Food and beverage industry needs to get on board with Industry 4.0

The food and beverage industry is among the last to join digitization, but this means there is a great opportunity for growth.

Innovation zone
Innovation zone

Speaking at the ProFood Tech Innovation Zone yesterday, Sasha Ilyukhin from Tetra Pak explains that the food and beverage industry needs to embrace a customer-centric environment by driving digital through an organizational transformation. “Digital transformation equals human transformation,” says Ilyukhin.

Productivity solutions are more effective with digital technologies, says Ilyukhin, and by combining current productivity solutions with industry 4.0 digital technology solutions there can be up to a 40 percent cost reduction to the manufacturer.

Current technologies that are disrupting businesses:

Big Data, Industrial IoT and Cybersecurity

Some examples include using IoT to predict failures before they happen, and using the advanced analytics of Big Data. Ilyukhin says that currently for IoT, the cost of entry is low.

With cybersecurity, there is a need to protect infrastructure, and if your company doesn’t already have a CDO (Chief Digital Officer), it definitely should.

Augmented Reality

With Augmented/Mixed reality, Ilyukhin asks, “How can AI augment without you noticing it?” Using augmented reality to bridge the knowledge gap with visually guided remote support or holographic layout visualization, Ilyukhin cites an example of an engineer laying out an entire manufacturing floor using a “HoloLens” holographic layout visualization.

Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Robotics

Robots recognizing and working alongside humans (Cobots).

Additive Manufacturing

With 3D printing, manufacturers will print parts when they need them instead of holding an inventory of spare parts.


Digital twins are digital and physical assets working together to have more accurate data.

System Integration

For most operations, this means integrating new systems with existing systems.

Value chains are becoming circular. The key is to put the customer in the center.


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