THE BÜHLER NETWORKING DAYS
THE BÜHLER NETWORKING DAYS
Johannes Wick, CEO Grains & Food, Bühler Group
ühler and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, two experts in the areas of the Internet of Things and food process technology, are joining forces. The companies have decided to expand their research and development partnership. Contractual proceedings to form a commercial partnership were completed on August 22, 2016 at the occasion of the Bühler Networking Days.
The cooperation provides great opportunities to leverage Bosch know-how in electronics, sensor technology and software for the food processing industry. The two companies successfully cooperated in a two-year research project to integrate cutting-edge Bosch microelectro-mechanical systems sensors into food production technology. The results are very promising: Individual rolls in rotating machines can now be equipped with wireless sensors to measure in real time temperature and vibration during the production process. This allows monitoring and optimization of the end product through better alignment of the rolls. Operators also benefit from predictive maintenance services, reducing down-time and operating costs. First applications from this intensified cooperation will be launched in 2017. “Following our successful R&D partnership, we are pleased to take the next step to form a commercial partnership. We are excited to utilise this partnership to create process solutions and services that improve yield and performance at reduced operating costs for our customers,” stated Johannes Wick, CEO Grains & Food at Bühler. Thorsten Müller, CEO of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions says, “We are not only optimizing our own worldwide manufacturing base, we are also actively seeking to work with partners like Bühler to build a value creation network beyond company boundaries and turn Industry 4.0 into reality.” 58 | September 2016 - Milling and Grain
750 millers who provide food to 4 billion people daily met in Uzwil, Switzerland, to assess their industry's future direction
Stefan Scheiber, CEO of the Bühler Group
ow to feed nine billion people healthily and sustainabily? Bühler addressed this challenge, together with key customers, scientists and partners at its first Networking Days in late August in Uzwil, Switzerland.
“We take the responsibility of the food and feed industry for a sustainable world very seriously. It is time to step up and make a difference,” says Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group. Around 65 percent of global water consumption and 25 percent of all energy use is related to food and feed production. The world population is still growing and more than 30 percent of all food is wasted. Developed countries suffer from obesity while an estimated 840 million people suffer hunger. Feeding over nine billion by 2050 healthily and sustainably poses a huge challenge for the agricultural systems and the entire food industry. Furthermore, even today’s production of animal protein is not sustainable. Only 40 percent of vegetable proteins land on our plates, with the rest ending up in the stomachs of livestock or as food waste. Despite all efforts and political climate agreements, no turnaround to a sustainable economic set-up and grain value chain has been achieved so far. “It’s time now that the private industry steps up and makes a difference,” says Mr Scheiber. Bühler has made the commitment to address this challenge globally, with its key customers and partners at its newly established ‘Bühler Networking Days’, where around 750 leaders from industry and science are discussing megatrends that are shaping the grain-processing industry: nutritional trends, sustainability, food and feed safety, and the Internet of Things (IoT).