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EVENT PREVIEW
Tyler Cundiff
GRAY
Andy Daly
MICROSOFT
Plant of the Future
Digital manufacturing is no longer a concept of the future,
it is here. Food and beverage manufacturers, including
pet food processors, are adopting automation, digitization
and Industry 4.0 in ongoing efforts to streamline
operations, combat labor challenges and integrate supply
chains. While not every pet food operation can evolve
into a futuristic " smart factory, " there are a number of digital
technologies that pet food manufacturers can leverage
to move ahead in their digital journey.
As a client delivery partner at Microsoft, Andy Daly
works to find the intersection of technology and manufacturing.
He works to help processors adopt and adapt technology
to meet their business needs and deliver value. On
Oct. 8, Daly will take the stage at the Pet Food Processing
Exchange, alongside his colleague Billy Gillispie, client delivery
partner with Microsoft, to talk about the role digital
manufacturing plays in pet food manufacturing now and
in the future. Daly and Gillispie will be joined by other industry
experts, Brian Lakari, vice president of operations
for Carnivore Meat Company and Tyler Cundiff, president
of the Integrated Process Group at Gray, in a session titled
" The Plant of the Future. "
Speaking with Pet Food Processing magazine, Daly
discussed how and why today's pet food manufacturers
should consider introducing digital manufacturing into
their operations.
Q: How would you define digital manufacturing?
A: Digital manufacturing is an integrated approach to
manufacturing that uses computer technologies to improve
manufacturing operations. It involves the application
of computer systems to manufacturing services,
supply chains, products and processes to unlock value in
the manufacturer's functional data.
The goals of digital manufacturing include efficiency,
flexibility, design and integration. It aims to improve the
quality of manufacturing decision-making, while improving
the processes to create cost savings, reduce time
to market, and create a joined-up manufacturing process
that unites digital tools with the physical execution
of manufacturing.
With the use of smart machines and sensors, workers
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receive real-time data about the functions they are performing.
This feedback forms the connection between
operations teams that monitor the machines and the
information technology (IT) teams that deal with the
back-end systems.
Investments in digital manufacturing have led to significant
improvements in production output, factory capacity
use and labor productivity. It's often referred to as
manufacturing's fourth revolution, or Industry 4.0.
Q: What technologies should pet food processors
investigate if they want to make a move toward
Industry 4.0?
A: The convergence of information technology (IT)
and operational technology (OT) driven by Industry
4.0 is enabling a fundamental reassessment of embedded,
production and customer experience technologies.
This opens up opportunities inside the factory to
modernize, develop smarter, more innovative products,
and create new customer experiences and services. The
core technologies that manufacturers should be exploring
as part of their Industry 4.0 roadmap include IoT
(Internet of Things), Edge Computing, Data platforms
and services, and Security. The power in Industry 4.0
comes from getting data in a place where it can be exploited
for value.
Q: What are some of the benefits to digital
manufacturing - both the more immediate
and long-term benefits?
A: Digital manufacturing offers a multitude of benefits
that can significantly enhance manufacturing operations.
I see these as iterative much like Lean has been iterative
in the manufacturing space. Some of the key
benefits include increased efficiency and productivity,
reduced costs, shorter time to market, improved quality
control, enhanced safety, more resilient supply chain,
improved customer experiences, and opportunity for
value-added services.
These benefits make digital manufacturing a powerful
tool for businesses, enabling them to stay competitive in
the rapidly evolving global marketplace.
PFP
Brian Lakari
CARNIVORE MEAT CO.
Billy Gillispie
MICROSOFT
All images have been supplied by the company.
http://www.petfoodprocessing.net

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