CSB wins silver medal at the International FoodTec Award

19.01.2018 | author: Timo Schaffrath

CSB receives the silver medal of the International FoodTec Award for an innovative logistics solution from Dutch meat producer ProMessa. The solution made it possible to automate intralogistics and the supply chain, thus noticeably increasing freshness, efficiency and performance. The award is regarded as the leading award for international food technology. The award ceremony will take place on 20 March 2018 at Anuga FoodTec, the leading global trade fair for food and beverage technology, which takes place in Cologne.

With this award, the international panel of experts particularly honors the innovative approach to the solution, which was jointly developed by CSB-System AG and CSB-Automation AG: The entire intralogistics process is controlled and monitored by software, including three automatic crate warehouses for empties, large and small quantities, four integrated price labeling and picking sorter lines, an automatic dispatch warehouse and conveyor technology. Large-area gantry robots are also used, a technology that has so far been rarely used in the food industry. Overall, the software ensures more efficient use of storage and conveyor technology.

Specifically, the logistical process at the ProMessa plant in Deventer is as follows: Coming from production, the products are fully automatically distributed to the two warehouses in internal containers with individual identification. Small quantities of items are transported into a single storage space, fast-moving articles into an innovative area gantry robot warehouse. From these warehouses, which act as intermediate buffers before labeling and picking, the containers are transported to the four weigh-price labeling lines with connected goods-to-man picking sorters. Customer-specific labeling and picking are carried out in one step. IT considerably simplifies the processing of orders by carrying out a so-called "case calculation" for each batch before picking: This way, each customer order is divided into pre-calculated, filling ratio-optimized customer mixed containers. The required quantities are then optimally distributed to the four weigh-price labeling and sorting lines via IT order management. As a result, the largest possible quantity per item can be processed on all systems. The connected dispatch warehouse collects the shipping containers into customer stacks as a large-area gantry robot warehouse. All of this is done on a route-optimized basis, also separated from all upstream processes throughout the day.

Smart Food Factory becomes reality


In keeping with the Smart Factory's philosophy, the IT system links the entire process chain into a powerful overall solution: from procurement to production, interim storage and picking to dispatch. "The software thus assumes the function of a central nervous system. This way, the project demonstrates that the desire for a high degree of automation can be achieved through digital business processes. ProMessa is already in a position to realize a batch size of 1 at the very lowest logistics costs," says Max Studer, Managing Director of CSB-Automation AG, which was primarily responsible for the project in the CSB Group and was awarded the award.

Output has also doubled from 50,000 packs to over 100,000 packs per day with the same number of employees. Further economic advantages arise in the field of warehousing. Thanks to the use of the new intralogistics system, ProMessa can now respond even faster to repeat orders without having to build up a large stock. This has a positive effect on capital employed and increases cash flow. "In the past, we used to have a much higher proportion of buffered goods that we had to have on stock. Thanks to the speed of our logistics system, we now only buffer pre-packaged and unlabeled goods for one day," says ProMessa Managing Director Harold Rouweler. This means that daily delivery to customers is possible even with a very short order lead time - delivery performance is over 99 percent. "We are very pleased that we have been able to help achieve such a productivity boost for a long-standing customer with our solutions. It shows that automation and information technology are key factors in the food industry. And when all components work together perfectly, we will come a big step closer to the Smart Factory," says Dr. Peter Schimitzek, CEO of CSB-System AG.

For the CSB Group, the International FoodTec Award is the third award within two years: In October 2016, the CSB-System was named ERP-System of the Year in the category Food, and in May 2016, the company received the Butchery Technology Award for its image processing solution CSB-Vision.

Leading international food technology award


With the International FoodTec Award, the German Agricultural Society and its partners have been honoring pioneering developments in innovation, sustainability and efficiency in the field of food technology since 1994. An international jury of experts from the fields of research and education, as well as representatives from corresponding practical fields, select the most advanced concepts.  The renowned technology award is presented in the form of gold and silver medals every three years by DLG in cooperation with trade and media partners at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne. A gold medal is awarded to products with a new conception, in which the function has changed significantly and the use of a new process or a known process has been considerably improved. Silver medals are awarded to products that have been developed in such a way as to achieve a substantial improvement in function or process.

The jury of this year's International FoodTec Awards consists of Dr. ir. C.D. Kees de Gooijer, Prof. Dr. Antonio Delgado, Prof. Dr. Michael Doßmann, Prof. Dr. Michael Gänzle, Prof. Dr. Tilo Hühn, Prof. Dr. Henry Jäger, Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Kolesnov, Professor Dr. Horst-Christian Langowski, Prof. Dr. Helmy Omran, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heike P. Schuchmann, Prof. Dr. Achim Stiebing and Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Jochen Weiss.

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