Food industry

Remedy production stoppages and bottlenecks in the food industry

Industrial food and beverage production is a highly automated industry that produces a large amount of food every day. The requirements for efficiency and product quality are very high.
Production stoppages, deviations, bottlenecks or lack of availability can cost a lot of money if not addressed in time. However, the processes to solve the questions can take a long time if you do not have the right data to analyse. Finding the root cause of a production stoppage can mean many hours of manual monitoring of a production line or just as many hours of searching through film taken by a regular camera.
A not uncommon stoppage in the food industry can occur in, for example, a packaging line. Typically, many different types of products and sizes of boxes are processed on the same line. Therefore, it is common for packages to get stuck, boxes to break and a variety of other errors that can cause stoppages in the packaging line. The error can be complicated to find due to the high speed of the flow which makes it difficult to perceive what is happening (the same also applies to the filling process in the beverage industry where the speed is too fast in real time for the human eye to analyze). Furthermore, with fast-paced production, the operator's primary focus is to get the machine up and running as quickly as possible, rather than finding the cause of the problem.

The camera records deviations and stops

The Eye at Production camera system is mounted anywhere on a line and can detect several different types of errors, marking the sections with deviations and stops in the film. You can then directly look at the relevant sections and the reason for the stop. This allows for quick changes and adaptations to avoid a repeat of the problem. The same procedure can of course be used for microstops, problems with bottlenecks, lack of availability and other deviations.

See exactly what happened

The rapid troubleshooting not only saves time for a technician, but also for the entire production line affected by an error or deviation. In food production, the filling, packaging and palletizing processes are usually interconnected and have few buffer zones. Therefore, a stoppage in a process can easily lead to the entire line coming to a standstill. Depending on the complexity of the error cause, a stoppage can take a few minutes up to a few hours to identify and repair in production.
Production takes place at high speed and is too fast in real time for the human eye to analyze, e.g. the filling process in the beverage industry.

How it works

1. Mount

Mount Eye at Production where you assume the cause of the error occurs. The system is easy to handle and install. The camera has an IP68 rating against drops and dust.

2. Monitor:

Select the mode, for example to detect all stops in the production flow longer than a certain time. Put the system on play.

3. Analyze:

You get an overview of all error events and can easily navigate to the relevant seconds in the video to see exactly what happened.

Here you use Eye at Production

The demands in the industry are only getting higher and the processes must be efficient. Eye at Production is installed anywhere in the production, detects stops in the flow, shows relevant clips and is easy to use. Quick to assemble, flexible to move around.
Recurring stops:
Faults can occur in a variety of places. Eye at Production is mounted anywhere on the production line to identify stoppages.
Recurring quality deviations:
A robot may need to be adjusted or a product is misplaced on the belt. Eye at Production finds the reason for the discrepancy.
What is the reason for the recurring fault? Set Eye at Production to what it should register and you will soon know the reason.
Did the product enter the wrong position or was it the robot that placed it incorrectly on the pallet? With Eye at Production you see exactly what happened.
Micro stop:
The proportion of expensive micro-stops in production lines is almost always more than industries think. Discover, analyze and eliminate them.
Bottleneck analysis:
Eliminating bottlenecks is important in all industries. With Eye at Production you get material to analyze cycle times, throughput and waiting times.
Health check:
Eye at Production allows you to easily move around the production just to make cuts and see that everything is working as it should.
Availability analysis:
Lack of availability in production can be due to a high percentage of unplanned downtime. Eliminate them using Eye at Production.
With one or more Eye at Production around the production, you get film material to get close to the industrial process and make it more efficient.
When installing new machines, stations, cells, palletizers or robots, it is important to be able to monitor the use during the first period.
Book a demo already today and you will find out more about how you can streamline your production.