ABB is preparing the F&B industry for the digital revolution

2018-09-06 - Advanced industry-leading technologies will support successful implementation of the ‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ roadmap

Today’s food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers are facing challenges in the market, including pressure on margins from volatile commodity prices, changes in consumer demands and regulatory compliance related to food safety. To address these challenges, ABB offers a wide range of digital solutions, under ABB Ability™, to better support the food manufacturing process for its customers. At a customer event titled “Reliable solutions for a sustainable food future” held today, September 5, 2018, at Shangri-La Hotel in Surabaya, ABB demonstrated some of these pioneering technologies.

ABB has been working with a number of leading food and beverage manufacturers in Indonesia. PT Bogasari Flour Mills, one of Indonesia’s largest producers of wheat flour in Surabaya, East Java, has been using ABB’s robots in the palletizing process of its expanded production line to increase food safety and make it more productive and efficient, compared to previous manual operation.

In addition, Olam International, a supplier of food and industrial raw materials, has been installing ABB Ability™ Smart Sensor for motors at its sugar refinery based in Central Java, Indonesia. The pocket-sized smart sensor continuously monitors and checks the status of motors using a smartphone application or web portal. The sensors monitor motors remotely, enabling predictive maintenance, substantially reducing downtime and extending equipment life. Across Asia, the company has invested in nearly 100 smart sensors for their production facilities.

“ABB is strongly committed to help increase the competitiveness of our customers in the manufacturing industry to compete in the global market. With advanced technologies and strong growth in digitalization, these companies can adapt and sustain in this fast, dynamic and competitive market,” said Managing Director of ABB in Indonesia, Michel Burtin.

“This event also showcases ABB’s commitment to support the Indonesian government’s ‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ roadmap which refers to the fourth industrial revolution in manufacturing and industry and the opportunities it holds for Indonesia to become a competitive and successful nation,” he explained. Food and beverage is one among the five priority sectors of the national program.

Based on data from the Indonesia Industry Ministry in 2017, the F&B industry contributes more than 30 percent of the total value of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the non-oil/gas sector. It has also seen significant growth of around 9% last year. Therefore, it is expected that implementation of Industry 4.0 will give a further boost to performance and increase competitiveness of this industry.

“Indonesia will not only continue to see impressive growth in the food and beverage industry but also a growing appetite for digitalization within this industry,” explained Timo Sipila, ABB’s F&B Industry Segment Leader in Indonesia. “ABB is committed to a sustainable food future, supporting improved product quality, enhanced food safety and more efficient use of production assets, through its industry-leading digital solutions.”

The event was attended by F&B industry leaders from Surabaya and presented an exciting line-up of ABB’s integrated technology portfolio for the industry, including a mini exhibition comprising a wide range of reliable solutions to help F&B manufacturers overcome their business challenges throughout the complete production process. ABB’s technology showcase in the exhibition area includes control systems, ABB Ability™ enabled low voltage motor, wash down motor, measurement and analytics products, variable speed drives, robotics, and electrification products.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

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