Dennis Verhoeven, European Industrial Market Manager, Life Science at Omron, reviews how product personalisation is increasingly important in the food and beverage industry.
Traditionally, we view automation as a means of making high volume manufacturing processes more efficient. We visualise production lines running fast and efficiently with minimal human intervention.
But automation also enables a processing system to be adjusted with a quick change of menu options on a control panel, making viable smaller and smaller batch numbers. Such flexibility is essential in the face of evolving consumer preferences - new tastes are arising due to health consciousness and cost.