Industry 4.0 is becoming increasingly important in the food industry as it helps businesses stay on top of data management, it increases productivity and it limits product waste.
The iba Munich baking and snack trade fair shows businesses how they can stay on top of the latest technology, and keep up with competitors, by getting on board with industry 4.0.
Industry 4.0, which originated in Germany, combines automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.
It encompasses the Internet of Things and cloud computing, among other things, and it is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution.
At iba, companies that create machinery, equipment and cloud solutions, are showcasing how this revolution fits into the food sector – in particular the baking and snack sector.
Exhibitors include Nord Drive Systems, which caters to the baking, fish, meat and dairy industries.
Nord drive units can be controlled individually, for example to regulate kneading and conveyor speeds and to prevent blockages.
The Bosch packaging technology division is also displaying its equipment, which uses the latest technology to provide businesses with a productive and scalable system.
A common theme in the food industry is seeing companies, such as Bosch, offering a full service that allows businesses to buy from one supplier.
This allows businesses to use one company from processing to a finished product, as well as supplying businesses with training on how to use the equipment and ongoing support.
With tighter deadlines, and pressure from clients to supply a product quickly and at a good quality, industry 4.0 and single-source companies, are making their mark in the food and beverage industry.
Iba, held from the 15th to 20th of September, also offers people an insight into industry 4.0 and digitisation through numerous forums.
These include a forum on the need for digitisation as consumers want to pay quickly and easily when buying products. Christian Rau, head of core products for Germany and Switzerland at Mastercard, will talk about how businesses can get on board with the digital world to cater to the busy consumer.
Data management is also being discussed by speakers such as Martin Kreitzberg, from Brixxbox, who will talk about how to use data effectively.
With so much data being collected by companies, Kreitzberg will talk about how to achieve fast results and selecting only the necessary data.