A 2022 survey conducted by Deloitte and FMI-The Food Industry Association (FMI), reveals that digital skills are in demand for food industry positions. It also suggests a trend toward increased use of digital technology in the food processing industry. In addition to food retailers embracing more digital operations, there is a rising need for technology among food and beverage industry suppliers to provide greater transparency throughout the supply chain and meet sustainability goals.
Digital systems capture, integrate, and make sense of data to drive transparency and sustainability functions. The integration of digital technology comes with the need for retooling solutions that connect new digital systems with existing systems and infrastructure.
Labor Shortages Drive Trend Toward Food Industry Automation
Another factor driving the need for technological retooling in factories is the shortage of labor across a wide range of sectors, including food processing. Labor shortages have made it difficult for processors to meet demand, so they are increasingly turning to robotics and automation solutions. The integration of a variety of industrial robotic technologies have allowed managers to streamline tasks that were once labor intensive, and reallocate valuable human resources from repetitive and potentially dangerous tasks to higher level functions.
Optimizing Productivity with Predictive Maintenance Retooling
Retooling equipment with predictive maintenance technology is another way food processors and other manufacturers are optimizing equipment and operations. Predictive maintenance decreases unplanned downtime and significantly extends machinery service life. Predictive analytics allows manufacturers to monitor equipment performance using a variety of metrics and also automate data collection using IoT technology. Understanding how systems work and how they may fail helps managers know how to implement predictive maintenance to optimize time, money, and resources.
Sealcon Solutions Enable Retooling Processes for Technology
A vast range of dependable Sealcon connectors are enabling plants in food processing and other industries to retool equipment for connectivity with digital systems. Examples of food industry applications include:
- Meat Cutting & Packaging
- Bar Coding
Nylon Dome and Flex Fittings
Made from superior high-grade materials using innovative technology, Sealcon nylon dome and flex fittings meet the highest demands of quality and security.
PVDF – The PVDF strain relief connector fitting, also known as a cable gland or cord grip fitting, is well-suited for food and beverage applications and works well for clean room applications as well as high temperature environments
316 & 316L Stainless Steel Hygienic – The stainless steel hygienic strain relief connector fittings are designed to reduce the buildup of bacterial and micro-organism deposits.
Sealcon circular connectors are ideal for the needs of retooling for robotic integration. Benefits of Sealcon connectors include:
- Liquid Tight
- Low Profile and Durable
- Options for Hazardous and Increased Safety Areas
- UV Protection
- IP Submersion Rating
Sealcon circular connectors eliminate the need for rewiring and allow flexibility in equipment configuration. Sizes and configurations include M12, M16, M23, M27, and M40 in Signal, Power, Fast Ethernet, PoE, and Hybrid varieties.
Many locking connector styles are available including standard threaded screw lock, Twilock ¼ turn connection system, and Twilock-S which mates to SpeedTEC® by Intercontec / TE connectivity.
Advantages of Sealcon Products
- IP69K (Splash Rated)
- Non-Corrosive, Non-Flaking, Fungus Resistant
- Smooth surface (no cavities, no sharp corners) preventing material from sticking
- High / Low Temperature
- Deca BDE
- UL Ratings
- Metric, NPT, PG
- Wide Range of In-Stock Sizes – over 6,000 to choose from
- Ready to Ship
- Technical Assistance
Sealcon is your source for high quality, reliable connectors and cable glands that meet a wide range of application demands and challenges. We’ll get you the connectors and cable glands you need on time and within budget. Contact us to discuss your project and get a free quote.