foodfab Operational planning

Production machines that autonomously request the necessary raw materials from their warehouses, cutting machines that digitally assess food with the help of sensors, communicate with each other, and deliver the food to the packaging robots: A successful production facility (also) benefits from the correct (smart) use of the necessary technology.

Many food companies are feeling a growing pressure to innovate that is being driven by automation. The risk of short-term and short-sighted decisions is increasing. This is why good networking with sectoral experts is essential for a company that wants to identify the best measures for the long-term healthy and innovative development of a production facility into a smart factory: Interdisciplinary teams of consultants and experts from all engineering disciplines, who have excellent knowledge of the machine technology market, work together to comprehensively investigate all modernization options and, on the basis of this, make an optimized proposal covering all aspects of a facility: planning, construction, operation, and distribution. These are all services that foodfab delivers together with ATP architects engineers.

Efficiency driver and competitive advantage

The acute personnel shortage is only one reason why food processing facilities are making increasing use of robots: Machines spare humans from having to perform tough physical or boring work – with the ultimate aim of increasing competitiveness. In other words, they create capacity rather than tying it up. At the end of the day, Industry 4.0 is also about the decisive role of higher productivity for a company that wants to remain competitive and, hence, safeguard its future and its jobs.

Despite the fact that food comes in many more different forms and is more sensitive and perishable than, for example, metal, the robotics technology of machinery manufacturers has made great strides in the direction of the food industry in recent years. Thanks to improvements in controls, mechanisms, and sensors, these machines can do far more today than merely pack food and load pallets. Intelligent control systems use special sensors for sorting goods that are able to “capture” such parameters as temperature, pH-value, humidity, or size and then sort items appropriately. It is no longer necessary to move raw materials manually. For example, the fully automatic delivery and removal of crates is controlled with the help of so-called identification points and guarantees better traceability, higher product quality, and significantly lower error rates.

We address the following factors when selecting the equipment and machines for your individual process and operational requirements:

  • Conformity with the strictest food industry norms and regulations
  • Maximum energy efficiency and environmentally friendly production
  • Flexibility and adaptability for a range of production requirements
  • Efficient automation and optimal control
  • Integrated control systems
  • Complete traceability of raw materials and products
  • Excellent accessibility and easy maintenance
  • Ergonomic design
  • Comprehensive data analysis and options for optimizing performance

Holistic guidance

Perhaps you are asking yourselves …

  •  Which processing equipment and machines also deliver what they promise?
  • Where and how can these be best integrated into your individual production process?
  • And how can they be most efficiently used to ensure a smooth process?

Our experience shows us that today’s food companies increasingly require holistic guidance – roadmaps for the transformation of their production facilities from traditional plants into smart factories. As integrated food technology experts, we can also help you to position the right machines logically and to operate them at exactly the right capacity, to make production flows more efficient, and, finally, to avoid indiscriminate expansion or the inefficient or random addition of robots and resulting creation of a technical hotchpotch that may work in parts but lacks an overall structure and only makes the general process less efficient, however carefully you have thought about it.

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