Webalo has been working closely with the food and beverage industry for several years, and we've noticed a definitive move to them evaluating and adopting digital technologies for increased efficiencies in their supply chain. A lot of the focus is on what we call the Frontline Worker--those task workers that are directly involved with the process, from the planning through execution of the product manufacturing through the delivery--ie, the entire value chain.
Visit an industrial plant - a mine, power generation plant or manufacturing facility for example - and automation, mechanical and digital, is everywhere. Millions of dollars are invested in machinery, robotics, enterprise and industrial software systems that run and operate a plant. However, chat with the workforce, the frontline workers themselves, and you’ll find that they’re largely disconnected from all of this automation – when they do their job, it's paper, voice or experience-based and rarely digitized.
The best tools and practices for better data visibility & monitoring are highly dependent upon the environment upon which you are working. Looking at the 'real-time' world of manufacturing operations, the needs within this area are to provide context (meaning) to the data so that workers or management can make decisions based upon the results or outcome.