacturing plants are run.

Food and Beverage, CPG
Improve on Asset Reliability in Food and Beverage

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 ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
Henkel’s Sustainability Success is not by Coincidence

Defining a clear focus and measurable targets is vital in driving a successful sustainability initiative. Henkel is one of the first multinational companies to ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
How do you get the most out of your equipment and increase your OEE?

In a competitive food and beverage market, companies can boost their equipment utilization and overall operational performance by implementing monitoring and ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
Two Major Food Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2018

There are two food manufacturing trends that will be extremely important for F&B manufacturers in 2018 across a variety of markets and end-users – ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
Two Steps to Handling a Recall

A recall is the nightmare scenario for any F&B manufacturer, and when a recall is necessary manufacturers must react swiftly and effectively. This blog post ...

Food and Beverage, CPG
3 Benefits to Leveraging the Cloud in F&B Manufacturing

The cloud enables digital transformation of manufacturing operations in a variety of industries, but it is particularly relevant in F&B. There are three ...

previous next

Sign up for our newsletter and get all the latest information straight from the source.