The collaboration will empower workers in food production with technology, tools and training that can help accelerate zero waste processes
Tetra Pak and Poka1 have announced the launch of a new strategic collaboration that brings together the expertise, technology, and best practices of Tetra Pak, a leader in the food and beverage packaging industry, with the power of Poka, the most comprehensive connected factory worker platform. This collaboration will empower workers in food production with the tools and training needed to accelerate zero waste processes in food manufacturing plants. It’s the first global and scalable connected workforce service that Tetra Pak will roll out as part of its new training and support solution.
According to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12, a range of entry points are required for promoting responsible consumption and production, and this can be achieved by producing more with less, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable practices.
Poka has helped manufacturers reduce equipment downtime by 5.9%, increase worker productivity by 18% and decrease quality issues by 64%. By equipping front line staff with the most up to date information they require in order to make fast decisions, manufacturers can maintain high standards of quality and food safety whilst minimising waste in the form of product, time, or cost.
“This collaboration is part and parcel of our journey to provide access to safe food and to do that in a sustainable way, even in our own production, factory floor processes using the resources and technologies available to us.,” noted Roberto Franchitti, executive vice=president of Services & Quality at Tetra Pak.
“I am thrilled to be collaborating with Poka and through this partnership, supported by technology and smart solutions, the workforce will be able to increase efficiencies in food production, including the speed of production, reducing errors, minimising product waste and making quick, informed decisions. At the same time, we believe humans should continue to be at the centre of food manufacturing innovation and management, with new digital solutions acting as an enabler of this change.”
Alexandre Leclerc, chief executive officer and co-founder of Poka, commented: “This partnership with Tetra Pak responds to a real need from our food and beverage user community who are looking for easier ways to access expert content and knowledge. Our joint customers can now accelerate time to value with turnkey content for their most critical equipment all the while reducing the waste produced in the factories.”
Connected Workforce by Tetra Pak offers digital tools, devices and services designed to upskill frontline factory workers on the job to increase efficiency, eliminate waste and solve problems faster. The result is a more autonomous and skilled workforce, empowered with the right training and tools that can drive improvements in food safety and quality and reduce operational waste. This will ultimately lead to improved workforce productivity and equipment performance of customers, helping them find solutions to minimise any losses in their operations.
With Tetra Pak’s Connected Workforce, technicians can continuously improve their operations by sharing best practices and problem solve faster across production lines. Tetra Pak’s Connected Workforce can support both the onboarding of new staff, as well as existing frontline factory workers with better training and support. According to Deloitte’s Fourth Industrial Revolution report, 74% of executives surveyed cited training and workforce development as their top investment priority in 2020.
1 Poka was the recipient of the 2020 Open Bosch Award in recognition of outstanding innovation and was distinguished, for two consecutive years, as one of 10 Connected Worker vendors in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Manufacturing Operations Strategy. Poka is trusted by Nestlé, Danone, Kraft, Barry Callebaut, and many other global companies to drive manufacturing excellence