Tetra Pak and Rockwell Automation have recently announced a strategic business collaboration for Cheese and Powder Solutions. The combined business expertise will deliver data and technology to reduce variability and improve quality consistency, helping 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.
The combination of Tetra Pak’s food application expertise and the leading digital technology of Rockwell Automation will help producers to adapt to fluctuating demand-driven manufacturing far more quickly and more cost effectively.
Pavilion8 driven applications have been shown by Rockwell Automation to deliver possible product quality variability reductions of up to 60 per cent , reductions in off-spec products by up to 75 per cent, improved throughputs up to 9 per cent, and reductions in energy per unit of product up to 9 oer cent. This allows producers to fully optimise their operations – helping them stay competitive while meeting changing market demands.
This business collaboration showcases how a combination of expertise can help customers achieve important business-critical goals, even on a global scale. Tetra Pak can now offer its Evaporation and Spray Drying customers proven Advanced Process Control and Model Predictive Control solutions.
The Powder Plant Booster solution – with complementary Pavilion8 software– is a process modelling, advanced control and optimisation platform that integrates with any control system to continuously provide real-time insight, diagnostics, and advanced control.
Fred Griemsmann, Vice President Cheese & Powder Systems at Tetra Pak says, “The food and drink industry now requires that producers have a level of agility never seen before. This means we must be ready to offer our customers advanced processing control technology that is both flexible and precise. Customers can leverage our food application expertise, have access to production data in real time and adapt their process variables to match requirements – without any loss in quality, productivity, or throughput. This unique collaboration with Rockwell Automation provides the foundation upon which this capability is based.”