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Bakery robots take on the heavy work Monotonous and heavy work in the bakery makes it increasingly difficult to find employees. But traditional automation is too costly and inflexible when production only runs for a few hours a day. This project aims to overcome the challenge by installing mobile cobots in Marien bakery that can perform a range of tasks at various workstations. Apart from providing a cost-efficient digital alternative to heavy manual tasks, the improved process control will increase food safety and reduce food waste. It will also generate jobs that are more attractive to bakery operators. The project...
Date: 13/10/2020 - 12:07 | S3FOOD
Sensor integration for traceable milk chains Dairy farms with herds of a 1000 cows or more are becoming increasingly common. Compared to smaller farms, their infrastructure and operational requirements are very different, but they currently lack the appropriate technology to meet these needs. The STORYTELLER solution integrates multiple smart sensor technologies to address the four major problems in this dairy value chain: non-representative sampling; inefficiency and under-utilisation in transport; waste due to human error; and lack of real-time visibility and full digital traceability. By enabling more accurate metering...
Date: 13/10/2020 - 11:50 | S3FOOD
More efficiency, less downtime – through smart data management Resource efficiency and maximum production uptime are top priorities for food manufacturers. Led by Hungarian REACH Solutions, the FEB project aims to support both these goals by validating a smart data management system that is designed to log all events, including errors, warnings and messages, sensor states and drive parameters via logical controllers. Using this data, the system can identify production anomalies, enable root-cause analysis and optimise component usage.If successful, the data management system will increase effective production time from 6...
Date: 13/10/2020 - 10:43 | S3FOOD
Perfect processing needs a digital twin Variations in raw materials and processing parameters are a common challenge in food production, requiring more time and resources to be spent on quality control, food safety and traceability. DT-OptiDry digital twin is designed to overcome these issues by capturing input variability in a virtual environment and simulating the process. In practice, DT-OptiDry will deliver a calibrated system for controlling raw material and processing variability and adapting the process to achieve the desired output. Manufacturers can then reduce uncertainty related to final products, improve...
Date: 13/10/2020 - 09:57 | S3FOOD
Smart vision for well-trimmed sprouts Resource efficiency and quality control are key priorities for food processors. Using sensor-integrated visual inspection and sorting, SmartSprout intends to optimise both – reducing waste and manual labour and generating reliable data to secure consistent food quality and traceability. This validation project will apply smart vision technology to the trimming of brussels sprouts. Using a solution based on a ‘sproutcam’, sorting carrousel and trimming machine, the objective is to minimise food waste, ensure uniform quality and increase processing capacity with less labour requirements...
Date: 13/10/2020 - 09:28 | S3FOOD
Smart metal detection for high milk safety The BioMim project aims to design and manufacture an interferometric biosensor for the detection of copper and lead in milk. If successful, this project would be the first step towards a disruptive approach to real-time monitoring of food safety. Although the current methods available are effective, they are expensive and complex and require samples to be sent for laboratory analysis. The whole dairy value chain from farmers to consumers will benefit from the results. Farmers will gain information about contaminants in milk and the presence of micronutrients. Dairy companies will...
Date: 13/10/2020 - 09:23 | S3FOOD
LIFE-FLAREX project, led by AEI TÈXTILS, the Catalan Technical Textiles’ Cluster, run from July 2017 to June 2020. The main objective of the project was the mitigation of the environmental and health impacts caused by hazardous compounds resulting from halogenated-, antimony- and formaldehyde- containing Flame Retardants textile finishing products on European ecosystems, by analyzing the best available textile finishing products and implementing those innovative technologies for FR applications in the interior textile contracting. Now, after the closure of the project, the consortium is pleased to inform about the...
Date: 13/10/2020 - 06:30 | LIFE-FLAREX
Atomizer dryer Duration: 18 September 2019 / 18 March 2020 Summary: DBH has developed a new Carbon Dioxide Assisted Spray Nebulization Drying Technology (CASND), that is capable to dry and nano/micronize thermolabile or biological active materials maintaining their native state or characteristics. The currently used spray drying technique operates at much higher temperatures (160⁰C at least) in comparison to CASND which operates at 45 – 60⁰C. Moreover, its features are better than lyophilization because it is a continuous operating technology. As the particular market segments (especially the cosmetic and pharma) demand...
Date: 09/10/2020 - 15:51 | Value-added Innovation in fooD chAins (VIDA)
CLUSTER4SMART ACKNOWLEDGED "GOOD PRACTICE" AN IMPORTANT RECOGNITION The Cluster4Smart consortium is proud and honoured of the label “Bonne pratique” (Good practice) attributed by the Erasmus+ Agency acknowledging the high quality of the project and of its training course! The Cluster4Smart project, coordinated by SCS Cluster , ended in May 2020 and aimed at providing the European clusters’ managers and staff with training contents preparing them to the challenges of Industry 4.0 and to advise their members in this context. For this matter, a consortium of partners joined successfully their forces linking the reality of...
Date: 09/10/2020 - 14:20 | Cluster4Smart
Last September 22nd, Go2Space-HUBs celebrated the virtual welcome to the first edition (from September to December 2020) of its Acceleration Program , with teams, start-ups, coordinators, mentors and trainers. Virgilio Díaz , Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support Service, Emma Crespo , Head of Entrepreneurship & Business Development of the UC3M, and Gemma Villegas , HUB Madrid Coordinator, welcome the participants and gave a first introduction to the program. You can watch the video of the session in the following link: https://youtu.be/G9fqYO68TqY Meet some of our participants: Do you want to be...
Date: 09/10/2020 - 09:40 | Go2Space-HUBs

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