Food and beverage manufacturers have seen extraordinary pressures and changes as a result of the pandemic—some of them temporary and some of them translating into permanent changes in the way the industry does business.
In January 2022, Food Processing and Augury undertook a survey to explore issues such as supply chain disruptions, labor issues and unplanned downtime. When asked “What is your biggest risk to meeting production targets?”, plant floor respondents said unexpected equipment failures were the biggest threat.
Reducing planned outages means either debottlenecking the process or reducing the number of tasks to shorten the duration, and the only way to do that is with condition-based programs, which most respondents say they don’t have.
JAMES NEWMAN – DIRECTOR OF MARKETING STRATEGY, AUGURY