Automation and Digitalization at the Forefront of Anuga FoodTec 2021

The next Anuga FoodTec, one of the most important international supplier trade fairs of the food and beverage industry, will take place March 23 – 26, 2021 in Cologne, Germany. With its two new segments ‘Digitalization’ and ‘Automation’, Anuga FoodTec 2021 is aiming to create a compact platform for two of the industry’s top themes and will demonstrate how the digital transformation can be implemented today and in the future. In accordance with the high relevance of the topics within the industry, the event program of Anuga FoodTec 2021 also addresses themes that go hand in hand with digitalization and automation. Among others, lectures on “Digital Factory”, “SmartTec 4Food” and “Integrating existing machines” are planned (subject to changes), organizers Koelnmesse say.

The complexity is increasing within the food and beverage industry, and the demands placed on the companies are correspondingly high. It is, therefore, more important than ever to find innovative packing and sustainability solutions for a cost-saving, highly-frequented production while at the same time meeting the consumer’s increased expectations in terms of variety. Automation and digitalization are here just two interlinked technologies that make a significant contribution across the entire value chain.

Automation is present in many places but is by no means a fixed part of the food and beverage industry in every business. Innovative automation systems are useful hereby and in some cases applications that are necessary for increasing revenue, improving productivity, minimizing safety risks, optimizing resource management, or minimizing error rates or improving the capacity of machines and systems. At Anuga FoodTec 2021 many ‘Automation’ ideas and solutions will be covered in breadth and depth that is hitherto unknown. Thanks to the digitalization, automated processes can be linked with each other. Accordingly, a multitude of companies, which supply the so-called OEMs, original equipment manufacturers with digitalization and automation solutions, will be exhibiting in the ‘Digitalization’ product segment. Blockchain, big data, cloud services, Industry 4.0, RFID, cybersecurity, M2M communication, artificial intelligence, VR/AR, ‘digital twins’ are just a few of the many examples that will be shown in action at Anuga FoodTec.

Safety and legal challenges that go hand in hand with an increased digitalization are also themes that will be dealt with at Anuga FoodTec 2021. Hence, the visitors will be offered an extensive offer of complete solutions as well as modular and cross-process elements from the digitalization and automation section of the food and beverage industry and thus also a comprehensive insight into how the digital transformation can be realized in concrete terms, how processes can be interlinked even further, but also which challenges it involves and how these can be solved.

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