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through the end of the manufacturing process,
selecting areas where investments have been
made at each phase, drilling further into
subcategories of investments.
" Survey questions didn't stop at equipment
investments, " said Hellmer. " The research
also reveals processor investments in various
digital tools that can introduce greater
process efficiencies with less dependence on
manual efforts. "
When reviewing the top drivers of equipment
and technology investments, processors rated
the importance of 11 goals for their investments
on a five-point scale. About 80% or more of
respondents viewed the following three drivers
as top investment priorities:
* Increasing revenue potential
* More consistent product quality
* Improving downtime/uptime ratios
Second-tier goals on the part of threequarters
of participants were led by gaining
faster and more efficient automated processes
compared to human labor, as well as increasing
capacity. Additionally, 65% of participants
prioritized eliminating the need for manual labor
in processing facilities.
Processors were asked to report their
company investment status, including whether
their companies currently have some type
of solution in place and either have plans in
place to make upgrades in the next 12 months.
Also, where companies don't currently use
the specified equipment, processors indicated
whether they are either considering making a
first-time purchase in the next 12 months or
have no plans to do so in the near future.
" These trends illustrate ample opportunity
for dairy processors to better leverage some of
these tools to help create more efficiencies in
their businesses, " Hellmer said.
A greater share of large companies are
currently using some of these tools without
short-term plans to upgrade while others do
have plans to upgrade across areas or make first
time company investments in:
* Virtual operator training
* At-machine display technologies and OEM
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