There is unusually high competition amongst companies when it comes to the food and beverage sector. Every company is trying to be the best by producing safe foods and beverages at low costs.
Some companies, however, take it a notch higher by producing products of low quality at low costs so as to increase the production – profit margin.
One of the costs these companies usually deem optional is the maintenance cost. When the operating system is in good shape, maintenance of assets seems to be irrelevant to them.
For the food and beverage industry specifically, this should never be the case since food safety highly depends on the performance of these assets.
Food safety involves handling, preparing, and storing food in the most proper way to ensure that the consumers don’t face food-borne illnesses. Or else the brand could be damaged.
Asset performance has a reasonably high impact on food safety since it is responsible for the quality of foods and beverages being produced.
Research conducted regarding a particular food product showed that 60% of consumers bought that specific product due to its quality.
And all the other factors like customer preference, prices, supply chain issues, and the advertisement on social media and other platforms were accounted for 40%.
With no doubt, a company that is aiming to build its brand needs to put the quality of its products at the front of all other production issues.
Asset reliability in production.
Companies need to ensure that their assets are reliable so as to improve manufacturing efficiency. This can be done by collecting and analyzing asset data to help with the maintenance program in place.
Of recent, one of the measures to consider is the use of body temperature monitoring guns and facial recognition gadgets to ensure food security from ill people with COVID-19.
Food and beverage brands should eliminate food safety risks and risks to workers to prevent their brand damage and accidental loss of lives of consumers.
Why ensure assets are at their best performance?
The assets should be able to maintain the performance volume they were initially designed for. Failure of an asset to do this means that there could be alterations in the products being produced.
Assets most especially equipment should not break down most times. This improves manufacturing efficiency and reliability. This is ensured by putting in place routine maintenance programs.
Poorly maintained assets can contribute to food contamination through pathogen infiltration and metals leaking into the foods and beverages.
There could also be cases of faulty labeling of products which poses a high consumption risk. This calls for product recalling by companies.
Where there is no asset performance evaluation, the safety of foods and beverages is at high risk. Hence putting the health of consumers at stake since these products are being consumed and digested by the body.
At the same time, the brand name of the company is also at stake.