Bühler to showcase latest advancements at Interpack

Bühler has announced that it will be demonstrating how the use of its digital services and IoT technologies offer significant gains in efficiency at this year’s Interpack trade show.

High productivity and consistent product quality are important factors to succeed in the industrial production of chocolate. The increasing availability of sensors, actuators and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies also open up opportunities for an even more efficient production in this area.

Bühler will be demonstrating, for instance, how the ‘Smart Chocolate Factory’ will change the manufacturing of chocolate mass in the future. It will be showcasing more intelligent process monitoring and control for its DoMiReCo production line.

“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.

Zappa adds, “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.”

Bühler will also be introducing a new molding plant, ChocoBotic, at the trade show. Thanks to its integrated robotic technology, process steps, which are usually set up sequentially, can now be arranged differently and modified to suit different masses, recipes, or products. Both small and large chocolate processors gain an unprecedented flexibility, the company says, adding that they can quickly respond to changing customer needs and produce smaller batches or seasonal items.

Meanwhile, its online learning platform ChocoGenius will make its debut at the show. It uses interactive tutorials and learning modules to teach how to operate Bühler plants and provides information on chocolate manufacturing. The web based platform is aimed primarily at operators and completes the company’s existing training offer. Also making its debut is MyBühler, a digital platform which is said to make ordering spare parts or inquiries about prices and availability easier and more efficient.

Interpack will take place at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany from 4-10 May.

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