Schneider Electric Drives Digital Transformation in Food and Beverage with New Industry Solutions
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Oct. 4, 2017 – Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced three new Food and Beverage manufacturing solutions as part of the company’s ongoing effort to drive operational excellence, efficiency and performance while enabling regulatory and food safety compliance.
Food and Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods manufacturers face a number of challenges, which are potentially impacting profitability. Growing environmental and sustainability related regulations are resulting in higher energy costs. Product yields must continually be improved to meet an increasingly diverse set of consumer demands. Each of these industry challenges must be addressed while maintaining product quality and safety standards to avoid product recalls and ensure continued consumer trust and confidence.
Three new industry solutions from Schneider Electric can help manufacturers to address these challenges:
- Energy Performance – provides improved visibility into energy usage, enabling opportunities to reduce consumption and costs
- Advanced Process Control (APC) – allows manufacturers to improve yield and product quality by minimizing unpredictable variations in the drying process
- Label Assurance – ensures compliance through 100% label inspection checks; reduces recalls
These solutions empower Food and Beverage manufacturers to simultaneously improve efficiency, quality and performance by delivering real-time visibility, control and intelligence across all operations and functional areas.
“The Food and Beverage industry is going through a profound transformation driven by cost pressure, growing consumer demand for variety and increasing regulations,” said Rob McGreevy, Vice President of Information, Operations and Asset Management at Schneider Electric. “Our customers are overcoming these challenges by leveraging our Food & Beverage industry solutions to drive innovative process improvement by digitally transforming their operations to gain unprecedented efficiency across operations.”
This solution inspects and validates packaging labels against their intended SKU at the packaging line level, reducing the risk of product recalls due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens. With Label Assurance, manufacturers perform automated 100% label checks. The solution updates the scanned data back to the work order, providing labeling performance reports in real-time. This allows engineers to easily perform continuous improvement analytics, saving significant time by not having to comb through tons of raw data.
Energy Performance for manufacturing converts data from disparate sources into actionable intelligence to optimize energy management and consumption while furthering sustainability initiatives. Lower energy consumption, made possible through contextualized data-driven insights, can be acted upon to quickly identify critical energy efficiency gaps for improved efficiency and profitability. With real-time monitoring of power network quality and reliability, root cause analysis can be performed and critical electrical issues can be easily identified before damaging sensitive electrical equipment resulting in unplanned production stoppages.
Advanced Process Control (APC)
Designed for multivariate processes such as evaporation and spray drying, APC improves production yield and quality. Automatic, predictive and closed loop control ensures the process is producing at its optimum level based on real-time readings of variables, thereby maximizing profits. One of the world’s largest diary companies deployed APC across their production facilities for spray dryer optimization and achieved a 10 percent increase in throughput and an 8 percent reduction in energy consumption with zero product quality violations.
Learn more about Schneider Electric’s Food and Beverage software solutions.
About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.
With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software.
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