Reinach, Switzerland, May 17, 2021 – Transformation in the food industry ostensibly offers the advantage of auditability to identifythe production history behind each individual batch. But for the suppliers of manufacturing plants in this market, the transformation of vertical and horizontal production chains means reaching a new level of economic efficiency and increased business processes. It is not only individual vertical chains that are to be orchestrated in the cloud, but entire ecosystems.
An example of this includes a Swedish sausage manufacturer, who now benefits from reliable data from production. While initially from the network between the slicing and packaging machine – with cloud architecture in place there is the prospect of more data becoming avaliable. To this end, Multivac and Schiwa have joined forces as members of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance to collaborate on one project.
"With the basis of a common customer in Sweden and membership in the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance, Multivac and Schiwa set out to generate added value for customers," explains Simon Stark, Workgroup Lead Process Industry, Food & Beverage of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance and Business Development Manager at the Multivac Group. "Our goal is to show the maximum availability of production at the customer's site, identify bottlenecks and keep an eye on production-relevant key figures."
"In our capacity as members of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance on this project, we are looking for the right interface through which the information can be clearly identified and processed, which ultimately provides the best conditions for reproducibility," explains Michael Riester, Workgroup Lead and Member of Technical Committee at the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance and Senior Enterprise Architect IIoT at Endress+Hauser.
"For smaller members, the advantage is that within the Alliance, properties are created 'outof-the-box' without having to create their own cloud solution. The automated production chain can also be extended - not only cutting machines are integrated, but also, filling systems, counting and weighing technology, and labelling solutions."