Why Choose ETG?
When you’re in the market for automated technologies, it can be tricky knowing who to turn to. Founded in 1972, ETG is now entering its 49th year of operation. For nearly half a century, we’ve assisted countless businesses looking to automate their production processes through the implementation of bespoke advanced manufacturing technologies. We tailor our service, providing product and process consultancy, build-to-print, or whole-line services to suit our clients’ needs.
Our global reach and vast capabilities have amassed us a loyal client base, many of whom wouldn’t hesitate to recommend our services to friends, family, and associates. Not to mention that our reach also means that we can deploy products to almost any location in the world and even provide full remote support. Our service is affordable too, so you can derive complete peace of mind that you’ve chosen the right company.
The beauty of using automated technologies is that they greatly improve machine safety. Traditionally manufacturing processes would have all machines operated by people. This can often lead to accidents resulting in the human operator receiving minor or even serious injuries. Even workplace fatalities can occur if mistakes are made on a production line. Automated technologies take over this process entirely, meaning human operators are simply required to oversee the robotic processes.
Automation for Workflow
By using a machine in place of a human worker, the impact on efficiency, scalability, and quality control will be immediately apparent. The simple fact is that automation can help businesses achieve far greater results in terms of productivity, repeatability, and product quality with fewer workers. This is important as there exist many thin margins in the food and beverage industry. You might find your operations need to be scaled up suddenly to cope with demand during specific seasons or because of certain events or trends.
You still need to maintain your brand’s identity and the quality you’ve become known for. Even if you’re selling more products, this temporary upscale can hurt your bottom line. This is where automation helps as it can be scaled up or down without needing additional manpower.
Less contact with the product is needed by human workers, which greatly improves food quality standards. Packing is far less likely to be contaminated by a simple sneeze or innocuous cough. The number of points of contact is limited, as is potential delay, variability, or downtime. And as productivity is scaled up and the amount of space required can actually be scaled down; as you won’t need spaces for human workers to manage the machine processes.
Uniformity of Products
Through automation, it’s a lot easier to maintain the uniformity of products. There are various touchpoints throughout the process, from supply to production and distribution. A serious misstep or even a minor one can impact your brand’s image. This could be shoddy packaging, contaminated food, poor quality, etc. Automation allows you to pick up on issues earlier in the process and ensure these are corrected. This makes it easier to standardise the entire process, ensuring complete uniformity.
Increased efficiency is arguably one of the most important reasons to have a machine take care of production. When set up and deployed correctly, automation can help greatly increase the speed of your production process, making it faster than if you relied solely on human workers. In the food industry, time is precious as demand is constant and delayed production could result in more waste being generated. Automation improves quality, increases profits, lowers operational costs, and allows you to increase supply to meet demand.
Crucially, machinery helps improve sustainability as you’re able to maintain levels of productivity indefinitely with no drop-off whatsoever. There’s also traceability to consider; when coupled with analytics, automation helps improve traceability of raw materials and foods from the field all the way to fulfilment. Almost no manual input is needed; foods can be tracked, providing a clear oversight of what’s happening at every stage of production.
This capability is hugely important for companies that process perishable foods and beverages and allows for improved supply chain management, highlighting inefficiencies and unnecessary expenses.