How IoT can help the food industry save time, energy and money
The food industry has been radically improved with the adoption of IoT, bringing together a network of devices that collect data which is aggregated on the edge to the cloud, or directly in the cloud. Technology has been embraced to make improvements with food safety, better logistics, reduced wastage, and improved energy usage from farm to fork.
By connecting into the cold chain, the life of fresh products such as dairy, fruit and veg, frozen food, fresh meat and seafood can be prolonged. These food types must be kept cold and at the right temperatures to prevent bacteria growth.
Monitoring the cold chain sensors within the refrigerator can help ensure better food safety. This data can be displayed in a user friendly interface which gives control of the refrigerator remotely and the ability to adjust to the right temperature, to keep the food at the optimum level whether static or moving.
This ensures adherence to food safety guidelines by automatically monitoring the temperature and viewing accurate up to the minute data at all times. Alerts are sent directly to a desktop or mobile device if the temperature moves outside of the set thresholds. Another benefit is the ability to see a holistic overview of the estate for predictive maintenance, seeing a potential failure before it occurs.
Today energy costs are at a premium, and by reducing these costs can drive a better OPEX and also work to reduce carbon footprint. Maintaining a consistent temperature reduces the costs associated with fluctuating temperatures, by integrating with existing refrigeration plant management systems specifically designed for refrigeration systems. Optimization of various parameters can be achieved, to reach an optimum level of performance and energy efficiency. The readings of operating temperatures, pressures, etc. give real time data measurement and allow users to benchmark system performance.
The solution will help to cut down on energy costs by reducing utility bills, allowing investment back into refrigeration or into other areas of the business.
The solution also helps with saving money on food waste. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, food waste makes up an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of discarded food globally each year.
Monitoring the food cold chain and ensuring logistics have the right temperature controls, can reduce the amount of waste lost from food stored at incorrect temperatures and therefore needing to be thrown away.
NEJAVI can guide clients in the food industry to save time, energy and money within their cold chain estate. A strategy focused on reducing waste, energy saving, giving a better food storage performance and quality, all achieved through an affordable monitoring solution with high internal rate of return. Talk to us today.