The pressures on the food and beverage/consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries are at an all-time high

Over the last decade, the number of product variations has surged along with the velocity of new product introductions.

The food production industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the world as well as in South Africa. It’s an industry that has to keep pace with an ever-expanding consumer base while facing increasingly complex challenges throughout its supply chain.

On the sourcing side, South African farmers, like those elsewhere in the world, are struggling to keep pace with an ever-increasing demand for food. Simply increasing the output of current methods of agricultural production is not the solution – 86% of South Africa’s land area is already used for crops or grazing. If food production is to keep pace with demand and adapt for environmental change, sustainable agricultural practices must be widely adopted. And that includes balancing the need for fuel (ethanol) and the need for food which leads to a more recent concern which is that of “food security” – SA’s ability to be self-sufficient and to guarantee the availability of nutritious food for all its citizens.

Challenges facing the F&B industry

Changing market needs

Customers want variety and variety also makes food manufacturers more competitive. This means greater production agility and shorter production runs – which in turn leads to the need for greater control which can only be achieved by turning data into actionable information in real time and for that information to be available to decision makers anywhere, any time and on any device.

  • Historian – as well as Client and Online editions
  • Intelligence
  • Information Server
  • Flow
  • SmartGlance
  • Wonderware Online
  • Dream Report for Wonderware

Product traceability

More than in any other industry, F&B needs traceability throughout the supply chain for the protection of its customers and the ability to respond to anomalies quickly.

  • MES/Quality
  • QI Analyst
  • InBatch
  • Recipe Manager Plus
  • Skelta BPM Workflow

Operations visibility

Operators need to be informed rather than confused. The right SCADA and HMI solutions together with increased machine intelligence is the way to get there.

  • System Platform
  • InTouch
  • InTouch Machine Edition
  • Alarm Advisor

Strict regulatory compliance

Consumers are protected by a growing mountain of legislation designed to protect their health and safety. Contravention of these regulations isn’t an option. For SA food producers, regulatory compliance is the key that opens more market doors in the U.S and Europe.

  • MES/Quality
  • Skelta BPM Workflow

Fragmented IT

Business IT and industrial IT were both invented for different reasons but ignoring a common goal. Today, these can be joined seamlessly to provide effective decision support throughout the organisation.

  • Enterprise Integrator
  • Flow
  • Intelligence

Economic pressures and having to do more with less

Staying in business in this industry means being cleverer and more efficient than your competitor. One way of doing this is to empower your innovation with agile and cost-effective industrial automation and IT technologies.

  • Historian
  • MES Operations
  • Intelligence
  • SmartGlance
  • Corporate Energy Management

Effective process control

Operations visibility into cause-and-effect scenarios, effective alarm management and operator awareness are top of the agenda for efficient processes.

  • System Platform
  • InTouch
  • InTouch Access Anywhere
  • MES/Operations

Compliance and quality

Continuous quality improvement lowers production costs while enforcing standard operating procedures leads to rapid issue resolution.

  • MES/Quality
  • QI Analyst
  • Skelta BPM Workflow

Line and equipment performance management

This involves getting the most from the hardware, software and people involved in the production process.

  • InTouch Machine Edition
  • MES/Performance

Maintenance and uptime

Maintenance personnel can be far more effective if guided through diagnostic and maintenance procedures via portable devices.

  • Avantis EAM
  • IntelaTrac

Customer Stories

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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

Namibia Breweries Limited

Wonderware Historian plays a central role in utilities management at Namibia Breweries
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

Woodlands Dairy

Woodlands Dairy cuts water cost and raw material usage thanks to real-time intelligence
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

The South African Breweries Limited

SAB tracks the performance of profit improvement projects to ensure ROI
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

Clover SA (Pty) Ltd

Clover SA increases profits through improved industrial intelligence
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

Clover SA (Pty) Ltd

Clover SA improves software project development life cycle through standardisation and simplicity
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

South African Breweries Ltd.

SAB uses ArchestrA Workflow for quality deviation management from mobile devices
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

South African Breweries Ltd.

SAB replaces SCADA PCs with thin clients for security and lower TCO
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

Pioneer Foods Ltd.

Increased productivity and process visibility at Pioneer Foods
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

South African Breweries Ltd.

Versatile intelligence solutions let SAB manage and optimize utilities
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

Christian Hansen

Christian Hansen chooses Wonderware for MES project
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

Coca-Cola SABCO

A refreshing look at business for Coca-Cola Fortune
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

Imana Foods Traceability Project

Imana Foods get HACCP accreditation with help from Wonderware
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

Orley Foods – Chocolate Manufacturing

Orley Foods’ Oompa-Loompas maintain world-class standards with help from Wonderware
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

SAB-ABI packaging line performance

SAB’s soft drink division, ABI, uses Wonderware MES to improve packaging line performance
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Customer Stories Food and Beverage

Wonderware Intelligence at SAB

SAB manages the big picture with help from Wonderware
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