Food and Biotechnology industry
Modern food production plants such as dairies are quite complex units, which include a lot of automation. Products and production processes must be absolutely clean, which brings special requirements also for automation system and for measurement sensors and valves. Dairy automation is an excellent area of application for digital fieldbuses, in which closely located field instruments can easily be connected to efficient networks. Automated process cleaning with numerous sequence controls is a special topic required only in food industry.
High availability of automation is even more important in food industry than in other industries. There are no storages for the products. The entire production is based on orders. The amount of different products is quite high. Only completely automated processes based on sophisticated recipe controls can guarantee high quality of the products. The same applies also for biotechnology products, such as enzymes, which are manufactured in fermentation reactors.
Continous automation system diagnostics and field equipment condition monitoring are needed in order to avoid serious failures in the production. Production process operation and product tracking can be implemented by collecting all necessary process history data. Process history data also enables easy repeatability of process operations.
|Valio Oy, Oulu Finland||Dairy, milk products|
|Valio Oy, Jyväskylä Finland||Dairy, mil products|
|Valio Oy, Seinäjoki Finland||Dairy, Fat and Milk powder production|
|Osk. Maitomaa, Suonenjoki Finland||Dairy, milk products|
|ROAL Oy, Rajamäki Finland||Enzyme process|
|Genencor Intnl, Hanko Finland||Enzyme process|
|Danisco Sweeteners, Lenzing Austria||Xylose refining|
Valio in Finland aims to ensure its process availability using advanced automation and proactive maintenance.