SWITZERLAND – Bühler, a global technology company for plant and equipment materials, has improved its food safety and digital solutions with new designs to make foods safer, to save energy, and to prevent waste.

According to the company, the digitalization contributes significantly to its goal of slashing energy consumption and waste in the food chain by 30% by the year 2020.

“One third of all food is wasted or never reaches consumers in the first place,” said Johannes Wick, CEO of the Grains & Food business.

“By applying digital solutions, we are making targeted efforts to make food production more sustainable and safer.”

Bühler is presenting innovations such as sensor technologies for pasta production, predictive maintenance of durum processing systems, or consistent process monitoring based on new sorting technologies.

“With digitalization and the Internet of Things, we are in a position to launch entirely new services enabling our customers to gain greater transparency in their production processes,” added Wick.

At the Ipack Ima trade fair to be held in Milan from May 29 through June 1 this year, Bühler is devoting its exhibits on 1200 square meters to the new possibilities that digitalization offers to the food production industry.

On the basis of innovations such as its newly developed sensor technology for pasta production, Bühler is showing how digital solutions can enhance food safety and cut energy consumption.

“Digitalization is an important driver in our aim to reduce energy consumption and food waste in the production process by 30%,” says Ian Roberts, CTO of Bühler.

Smart automation solutions enable customers to decrease their retracing and monitoring administration requirements from material reception to load-out by as much as 80%.

Bühler is launching its sensor innovation PastaSense at the Ipack Ima 2018.

This solution for the first time offers pasta-makers the opportunity of monitoring the entire process from raw materials to the end product on the basis of sensor technology.

This eliminates the need for costly manual checks.

Fewer manual checks and lower production losses allow the capital investment to be fully paid back within one year.

With its Osiris vertical grinder, Bühler is for the first time presenting at the Ipack Ima a grinder for durum millers which is completely equipped with diamond technology.

This innovation achieves a throughput capacity of up to 12 tonnes of grain per hour.