USA – The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has partnered with global technology company, ABB to offer IDFA members a suite of automated systems, applications and integrated solutions that will help them to advance digitalization within their plants and facilities amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through the partnership, the trade association said in a statement that ABB will offer a top-to-bottom Digital Plant Assessment to its members focused on improving efficiencies and fill gaps within member companies’ manufacturing and production processing operations.

IDFA said that the digital solutions will be available to all its member including processors of milk, ice cream, yogurt, butter, cheese, dairy ingredients, as well as equipment and packaging manufacturers.

IDFA explained that the Digital Plant Assessment is focused on diagnosing operations before prescribing solutions adding that its five-step approach allows ABB professionals to work jointly with IDFA member leadership and experts to unlock hidden value through digital technologies.

According to the trade association, ABB’s signature Digital Plant Assessment (DPA) can be conducted remotely or on-site to reveal opportunities for immediate and continuous operational improvement to enhance process efficiencies and effectiveness.

“We are so pleased to partner with ABB, a global leader in technology and digital transformation across the food sector, to offer this important service to IDFA members seeking process and supply chain improvements to grow their businesses and remain resilient in the face of future shocks,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.

“There is no other trade association in dairy where processing members can join with world-class technology and digital solutions leaders to modernize their businesses, build resilience, and manage risk in today’s consumer-driven economy.”

“IDFA is an excellent advocacy organization that is dedicated to its members; ABB is proud to be working closely with their team,” said Aaron Strupp, North America Food and Beverage Director for ABB Process Industries.

“We look forward to collaborating with IDFA and its members on ways to make a positive difference for their businesses, through the strategic application of individual consultancy services and technologies which supports the adoption of smart manufacturing that improves production and operational performance.”

As an IDFA Gold Business Partner supplying its unique services to the dairy processing and manufacturing industries, ABB said that will offer its signature Digital Plant Assessment (DPA) at a discounted rate to IDFA members.

The tech company said that it will hold a special webinar hosted by Kevin Starr, Research and Development Manager at ABB, entitled, “Digital Readiness in the New Normal,” to provide additional information.

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