An Analysis of Smart Systems Implementation in UK Food Production Companies
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The UK food industry faces significant challenges to remain competitive. With the changing political climate, companies can no longer rely on a low labour cost workforce to maintain low production costs. Smart Production Systems (SPS) is being seen as an alternative towards achieving improvements in productivity. However, little evidence exists on whether UK food companies are prepared for implementing such systems. The purpose of this research is to explore the applicability of SPS in the UK food processing industry and, to identify the preparedness of companies to implement such systems. A triangulated research approach is adopted and includes a questionnaire, interviews and audits of 20 food processing companies. Findings suggest that the current political turbulence in the UK could bring food companies closer to the adoption of SPS, hence it is a good time to consider learnings from other manufacturing sectors and, to outline an SPS implementation strategy.
Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering. Volume 8: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXII;
Thomas, A., Barton, R., Haven-Tang, C., Byard, P., Mason-Jones, R. and Francis, M. (2015) 'An Analysis of Smart Systems Implementation in UK Food Production Companies', Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering. Volume 8: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXII. DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-902-7-317.
Article in Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering. Volume 8: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXII, available at: https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-902-7-317.
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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