none

AI STREAMLINES FOOD MANUFACTURING

25-07-2017
by 
in 

In an industry that processes vast quantities of product in very tight turnaround times, efficiency is key. It's no surprise, then, that the food and beverage manufacturing industry is turning to more advanced software to keep track of the myriad of factors that can make or break a business. 

South Australian tech firm Ailytic has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) program to significantly increase production efficiency by optimising machine use.

Its biggest customers are currently Australian winemakers, grain and agriculture companies, and commercial cooking equipment manufacturers. 

These companies use Ailytic's prescriptive analysis capabilities to collect data with a wide range of remote sensors and analyse all the variables that go into production, such as inventory status, shipping timetables, stock avaliability, and packaging schedules.

The software then crunches the numbers and provides an optimised schedule for the company to follow, potentially saving a great deal of time and money. 

Pernod Ricard Global Business Solutions Manager Pauline Paterson said AI was highly beneficial for the wine industry and helped to increase the bottom line.

“We use it mainly around production line and use it to derive the most efficient way to produce our product,” she said.

“It is definitely helpful with changeover, how many bottles we need, how much wine and what order to do everything in.”

Pernod Ricard is the world’s second leading wine and spirits company, with a network of growers across six countries and €8.68 billion in sales in 2015.

Ailytic co-founder and CEO James Balzary said the company’s AI program was perfect for the wine industry because it thrived in complex environments.

“Our algorithms work well for things like packaging, bottling and general manufacturing – the wine industry is where we are seeing a lot of appetite and the most uptake,” he said.

“People think of wine as a romantic artisan type of process, and it is, when you are producing small batches or super-premium wine, but the majority of wines we drink are mass manufactured in big complex tank operations. That’s where we come in – the more complex the business, the bigger the benefit.”

 

Related news & editorials

  1. 20.08.2018
    20.08.2018
    by      In
    New from Control Logic, the Hirschmann Spider III family of industrial unmanaged Ethernet switches allow users to reliably transmit large amounts of data across any distance with ease thanks to plug-and-play capabilities for quick installation and start-up without the use of tools.
    These compact... Read More
  2. 20.08.2018
    20.08.2018
    by      In
    Available now from Treotham Automation, the latest igus Chainflex cable is designed for CANbus systems in highly dynamic energy chain applications, such as machine tools.
    Controller Area Network (CAN) systems are increasingly popular for networking of electronic systems such as control units and... Read More
  3. 20.08.2018
    20.08.2018
    by      In
    FARO has developed the world’s first arm-based scanning solution to include high-resolution 3D colour scanning capabilities.
    The Design ScanArm 2.5C is compatible with the FARO 8-axis FaroArm system, which effectively doubles the arm reach. This enables it to address design challenges across a... Read More
  4. 20.08.2018
    20.08.2018
    by      In
    Mastercut manufactures custom shim packs that enable the precise alignment of machinery and plant. Any profile can be precision cut in-house using specialised lasers or by acid etching, and the company specialises in fast turnaround for delivery to mining, oil, gas and power plants throughout... Read More