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First of all – what is IoT, or Internet of Things?

In brief, IoT refers to the connection of appliances which can then be accessed via smart devices such as phones or laptops. 

The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, is a common buzz-term in manufacturing today. But for many companies, the images of vast, automated factories that it suggests can be as confusing and alienating as they are intriguing. As such, despite the unignorable benefits it offers them, many small-to-medium-sized businesses are still put off by the idea of the IIoT.

We get it: as a drinks producer, coding and marking is not always at the forefront of your mind. It is much more likely that you spend your days thinking about subtle flavourings and attractive packaging, meeting production deadlines and creating ingenious marketing campaigns – and that’s understandable. It is easy to take something like coding and marking for granted, perhaps by underspending in that area or not replacing an old machine. And why not?

As the alcoholic drinks industry reverses global declines of recent years and UK alcohol exports enjoy strong growth, there is one phenomenon that continues to dog the sector: counterfeiting.

Production downtime costs Britain’s manufacturers more than £180bn each year. With the price of raw ingredients rising, and increasing pressure to reduce sugar in Brits’ diets, confectionery manufacturers must find new ways to improve efficiency to facilitate growth.

 

As we see signs of tentative growth in the confectionery industry, it may be time to re-evaluate your production machinery and check that it is still up to the job.

There are a range of confectionery coding technologies that can be used to apply your best before date and batch code onto your bars, bags and boxes of candy, but which is right for you?

Maybe we have more bad days in the UK than our friends on the continent because we are the largest consumer of snacks in Europe.  Habits are changing though and there has been a noticeable move to more healthy snacks. This might account for the fact that confectionery sales have not been as buoyant in recent years, although 2017 did buck a five-year decline with an increase in revenues, and sales forecasts for 2018 are continuing this positive trend.

On the 28th March 2018, the UK government gave the green light to the bottle Deposit Return Scheme (DRS). Similar schemes have been rolled out in 38 countries including Sweden, Germany and Norway, where 95% of plastic bottles have been recycled since the scheme was introduced in 1999. 

“No one will own a car in 20 years,” Bob Lutz, one of the biggest names in the car industry, recently predicted, in reference to the growing trend of ride-sharing. Add to this the ongoing emergence of the electric car, the self-driving car, and the connected car – and it’s clear that the future of the automotive industry will look very different to the present.

Components in automotive manufacture are, in many cases, meant to wear. Parts like brake pads or discs for example will wear out eventually. When manufacturers also need to apply traceability codes, it is important that they last as long as the component.

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