When we think of lifting products or lifting equipment, we tend to think of heavy industrial environments or processes. It’s sometimes easy to forget that these pieces of equipment are crucial in delivering a whole range of items to consumers and end-users, from the smartphones that we use every day to the vehicles we use for transport.
Another vital end product that we couldn’t be without is food and consumables. A basic need and necessity for humans, the food and brewery industry has been transformed by lifting equipment, allowing for more products to be delivered at faster rates.
The brewery industry is a heavy user of lifting equipment
The food and brewery industry is a large, complex network of diverse manufacturing plants, businesses, suppliers, farmers and more, involving large processing factories, small farms, brewers, distilleries, vineyards, supermarkets. It’s safe to say that this is a huge industry, reliant on millions of different moving parts and people to get the food and drink that we consume onto our tables.
It is estimated that the total value of all global food exports totals around $1.328 billion, while the same value for the total worth of the food and agricultural industry is around $8 trillion. Alongside this, the global beverage industry is expected to reach a value of $1.9 trillion by 2021. Clearly, this is a high value industry.
Part of this is because of all the different sectors that make it up, which includes, but is not limited to:
- Food processing
- Financial services
While some of these above services won’t require the use of lifting equipment, many will. We’ve explored this in more detail below.
There are multiple ways that this equipment is used in the food and brewery industry, and here are just some of them:
It’s used to help get consumables both on and off the production line, and, it helps to do so in a more efficient manner. You’ll typically see items such as cranes and hoists helping to lift and lower.
You’ll find that it also helps to transport these consumables from the production line and into transport vehicles, ready to be delivered around the world.
Some items in this industry are far too heavy to be lifted by a human, such as heavy barrels of liquid, and this is where lifting equipment comes in.
Conveyor belts that form the production lines in manufacturing plants are usually made from wire rope, a popular piece of equipment in this industry. With its strong and sturdy nature, conveyor systems can continue to run smoothly and efficiently at all times.
There are dozens of other industries that lifting equipment is used in, from construction to the power and energy sector. If you want to find out more about how it can help you, please get in contact with us here.