From: Packaging News
Tetra Pak has unveiled its “factory of the future” where digital technology ‘revolutionises’ the way food manufacturing plants operate.
Launching at this week’s Hannover Messe 2019, one of the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company said machines will be able to communicate with each other as well as with the digital systems of the operation, automatically taking on tasks such as diagnosing problems, ordering and delivering parts, and looking for an engineer who is most suitable for the service needed.
Tetra Pak has been working on the digitalisation of food manufacturing with partners including Microsoft, ABB, SAP and the automated logistics solutions provider Elettric80.
The technology builds on previous measures to bring the benefits of digitalisation to the food and beverage industry, such as the launch of Tetra Pak Plant Secure and condition monitoring.
Supported by these smart solutions, the workforce will be able to focus on managing the plant, making quick, informed decisions and continuously increasing the speed of production, reducing errors and minimising product waste.
Johan Nilsson, VP Industry 4.0 and Digitalisation at Tetra Pak, said: “We are in a period where the market is changing at high speed. Consumer demands coupled with regulations require a new way of food manufacturing that is much more efficient and food-safety guaranteed.
“At the same time, we believe humans should continue to be at the centre of the management of food manufacturing, with digital solutions as their support.”