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Because many manufacturers today operate with outdated technologies, efficiency has taken a back seat. It’s not uncommon to see plant use rates hover around 30 percent, meaning facilities are routinely sitting idle 70 percent of the time. Many manufacturers have had to operate by choosing one goal: greater productivity (to make the same product cheaper and faster) or greater flexibility (to make a bigger variety of products). With smart manufacturing, both goals are possible at the same time.
Here are three ways food and beverage brands can leverage smart manufacturing to make their businesses future ready.