Packaging systems and solutions provider SIG is set to deploy GE Digital’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications to optimise its operations across the globe.

Together, the companies will strive for digital innovation in food and beverage packaging.

As part of the deal, GE Digital will offer its Predix Asset Performance Management (APM) and Predix ServiceMax applications to be deployed across more than 400 customer factories belonging to SIG.

"Our ability to harness data is central to delivering on our promise of opening up new opportunities for our customers."

The deployment of the technologies will allow SIG to drive efficiency and create intelligent packaging solutions to meet the changing needs of its customers.

Through the partnership, the company also intends to achieve smart supply chain.

SIG noted that digital transformation is necessary for the food and beverage industry due to growing competitiveness, supply chain complexities and ever-shorter production cycles.

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By utilising the applications, the company can build an end-to-end digital platform that offers a new level of insight and data-driven intelligence to its customers worldwide.

This results in improved prediction, management and servicing of the entire lifecycle of SIG filling lines.

SIG CEO Rolf Stangl said: “Our ability to harness data is central to delivering on our promise of opening up new opportunities for our customers.

“By tapping into information in new and innovative ways, we will be able to deliver an unmatched level of performance, security, transparency and creativity across the entire food and beverage supply chain – through to the end consumer.”

The technologies remove the need for SIG and their clients to deploy traditional asset monitoring and predictive service models to improve their supply chain, quality control technologies and portfolio mix.

GE Digital CEO Bill Ruh said: “Digital is reshaping every sector, and industrials know they need to own the productivity of their assets to succeed.

“By adopting Predix applications, SIG is establishing itself as a leader in the transformation of food and beverage packaging. This partnership brings our teams together to write a new chapter for SIG and for the industry.”

While the initial deployment is set to take place in July this year, SIG expects to expand it to all its locations beginning in January next year.