Food: Product and Process Design

Smart Factory in Food Processing

Integrated course, 5.00 ECTS


Course content

Introduction and basic terminology of "Smart Production" and application to food topics.
Basic terminology, methods and application options of typical electronic and mechanic elements, digitalization and integration of production units and operations.
New strategies for automation in smart production.
Application of innovative technologies and services for start-up and support of production.
Exercises in laboratory and technology center, excursion to suitable industrial operation.
Company case study in a promising field of operation.

Learning outcomes

Participants gain basic knowledge on the application of "smart production" or "internet of things" technologies and concepts to design flexible, mobile, connected production systems with a focus on small scale useable on farms and in food start-ups.
Participants are able to integrate this knowledge along the food chain in order to enable diverse models of cooperation for the sustainable supply of urban food systems from regional and small scale farming.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Selwyn Piramuthu: RFID and Sensor Network Automation in the Food Industry: Ensuring Quality and Safety through Supply Chain Visibility, 2016
D. Caldwell: Robotics and Automation in the Food Industry
C. A. Moore: Automation in the Food Industry
K. P. Sandeep: Thermal Processing of Foods: Control and Automation, 2011
Food and Bioprocess Technology
Journal of Rapid Methods & Automation in Microbiology - Wiley Online
International Journal of Control, Automation and Systems - Springer
Journal of Food Engineering?

Mode of delivery

Integrated Course

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Engineering courses 1. to 3. semester

Assessment methods and criteria

Module Exam