As a society, we are all becoming an ever-connected digital community. Almost everyone has a smartphone in their pocket. We are continually sharing data through various applications and technologies. Our refrigerators can order food when needed or call for maintenance, our cars continually monitor performance and are able to ‘self-drive,’ and fitness trackers are monitoring our health and personal performance in real-time and giving us feedback to improve ourselves. These connected networks have helped us to improve our personal lives, but how do we take this connected, real-time, data environment onto the manufacturing floor as part of Industry 4.0 initiatives to provide that next incremental jump in safety, quality and productivity?
For the past few decades, within manufacturing, there has been a significant focus on Industry 3.0 activities.
Through the implementation of PLCs, robotics, networking, and other computerized systems on the manufacturing floor, we have driven significant improvements.
Sargento has embraced these technologies for years. From the utilization of PLC based controls on most machines to an expansion of robotic systems to improve ergonomics for our employees. We continue to expand the utilization of these technologies over the years to include product pick and place, package alignment & picking systems, palletizing, automated storage and retrieval systems, and order picking/staging systems.