AI and IoT tech digitally transforms Aussie dairy producer

Tuesday, 20 April, 2021 | Supplied by: Rayven

Riverina Fresh has teamed up with real-time AI and IoT solution delivery platform Rayven to unveil a digital transformation initiative.

The Australian dairy and milk producer’s new project will aim to use IoT technology to provide real-time metrics and optimisation abilities on the production floor.

Riverina Fresh was using some older equipment operated from the factory floor which lacked real-time oversight and optimisation. After a review process, engineering management identified potential improvements to the production process that could be realised with increased visibility of real-time data and access to new metrics of efficiency.

The dairy producer selected Rayven as the AI and IoT platform of choice, working together to develop and deploy a solution that has enabled them to adopt a predictive and preventive maintenance regime on key machinery, increasing uptime, output and utilisation.

Rob Collier, CEO of Riverina Fresh, said the company was introduced to Rayven by Bridge Hub, the Agrifood tech innovation hub.

“We collaborated with Rayven to help develop their product for some of our older equipment, bringing it into the 21st century,” Collier said.

“This was achieved for a relatively low cost and without the need to replace existing equipment. This is an example of modernising a manufacturing business without having to outlay significant capital expenditure.”

The outcomes achieved from implementing the solution included increased run-time and throughput, with opportunities for additional gains as Riverina Fresh uses the new metrics to track and improve changeover between products and reductions in line downtime.

Rob Collier said the business’s transformation initiative is designed to improve uptime, productivity and reduce waste.

“A lot of businesses are operating with old, outdated technology that needs modernising and we wanted to explore what IoT technology could do to help us with our digital transformation.”

Paul Berkovic, CCO of Rayven, said the industrial AI and IoT platform is designed to be hyper-flexible and quick to deploy so that businesses can take advantage of their real-time data by better monitoring, managing and optimising their assets and operations.

“We collaborated with the team at Riverina Fresh to come up with a solution that would integrate seamlessly with their operations and existing machinery, retrofitting sensors and technologies without disrupting what they do.”

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