Bühler set for digital showcase at Interpack in Germany
Machinery manufacturer, Bühler is set to use this week’s Interpack show in Dusseldorf to showcase how the use of digital services and IoT technologies offers significant gains in efficiency.
"With more intelligent process control, we can further improve productivity and achieve even more consistency in product quality," explains Marco Zappa, Head of Business Unit Chocolate Mass at Bühler.
The market and technology leader is also introducing its new moulding plant ChocoBotic with robotic technology and its online learning platform ChocoGenius.
As the company explained, high productivity and consistent product quality are important factors to succeed in the industrial production of chocolate. The increasing availability of sensors, actuators, as well as internet of things technologies also open up opportunities for even greater efficiencies.
For Interpack 2017, Bühler will be demonstrating how the “Smart Chocolate Factory” will change the manufacturing of chocolate mass in the future. The technology leader is showcasing more intelligent process monitoring and control for its proven DoMiReCo production line.
“Not only will it be possible to increase productivity but also to have more consistency in product quality. And because fewer manual interventions are required, the manufacturing costs drop, while food safety improves,” added Zappa, describing the most important advantages.
Bühler will also be introducing the new moulding plant, ChocoBotic, at the trade show. Thanks to the integrated robotic technology, process steps, which are usually set up sequentially, can now be arranged differently and modified flexibly to suit different masses, recipes, or products. Both small and large chocolate processors gain an unprecedented flexibility: They can quickly respond to changing customer needs and also produce smaller batches or seasonal items. ChocoBotic was developed by Bühler as part of an Innovation Challenge and is regarded as the pioneer of a new generation of plants for the "smart" production of chocolate items.
Digital technologies don’t stop, even when it comes to training: At the Interpack, the online learning platform ChocoGenius is celebrating its premiere. It uses interactive tutorials and learning modules to teach how to operate Bühler plants and provides valuable basic information on chocolate manufacturing. The web-based platform is aimed primarily at operators and completes Bühler’s existing training offer.
Also in the limelight at the trade show is MyBühler: The digital platform adds another communication channel to Bühler, which, for instance, makes ordering spare parts or inquiries about prices and availability much easier and more efficient.
The company’s Networking Days 2017 @ Interpack will feature four core themes that strongly impact the food processing industry: sustainability, nutrition, food safety, and the growing importance of the Internet of Things. Among the highlights of the event are some 20 innovations across the value chain, expert presentations, side events, and an exclusive networking dinner hosted by Bühler.