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Please find numerous articles, product news and interesting event reports relevant to the food industry in this latest issue. This trade magazine is published in English only.

Processing Trade Fair

Processing Trade Fair Restart at ProSweets: Confectionery Solutions For many years, Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen GmbH (WDS) has been a regular exhibitor at the industry’s leading international trade fairs. This made it all the more gratifying when, after two years, ProSweets Cologne 2022 opened its doors to industry experts once again on January 30, 2022. “From the very beginning, being close to the customer has been one of the most important instruments for communicating and explaining our technical innovations without ‘friction losses’. It also helps us to recognize changing market requirements and new trends,” says Rainer Runkel, Managing Director of WDS. New markets, new machines, new products WDS presented itself at ProSweets with several key topics. With its self-image as a solution partner for confectionery manufacturers, the WDS Technical Centre offers customers a full range of services to turn a product idea into a successful product launch. This includes, among other things, the latest depositor sections, which use innovative depositing processes to enable product developments that were unthinkable just a few years ago. The company also addressed the constantly growing market for OTC confectionery at ProSweets, focusing in particular on the trend-setting utilisation of technologies and benefits of chocolate plants for the production of gum and jelly. The WDS plants ConfecECO, ConfecPRO and ConfecVARIO can produce jelly products in polycarbonate moulds. The process is modern and particularly hygienic. It’s also highly efficient and, because the products are demoulded regimented, it’s ideal for further product treatment. Under the motto “activate your candy”, WDS highlighted its label sweetOTC, demonstrating how WDS customers successfully open up new growth markets with OTC confectionery. “We support our customers from the idea to the finished product,” explains Ralf Hübner, Sales Manager at WDS, “which means from product development to customised production processes, exact dosing to perfect, hygienic and GMP-compliant production with our plants.” For the OTC confectionery market, WDS optimizes established plant technologies and develops them further with careful consideration of customer requirements and applicable regulations. Two plant types in particular lend themselves to the series production of OTC confectionery. “The ConfecECO gives our customers the right tool to start series production. With three expansion stages, this plant type can produce filled and solid chocolate and gum & jelly products, with and without ingredients, in a small to medium output quantity. We developed the ConfecPRO plant for those who want to produce the same product on a large scale – in this case we’re looking at a high to very high production capacity,” says Ralf Hübner. Customized production lines for every need Industry visitors at the WDS trade fair stand also had the opportunity to find out about other WDS plant types and services via large-format monitors. This included, for example, the innovative ConfecVARIO machine concept. ConfecVARIO plants can produce a wide range of chocolate and jelly products in a chainless plant with an innovative transport system. WDS has implemented a generation change for many plant types, allowing customers to choose from an interesting product range of modern plant types for gum, jelly and chocolate that set new standards in efficiency, hygiene and product handling. As Rainer Runkel, Managing Director of WDS, puts it: “These new and continued developments resulted, among other things, from the findings we made based on our close proximity to our customers and the market. There has been a shift in demand from large-capacity plants for specific products to flexible, modular, future-oriented plants that can be adapted to specific products at a later date.” At your side for the entire life of the machine Many industry visitors at ProSweets took the opportunity to learn more about the new digital WDS service “LifeCycleCare”. “With our LifeCycleCare service concept, we offer our customers real added value in the area of digital service and remote maintenance and are at their side for the entire life of the machine, especially after purchasing a new machine,” explains Service Manager Matthias Triesch. The innovative service concept encompasses 30

Processing remote maintenance services from commissioning to troubleshooting and production optimization. Customers benefit from the constantly available WDS expert network, fast, preparation-free digital support with the Hearbeat function and the highest, certified security standards for remote services with encryption and regulated responsibilities. As an additional digital service, WDS also presented itself as a partner of the new, pioneering SweetConnect platform. Several manufacturers in the confectionery industry have joined forces to develop a comprehensive industry platform for the centralized control and monitoring of entire production lines. fmt ERP Solution Adds Value to Ham Production IT solutions from CSB-System have brought digitalization to ‘a new level’ at the Spanish ham factories of international Swiss food company Bell Food Group. The production facilities in the Spanish ham regions of Extremadura and Castile-La Mancha have been brought to an entirely new efficiency level over the past few months. Until recently, redundant work steps and incomplete information were substantial cost drivers. One of the most important requirements of the Bell Food Group was therefore to change from a paperbased data capture execution to a digital information flow in areas such as the processing of recipes, purchase orders, and traceability. For example, at its factory south-west of Madrid, which has a production capacity of 5,000 tons of raw ham including the popular “Jamon Ibérico”, up to one million hams can be hanging in the warehouses for drying and aging; and with different breeds of pigs processed in different types of ham and having different curing and aging times depending on the quality and the designated certification, the implementation of traditional methods on a large scale and in an industrial environment can be challenging. and data are available in a single system across the entire process so that stocktaking is accomplished with a mouse-click – just like checking revenues.” “The quick availability of information in the ERP enables us to act much quicker,” confirms Peter Ettrich, who is responsible for the CSB applications at 19 Bell factories all over Europe and was the overall project manager for the project in Spain. In labelling, Bell Food Group has also seen rapid progress thanks to the reduction of errors. The installation of a ham grading system has advanced the integration of software and hardware. In addition, ERP has generated added value by optimizing order picking, with digital information replacing paper forms. The use of hand-held devices not only accelerates processes, but also reduces errors and, consequently, necessary rework. Overall, the project has been a huge success and helped Bell Spain to overcome problems in the production processes by means of technology – an achievement that was only possible, as Friedli emphasises, because the IT team and the consultants at Bell Spain devoted a lot of time to it. “We have intensively investigated the steps in production, the type of reports required by the company, and the best ways for generating useful data from the various steps of the production cycle,” he says. Friedli believes that the company’s IT consultants need to be proficient in two worlds – both IT itself and also food processing. “We are all in the same boat,” he points out. “It is therefore important to have a common understanding of the processes in food production. A mere IT specialist without extensive industry expertise could do little to get us forward. The CSB project team has brought the digitalization at our ham factories to a new level.” fmt “In the past, the facility did not really have an exact, comprehensive overview of the production process,” explains Sven Friedli, Bell Food Group’s Chief Information Officer. “For stocktaking, for example, it took weeks to count all hams. Now, we have introduced an integrated supply chain solution that tracks the entire process, from the purchasing of the pigs up to the sale of the ham. All information food Marketing & Technology • February 2022 31

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