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Confectionary manufacturing

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Providing solutions to ensure bakeries and confectioneries run smoothly

From receiving raw ingredients to shipping the finished product, bakery and confectionary manufacturers require seamless, uninterrupted production process tools. In today’s market, the demand for product diversity is increasing while the expectation for quality foods has never been higher. Digitalization can help to create consistent and efficient automation from field level to ERP. When efficiency is high, production costs are low.

Siemens offers an array of solutions to make production control smooth sailing from beginning to end. That is why a leading manufacturer of confections chose Siemens to upgrade its plant operating systems. Through a single-process controller and plant-wide data transparency, the company was able to increase process efficiency, support new growth, and allow local maintenance, implementation, and support. Read the case study detailing their progress below.

Confections process controller case study
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Video highlights

Bakery & confectionary solutions in practice

Find out more about the specific solutions from Siemens for bakeries and confectionaries. See the major benefits offered by digitalization.

Watch how Queen City Candy Company went from buyer, packager, and reseller to full-time candy manufacturer.

Digital Enterprise

The comprehensive approach to optimize the entire value chain

The Digital Enterprise enables manufacturing companies to streamline and digitalize their entire business process, seamlessly integrating suppliers into the mix. They can begin at any point of their value chain, from product design to service, and can extend digitalization gradually, depending on their current needs.

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Siemens offers the right solution for each step in the production process.

The production process in detail

 

The first phase comprises the digital design of new bakery products. The SIMATIC IT R&D Suite flexibly supports formulation and enables simulations to optimize recipes in a virtual environment. At the same time the new product is being validated to comply with all regulation. The packaging and labeling are also developed and tested in a fully virtual environment with Teamcenter NX.

 

The second phase starts with the digital planning of the production line wit Line Designer and validating the production capacities for bakeries with Plant Simulation. This enables to exercise different what-if scenarios and to design the optimal production line.

 

The Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal) can quickly, flexibly, and efficiently handle the mechanical, electrical, and automation design. Integrated workflows increase the engineering efficiency for the production process as well as for packaging.

 

The production phase is the longest phase in the entire lifecycle of a plant. Most of the data is generated during this stage. This information is needed to ensure that the plant is always operated in the optimal range and to make the best business decisions. This requires the complete transparency and availability of this data across all corporate hierarchies. SIMATIC IT acts as a bridge to the actual production process, which is optimized continuously. This provides for the consistent exchange of data between the ERP system and production.

 

 

 

 

Specific apps based on MindSphere, the cloud-based open IoT operating system, can help to continuously improve production. This facilitates entirely new possibilities, such as predictive, preventive, and corrective maintenance concepts that offer real added value through greater plant availability.   

 

 

Industry Services for Bakery products and Confectionary

Siemens offers services that increase the availability and efficiency of Bakery and Confectionary plants. Various services improve the system transparency and help to detect defects on electrical and mechanical components before they occur. They help to reduce energy and maintenance costs - you can schedule maintenance at the right time within the production cycle.
 

Energy Analytics can tell you where and why you are wasting energy, as well as advice you on what measures you can take to reduce the energy consumption.

Benefits:

  • Cloud-based service requires minimal amount of your own resources
  • Data analytics and energy expert know-how provide insights on existing energy saving potentials
  • Cost savings of up to 15% are possible by reducing energy consumption

Industrial Network Validation helps to find hidden network problems before bigger production ussues occur. Additionally you get transparency about the potential network availability and your network is future-proof for Industry 4.0 challenges.

Benefits:

  • Detection of weak points in the design, installation and data communication of the network
  • Disclosure of network communication reserves for future extensions 
  • Recommendations for optimizing the network and the connected components

Migration of “mature” long-serving Automation Systems will prolong the life of your machines and increase  productivity at reasonable costs!

Benefits:

  • Higher productivity and production output with fewer unplanned shutdowns 
  • Lower life cycle costs, e.g. maintenance and spare parts  costs
  • Fit for the future due to SIMATIC Products with Open system architecture and unified Interfaces

Industrial Security Services help to protect plants, systems, machines and networks against cyber threats, it is necessary to implement – and continuously maintain – a holistic, state-of-the-art industrial security concept. 

Benefits:

  • In-depth understanding of current security status
  • List of proposed measures with budget estimation for realization
  • Machines are hardened against unwanted changes
  • Unwanted changes are stopped
  • Logging & notification of change attempts in a central dashboard

Modern production requires fast support and professional trouble-shooting to reduce production losses and ensure high reliability and availability.

Benefits:

  • Defined response and on-site time
  • Increase of machine availability
  • Reliable planning
  • Asset reduction on stock and cost reduction
  • Planning ability and cost transparency

Case Studies

Helping our partners find success

Many of our products and solutions are already being successfully used in the bakery and confectionary industries. Below is a selection of these applications.

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