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.
Ein paar Jahre zuvor wollte das Unternehmen Bonafarm selbst in den Markt der Geflügelindustrie einsteigen. Durch die Übernahme der Firma Hungerit ist der Zugang zum Geflügelabsatz nun gewährleistet.
Mit der Masterplanung für einen neuen Geflügelschlachthof und Cut-up Bereich, mit einer Leistung von 15.000 Tiere/Stunde kann somit der heutige in die Jahre gekommene Bestandsbetrieb dann zukünftig einer anderen Nutzung zugeführt werden. Mit dem Neubau kann nun ein hocheffizienter, nach dem letzten Stand der Technik auf die Zukunft ausgerichteter Betrieb dann seiner Bestimmung übergeben werden.
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.
Perhaps you are asking yourselves …
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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