The global food automation market is projected to reach US$12.2 billion by 2022, according to market research agency ReportLinker.

Meat importer and supplier Huber’s Butchery took the leap from manual paperwork to automating their document management process to improve the efficiency and productivity of the business. Ryan Huber, managing director, explains their move.

The world is fast adapting to the fourth industry revolution in all sectors, including the manufacture of food and beverages. What does Industry 4.0 entail and what should F&B manufacturers know? Christian Burdin, managing director, Festo, gives his opinion.

The fourth industrial revolution, digitalisation, is slowly getting adopted by the food and beverage industry. With a rapid rise in automation expected, Markus Brettschneider, senior vice president, ABB Global Food & Beverage Applications, gives his views on the use of automation in the industry.

Hygienic and efficient automation in food production are key to protecting the consumer and the manufacturer’s brand. These lie in the basics of design and material of equipment. By Alexander Wagner, head of sector management food industry, Festo AG & Company KG

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Festo Didactic SE and Technical University of Munich Asia (TUM Asia) will jointly explore and develop education activities for students and employees interested in upskilling themselves in the areas of Automation Technology and Industrie 4.0 (Industry 4.0) in Singapore.

The countries of Southeast Asia might be only emerging markets at the moment, but the speed at which they are developing is unprecedented. Digitalisation of the food and beverage manufacturing industry will be inevitable, says Dieter Broeckl, senior vice president, country division lead DF/PD Thailand, Process Automation Lead ASEAN, Siemens.

The Hydrex AquaVista by Veolia Water Technologies is an automated control and monitoring system, adaptable for most water treatment systems including both open and closed cooling circuits, membranes and boilers.

The system is capable of collecting operational data, calculating corrective actions, executing corrections, communicating with the system’s operator, and controlling the optimum design parameters.

These offer manufacturers key benefits such as minimising risk concerning scale and corrosion, maximising water usage, optimising blow-down water and related discharges, facilitating reports and operating conditions, and achieving highest water treatment systems performance.

A new, fully automated, leak testing system has been developed by Dansensor to help food processors ensure that individual modified atmosphere packages do not have undetected micro leaks.

Using CO2 as a trace gas to test for potential leaks at levels down to 50 microns, LeakProtego is an online system that relies on modular units, each of which can test up to 12 packages per minute.

This system enables food processors to test products for leaks even before they have been placed into cases or shipping crates, and the modules can provide critical information such as individual leak size and rate so production line modifications can be made quickly.

Every so often, new processing technologies emerge to help manufacturers become more productive, efficient, or save costs. What will the future of food technology look like? By Michelle Cheong

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