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On the
move
The dairy industry is transitioning
toward modernizing operations.
by Benton Smith | bsmith@sosland.com
M
ore than two decades into overseeing
the company's work toward digitizing
the dairy supply chain, Scott Sexton, the
chief executive officer for Dairy.com by Ever.Ag,
realizes the industry still could benefit a great deal
from further modernization.
Because dairy is a complicated industry,
involving a perishable, multicomponent product
and heavy regulation, Sexton said the steps
along the way that get milk from a farm to a
finished good that sits in a grocery store need to
be digitized.
" It doesn't happen overnight, " he said. " Many,
many players across that value chain have been
making investments. "
In 2022, awareness and interest in modernizing
the industry's infrastructure are higher than ever,
Sexton added, as more people within the world
of dairy processing either hear of or experience
firsthand the benefits of operating with " real-time,
transparent and digital " information.
Chirag Pandya, a partner at business
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consulting firm McKinsey & Company, agrees
that there are a few areas from cow to consumer
wherein the dairy industry would benefit from
modernizing. At the processing plant level, Pandya
said he would start with automation and control.
In his experiences, Pandya said he has come
across multiple plants that still utilize PLCs, HMIs
and control panels that aren't even supported by
OEMs or have parts that have become obsolete.
" Dairy processors tend to underinvest in
plant automation overall, and it is one of the big
improvement opportunities for the industry, "
Pandya said.
While sometimes a return on investment
perspective can make such automation
projects appear unappealing or challenging, he
recommended considering the larger picture.
" In my view, some critical automation
upgrades are some of the most important strategic
projects dairy processors should be undertaking, "
Pandya said.
Similarly, Lindsay Datlow, a principal advisor
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