At Microsoft Ignite, September 24-28, Bühler launched MoisturePro, a cloud-based digital service that drives significant improvements in yield and reduces energy costs and the environmental footprint of thermal processing in the food and feed industry.
Harnessing the power of cloud connectivity, it can deliver a return on investment of USD300,000, translating to an annual energy saving of USD20,000. MoisturePro is just one of a suite of digital services available on Bühler Insights. Built on Microsoft’s Azure, Bühler Insights is one of the first cloud platform for the food and feed processing industries.
Bühler is a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials. With MoisturePro, it introduces a new level of customer-partnership that can drive significant efficiency and sustainability improvements in the food and feed processing industry. Following a first phase of testing and successful implementation with customers in the United States, MoisturePro is now a reliable and proven service.
“Leveraging the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud technology we can make our expertise available to our customers at every stage of the drying process and drive real change. The food and feed industries face the challenge of consistently achieving the precise level of moisture control for each of their products to meet requirements. MoisturePro uses Microsoft’s Azure IoT cloud platform technologies to build an intelligent drying solution with real-time, continuous moisture management,” says Paul McKeithan, Bühler’s head of digital services.
As the product is discharged through a chute, data from moisture sensors is relayed to the dryer control software. Control algorithms, developed with the benefit of Bühler’s extensive process knowledge, immediately and continuously adjust production parameters, so that the optimum moisture content is achieved and maintained throughout while ensuring food and feed safety. Real-time data and dynamic reporting show meaningful correlations that support confident decision making.