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Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 in the Food Industry

The Partnership smartFoodTechnology OWL uses the potentials of Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 technology to link up the until now separate systems of the food industry, creating  integrated value-added and production chains.

Through newly-developed product and production approaches it should be possible to improve the quality and product safety of food products as well as strengthening the sustainability and profitability of the production processes. Further aims are:

  • To increase the transparency for the consumer
  • To increase the competitiveness of the food industry

The same applies to the food market, where new services and business models such as online trading are already at present being created.

An Alliance for Innovation
The Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (OWL UAS) creates an alliance for innovation in the areas of food production, quality, safety, distribution and sustainability, together with partners from industry, the trades,retailing and further research institutions. This is achieved through the combination of Industry 4.0 expertise and the food technology know-how of the University of Applied Sciences and partners. The aim is to establish a long term field of excellence in the area of “Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 in the food industry”. This will give innovation impulses into the region and beyond.

Support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

smartFoodTechnology OWL will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research through the funding scheme “Research at Universities of Applied Sciences: FH-Impuls”,  during the period  January 2017 -  December 2020.

The subject of the partnership smartFoodTechnology OWL also has received great recognition in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). The Ministry of Innovation, Higher Education and Research of NRW is supporting the initiative with a further 280,000 EUR over the four year set-up phase until 2020.