Organizations in Food, Pharma and FMCG are always looking for new technologies to lift their production process to the next level. They usually focus on technical specifications and project-related details. What they often forget, however, is that a trusted and knowledgeable partner is just as important for your organization, maybe even more important, than the technology. This blog discusses the importance of a future-proof technological partner for your organization.
In today’s society, changes are all around us. Trends change continuously, affecting the way consumers buy and where they buy. What consumers want and expect from a company differs from day to day. Of course, this has great impact on the production process of organizations active in industries such as Food, Pharma and FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods). Production is changing from high-volume/low-mix to high-volume/high-mix and low-volume/high-mix. In addition to these changes, these industries typically deal with a shortage of manpower and qualified technical personnel as well.
Smart robot implementations offer solutions
For these industries, robot implementations often offer a useful solution. To be able to deal with the continuous change in the production process, it is important that these solutions are flexible and easy to deploy. Nowadays, technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), sensor developments and connectivity allow us to make robots smart, enabling them to become aware of and to deal with changes in the environment and product range.
These developments make them easy to deploy and easy to operate by an employee, without being taught how to perform their tasks. This way, the human operator can be relieved from dull and repetitive, often physically challenging, tasks. Their jobs will eventually change to more fulfilling functions in which special human skills are required.
Organizations in the Food, Pharma and FMCG industries often search for technologies that meet the above mentioned demands and can help them lift their production process to the next level. What they often forget to consider, however, is that a trusted and knowledgeable partner who is able to scale up with their organization is just as important as the technology. How can they ensure their partner is future-proof?
The benefits of an internationally present partner
It is common for organizations in Food, Pharma and FMCG to have multiple locations and factories, often spread throughout Europe, sometimes even the entire world. Besides finding a partner who offers smart and flexible solutions, it is important to consider whether this partner is future-proof. For these organizations, the availability of new technologies in all their factories is mandatory. Therefore, it is important that the high-tech organizations they partner up with are able to scale up with them and can roll-out their solutions internationally. Hence, these high-tech partners need to ensure swift and flexible deployment of their solutions. Installation should be easy and quick, allowing the organization to make new technologies and solutions available in all of their factories, no matter where it is located.
In addition, high-tech partners with international presence benefit from local availability and a knowledgeable team that can advice and help an organization’s local staff in the local language. What international organizations often forget is that cultural differences are of great importance when implementing new solutions in their factories abroad. Hence, teaming up with a high-tech partner who has a local team that understands the language and culture can help an organization overcome these differences. Their local knowledge enables them to create understanding and enthusiasm for the new solutions being implemented.
Make sure your partner is future-proof
As discussed above, if an organization is looking for new technologies to lift their production to the next level, they need to consider more than just the technical specifications. Besides focusing on the traditional project related specifications and the product fit, they should take the time to get to know the team behind a solution and their capabilities. They need to consider the DNA that defines their partner. This might turn out to be more critical for the future than things such as specifications, price and delivery time. Hence, ensure a future-proof partner.