Automation in the dairy industry is nothing new. Since the 1990s, automation has relieved farmers from the daily task of milking and contributed to increased efficiencies along the way. But today's automation capabilities are far greater than what you'd see decades ago. Automation technology can test for product abnormalities and detect issues related to an animal's health. From every angle, increasing profitability is all in a day's work for automation systems on dairy farms.
From Farm to Factory
Automation becomes even more important once the product reaches a dairy plant.
Every type of dairy processing requires a unique approach, and there is so much that can go wrong with dairy processing. Maintaining accurate temperatures at various stages of production is crucial for product quality and consistency. Automation offers a cost-efficient way for dairy processors to deliver high-quality products. Although more manual methods still work, they are not as safe or profitable.
The dairy industry is one of the least digitized industries, meaning it has the most to gain by embracing updated, sophisticated technologies. Automation technology will help dairy processing plants overcome challenges more effectively.
Automating Manual Tasks
When it comes to dairy processing, maintaining product consistency is a top priority. Delivering safe, high-quality products isn't just a goal, it's an expectation. Implementing automation into processing facilities increases consistency by minimizing opportunities for error.
Dairy professionals with an intricate knowledge of milk production are essential to dairy processing, but they're often tied up in identifying and troubleshooting day-to-day issues instead. Updated control systems can automate previously manual tasks and free up valuable time to focus on larger, more impactful projects.
Customization for Ease
KEI has extensive experience working with dairy industry customers and creating custom control systems to increase a plant's efficiency.
In order for industrial automation to work seamlessly, you need people with experience relevant to your industry. From knowing the industry and mapping out the process to building the panels and creating operational descriptions of the process, there are endless opportunities for something to go wrong.
Working with an experienced provider from the very beginning ensures operators don't have to waste company time trying to figure things out. Implementing custom control technology will help you ensure success. No plant is exactly the same, and automation and control systems don't work as a one-size-fits-all solution.
The Bottom Line
Technology doesn't take over important jobs in dairy production, but automating dairy processing allows for more successful business practices. Minimizing errors and supporting production consistency increases operational efficiency.
From sanitization and improving the quality of products to enhancing workflow and increasing output, KEI has seen the difference updated factory automation can make, especially when it is tailored to specific needs.