28.10.2021  |  Strategi & ledelse

Case: Dairy Production Automation Increases Efficiency on a High Scale

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By implementing automation solutions in the food and beverage sector, production facilities can become more resource-efficient thus minimising waste, energy consumption and climate footprint.

When food producers around the world establish new production facilities, there is a particular need to focus on optimal utilisation of scarce resources and high traceability. One solution is to implement an automation solution that can optimise the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) measurement and secure full traceability.

A high-scale optimisation project
The Danish process automation company, Au2mate, develops and delivers high-quality automation solutions in order to optimise processes and minimising waste, energy consumption and climate footprint in the food and beverage sector. Their solutions are designed with a focus on high usability, reliability and optimal utilisation of industry 4.0 technologies.

The solution has resulted in an increase in overall equipment effectiveness of 5%

When the Saudi Arabian company, Almarai – one of the largest integrated dairy food companies in the world – were to extend their production capacity with a new dairy production plant they reached out to Au2mate to deliver a fully automated control and IT solution with SAP integration, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) measurement and full traceability.

Significant improvement of resource effectiveness
The goal for the project was to reduce production line waste and downtime in the processing area and the filling and packaging area while improving performance, resource efficiency and quality. This required a contemporary and future-proof system to optimise production from a cost and resource-saving perspective.

Considering the massive production capacity of the plant, Au2mate’s solution has resulted in an impressive increase in overall equipment effectiveness of 5%.

The successful implementation of the automatic production plant with fully integrated resource planning system has created full transparency of the production site where project instalments included 25 operator stations, 21 barcode scanners, 8 rack servers, 13 PLCs and more.

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