Posted under Blog by Kristin Smith, Content Marketing Specialist
October 16, 2019 (Updated April 17, 2020)
The food and beverage sector has conditions like no other. The industry is highly regulated because its products are for human consumption. Any deviation from strict control can lead to contaminated products with the possibility of outbreaks, illnesses, and lawsuits.
We are in a time of rapid change due to the global pandemic. As a result, society is relying heavily on the food and beverage industry to continue production in support of communities around the world. This is just one industry of many overcoming new challenges to continue to maintain some semblance of the status quo…even with so many other regulations already at play.
Food and beverage manufacturers are challenged with delivering quality products at the lowest cost while adhering to strict regulatory requirements. See the U.S. FDA Food and Beverage Regulations for an example of some of the regulations they must adhere to. Controlling the work management process and using data to improve operations can mean the difference between a profitable year and an unprofitable one.
Food and beverage organizations are each unique in how they manage their assets and their reporting requirements. They share certain commonalities, however: tight margins, industry regulations, and large operating expenses result in increased pressure on maintenance departments to:
Like most asset-intensive industries, the food and beverage industry is reliant on the uptime of revenue producing assets. Minimizing equipment downtime allows companies to realize greater levels of production from their equipment. This is where maintenance plays a key role in the bottom line.
By maximizing asset performance through effective processes and tools, food and beverage organizations can control costs and meet distinct maintenance requirements.
When focusing on budget performance issues, management seldom looks to maintenance as an area with the potential for significant gains. It’s often a “necessary evil.” However, in the food and beverage industry, maintenance management ineffectiveness generates a significant financial loss for the company.
Food and beverage maintenance EAM practices can mean the difference between profit and loss. Continuous production means equipment is constantly in use, so scheduled maintenance must be brief and effective.
The food and beverage industry has unique maintenance needs related to food quality standards, production critical assets, and complex work crews. These needs pose an interesting challenge for maintenance teams striving for more optimized practices.
It’s no easy feat creating efficiencies within a food and beverage organization. It’s even harder to do so in this current climate when regulatory compliance requirements are more strict than ever before, assets are critical for production, work crews are complex and pressures to avoid downtime are high.
VIZIYA’s WorkAlign® Suite was built on the premise of helping maintenance organizations to create efficiencies by connecting and optimizing every step of the maintenance workflow. VIZIYA has worked collaboratively with the largest and most sophisticated maintenance organizations to enhance their asset performance.