Bühler settles case with former employees, as it passes 150,000 weighing systems installation mark
Swiss equipment and systems business, Bühler, has settled a case with several former employees over weighing technology used across the food and drink sector that they subsequently developed under a new business, Swisca, reports Neill Barston.
According to the Uzwil-based business, a dispute arose between the parties regarding the use of intellectual property, but the firm has now confirmed that legal proceedings have now been avoided in an out of court settlement.
Swisca and Bühler have agreed on how to compensate the use of Bühler’s intellectual property and know-how, which had reportedly enabled its rapid market development. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but said they looked forward to future fair competition.
Significantly, in 2020, the installed base of high-quality, high-precision Bühler scales has surpassed 150,000 units operating in the field. The company’s weighing and dosing solutions build on more than 100 years of knowledge. It consistently collects and analyses feedback from this enormous installed base worldwide, which have been It translated into improvements for existing products and feeds them into new platforms and product generations such as Tubex Pro (pictured displayed at Hannover Messe in 2019).
The company’s weighing and dosing systems, which are relevant across the confectionery, bakery and snacks production segments, have benefitted from its latest digital solutions enabled through advanced connectivity and its digital platform, Bühler Insights. This makes weighing solutions crucial for plant improvements, allowing for more yield, more traceability, and better remote support.
“For us, this is only the next step to further enhance the most comprehensive and value driven weighing and dosing products and services in our industry,” explains Johannes Wick, CEO Bühler Grains & Food,” on the company’s continued development. As Confectionery Production has previously covered, the company’s recently formed partnership with Microsoft has enabled considerable development of its performance monitoring capabilities within its equipment ranges.