Industry 4.0 is a powerful wave bringing lots of innovation and improvements to a great deal of economic sectors. Then how about a sector which concerns pretty much everyone – the Food & Beverage sector? What are the specificities of Industry 4.0 technology used within the Food & Beverage sector? We took this question to Mr. Antonio Cataldi, Area Manager of Siemens SCE and this is what he shared with us:
«From a technical point of view, the technologies specific to Advanced Manufacturing in the Food and beverage are the same used in other production sectors. There are no particular products, but specific solutions designed accordingly to the needs of each company».
Let’s take a wine-producing company: «The same technological product allows to follow the different stages of production: from the vineyard, to the vinification process, to the bottling. In each of these environments, data is collected – soil conditions, temperature, humidity, parasites, etc. – and thanks to this data, production is adjusted. In wine production, it is possible to calculate the reaction of a vine to the weather, control the growth of the grapes or the reactions in the winemaking process. The power of Industry 4.0 enabling technologies is that the data enabling these actions are collected in the same way, whether you are in a vineyard or in a steel factory. The tools are the same, only the environments and the sensors change».
«In short, Big Data is the goal, it is the data from which analyses are carried out and strategies are designed; the Internet of Things is the bridge, the gateway that collects data from the various worlds, while Machine Learning allows the machine to adapt to production requirements on the basis of the data. Cybersecurity, lastly, is everything that allows using these 4.0 technologies safely for the company».
One of project DTAM’s goals is to exploit Industry 4.0 technologies such as Big Data and Machine Learning to help workers and students excel in their Advanced manufacturing career. Stay tuned to learn more about that in the coming months.
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