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From door policy to sustainability policy

A door seems such a simple element in the company building. But a good door contributes to production speed, hygiene, food and personnel safety and sustainability objectives. "These doors provide good climate control."  ..

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Production automation at Zwanenberg Oss

08 May 2018

After Zwanenberg Food Group acquired the Unilever factory in Oss, there was a need for new automation. The current Unilever system had to be replaced quickly. Due to the good experiences other locations had had with the ...

Smart quality managers opt for automation

11 December 2017

More and more companies are replacing their paper-based systems with online ones. Automation is a hotter topic than ever before. And yet, in the food industry, quality departments have so far tended to lag behind. Howeve...

FuiteVeal: automation is not hard

14 November 2017

The Fuite family, which has owned and run a feed mix factory and a milk factory in Genemuiden and Kampen for the past 110 years, has also opened its own slaughterhouse under the FuiteVeal name in Almere. The FOBIS automa...

Prestigious project Ameco completed

14 November 2017

Ameco set itself the ambitious target of building a completely new slaughterhouse within the space of 13 months. By May of this year, the steel framework at the site on the Ecofactorij business park in Apeldoorn was 95% ...

Smart Industry offers countless opportunities

14 November 2017

What every manufacturer ultimately wants is to make customised products with better quality and at lower costs. Recent figures reveal that the food industry is investing heavily in the enabling technologies such as big d...

Blockchain in the food sector

14 November 2017

The term ‘blockchain’ is creating a buzz in the food industry. Some people are enthusiastically claiming that it has the potential to radically change the sector, leading to substantial investment in the technology by ma...

Intelligent robots on the work floor

11 October 2016

Big data, smart industry, IoT, cloud robotics, virtual and augmented reality – none of this is science fiction any more. Aiming to keep it all as simple as possible, this article ‘merely’ explores the trends and developm...

The right information – anywhere, anytime

13 September 2016

It’s like being in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: you can see huge kettles of molten chocolate, nuts are being added to bonbons, chocolate discs are being prettily decorated and packed. The huge diversity of carefull...

Big Data

12 April 2016

Looking to the future Big data: everyone is talking about it and knows that it is important, but what’s the best approach? How should you handle it? Another hot topic is collaboration. It’s essential in so many areas....

Smart Industry: Eat or be (b)eaten!

13 October 2015

The unstoppable rise of digitalisation in combination with new advancements will result in dramatic changes to the global economy over the next decade. In the Netherlands too, this development will lead to a new industri...

New location for Hutten en Zonen

12 May 2015

Hutten en Zonen intends to become the most modern and most sustainable beef slaughterhouse and meat processing company in Europe. The company opened its new production facility in the Dutch town of Heeten in early March ...

User friendly automation solutions

09 September 2014

ReflexSystems has been providing automation systems for the food industry for over 20 years. ReflexSystems was formed in the mid-1990s by a merger between two companies who had already substantially earned their stripes ...

Tools for optimising processes

10 June 2014

‘Trends in automation’ is a very broad topic. It covers traceability, analysis of big data and machines which are ever-better aligned with one another. Tablets are also becoming increasingly commonplace on the factory fl...

3D food printing

10 June 2014

Nowadays, 3D printers can produce shapes using many different kinds of materials. From silver earrings to iPad covers, and from chocolate bars to toys printed from recycled plastic – the list of products that can be 3D p...