While the trend for large manufacturers is to automate a new plant in its entirety, small and medium-sized food and beverage processors rarely have the funds to automate their plants, turning them into lights-out facilities. Even some tier-one processors may find areas in certain operations where it may not make sense to over-automate.
Valio is the biggest milk production company in Finland, receiving 85 percent of the milk produced in the country. It produces whey powder in Lapinlahti, while its Seinäjoki plant produces milk powder.
You add up the mass of raw materials your facility consumes each day, look at the products it’s made, and the numbers just don’t balance—until you look at skids of rework and a dumpster topped off with the day’s malformed products and/or damaged packages.
Enabling manufacturers to meet EU regulations for food information to consumers, the CSB-System Nutritional Value Management system calculates, identifies and manages all ingredients, nutritional values, allergens and genetically modified ingredients in a production process.