Tetra Pak partners Rockwell Automation to improve quality consistency in cheese and powder solutions

SWITZERLAND – Swedish-Swiss food processing technology company Tetra Pak has partnered with Rockwell Automation to develop technologies aimed at reducing variability and improve quality consistency in cheese and powder solutions.

Under the new partnership, Tetrapak and Rockwell will also work to ensure finished products are produced sustainably and cost-effectively within demand-driven manufacturing environments.

The collaboration – starting with Evaporation and Spray Drying – has resulted in Tetra Pak’s new Powder Plant Booster™ solution, to be packaged with Rockwell Automation’s Model Predictive Control (MPC) and its Pavilion8® and PlantPAx® MPC technology.

Rockwell notes that Pavilion8 driven applications have proven ability to deliver possible product quality variability reductions of up to 60%, reductions in off-spec products by up to 75%, improved throughputs up to 9%, and reductions in energy per unit of product up to 92%.

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According to the company, these reductions allow producers to fully optimise their operations – helping them stay competitive while meeting changing market demands.

Moreover, TetraPak says addition of Rockwell’s technologies to its food processing technologies will help producers to adapt to fluctuating demand-driven manufacturing far more quickly and more cost effectively.

This business collaboration showcases how a combination of expertise can help customers achieve important business-critical goals, even on a global scale.

Thanks to the partnership, Tetra Pak can now offer its Evaporation and Spray Drying customers proven Advanced Process Control and Model Predictive Control solutions that have demonstrated success all around the world.

Earlier, Swiss technology company Bühler Group announced a similar new partnership with leading manufacturer of centrifugally chilled cast iron rolls for the food processing industry Balaguer Rolls from Spain.

Under the partnership, the the two companies will work together in the design and supply of SmartRolls and services of the highest quality standards allowing remote condition and performance monitoring of the rolls.

Just like Tetrapak, Bühler will leverage its new partnership to access the optical roll measurement technology from Balaguer, allowing it to will gradually replace its rollDetect service with the new optical solution.

The company says this arrangement unlocks the opportunity to serve all levels of market requirements, with a better optimized logistics footprint from being closer to its customer base.

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