Food and drink moves toward more automation and control systems
Monday 26 September 2005A combination of technological innovation, legislation as well as sprawling production facilities and complex supply chains are driving the European food and drink industry toward investments in automation and control solutions, according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan.
The recent squeeze on their profit margins through higher input costs and a slow down in demand growth for their products has pushed the food and drink sectors to improve the efficiency of their processing operations. Plants are investing in bigger and faster equipment to increase production.
New regulations in the US and the EU, mainly relating to the tracking and tracing of recipe ingredients and final food and beverage products add a legal thrust to investment in automation and control systems.