February 29, 2024

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Digitally Transforming Yangtze’s Food Industry

Nestled in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta, a transformation is unfolding within the food industry, reshaping the very essence of food production. In the bustling city of Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, the symphony of technology and tradition plays out in a coffee roasting factory.

Here, a mesmerising dance of countless pipes and machinery forms multi-story production facilities. It’s a captivating sight where green coffee beans embark on an incredible journey, ascending to great heights before gracefully descending through a meticulously choreographed sequence of processes.

This region’s food industry continues to evolve, expanding its value chain, embracing the dual-circulation pattern, and elevating its intelligent manufacturing capabilities. In doing so, it breathes new life into the Yangtze River Delta, infusing it with a fresh wave of developmental vigour.

Not far from Kunshan, in Taicang, Jiangsu, a food production base sets the stage for a fascinating spectacle. Here, more than ten ice cream cones are crafted every second, a testament to the marvels of intelligent manufacturing. The production equipment operates seamlessly, driven by automation and digitalisation, setting new standards for intelligence and environmental responsibility.

But the impact of intelligent manufacturing goes beyond mere efficiency; it’s reshaping the very landscape of the food industry in the Yangtze River Delta. The region’s integration fosters a concentration of food industry enterprises.

Gu Jun, the director of the Economic Development Promotion Bureau of Kunshan Development Zone, attests that in recent years, the world’s leading food manufacturers, specialising in chocolate, ice cream, beverages, and other snack foods, have strategically concentrated their operations in the fertile grounds of the Yangtze River Delta.

This isn’t merely a random convergence; it’s the result of a technological revolution that has been steadily advancing over recent years. Known as digitalisation, it’s the driving force behind what they call Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

At its heart, digitalisation seamlessly integrates digital technologies and data-driven processes into manufacturing operations, all with the overarching goal of enhancing efficiency, productivity, and flexibility.

In this transformative journey, the primary role of digitalisation is to facilitate data collection and analysis. Digital technologies seamlessly gather vast volumes of data from sensors, machines, and devices that populate the factory floor. This trove of data is then meticulously analysed through advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms. These processes unveil patterns, optimise operations, and predict maintenance needs, ushering in substantial improvements in overall efficiency.

But digitalisation doesn’t merely stop at data collection; it catalyses real-time monitoring and control of manufacturing processes. Through the deployment of sensors and IoT devices, machinery and production processes are under constant surveillance, enabling manufacturers to make instantaneous adjustments to enhance production and maintain product quality. This real-time visibility and control serve as the bedrock of intelligent manufacturing.

Beyond real-time control, digitalisation is the catalyst for smart manufacturing. It leads to the integration of smart technologies, such as automation, robotics, and AI, into manufacturing operations. This infusion equips production lines with greater flexibility and responsiveness, enabling them to swiftly adapt to evolving market demands, thereby elevating the intelligence of manufacturing processes.

The benefits of digitalisation extend to supply chain integration, streamlining communication between manufacturers and suppliers. This translates to more efficient inventory management and rapid responses to fluctuations in demand, which, in turn, reduce lead times and operational costs, benefiting both the economy and the environment.

Manufacturers seeking to offer customisation and personalisation find digitalisation indispensable. Digital tools and technologies streamline the production of customised products, meticulously tailored to meet individual customer requirements, all while ensuring production efficiency remains uncompromised.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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