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Q&A
ROMAN
with
Sonderegger
Head of Bühler's wheat and
rye business unit discusses
the future of flour milling
by Arvin Donley
D
igitization is revolutionizing the flour milling
industry in a variety of ways. Its impact includes
improving product quality, reducing the
amount of manpower needed to operate mills, optimizing
the milling process and providing almost unlimited
amounts of data for millers to analyze.
One of the companies at the forefront of this revolution
is Swiss-based Bühler AG, which proudly notes that
" 2 billion people each day enjoy foods produced on
Bühler equipment. " That includes state-of-the-art flour
milling equipment, which is perhaps what the company,
which was founded in 1860, has been best known
for over the years. World Grain recently interviewed
Roman Sonderegger, head of Bühler's wheat and rye
business unit, to discuss the technological trends taking
place in flour milling and how they will impact the
industry in the coming years.
WG: In what ways is digitization revolutionizing the
milling industry?
Sonderegger: The digital transformation is impacting
our industry in multiple ways. It is driving process
optimization, ensuring quality, the usage of less resources
and the achievement of higher productivity. In
the short term, thanks to this transformation, we will
provide more assistance to our customers: With more
facts available, operators, millers and decision-makers
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can make more informed decisions. In the mid-term,
repetitive tasks will be replaced by systems. The teams
will focus on more value-adding tasks while the systems
take care of a smooth-running operation. In addition,
automatic communication over the value chain
will be standard and information will be shared mainly
in a digital manner.
WG: Traceability has become essential in food processing.
To what extent has traceability become relevant
in the flour milling industry and what technologies
are used to achieve it?
Sonderegger: Three main elements have always
been highly relevant in food production. Consumers
want their food to be safe, of the right quality, and affordable.
What has changed over the centuries is how
this is achieved. Ultimately, the digitalization of the
food industry is just the latest tool with which we can
achieve these goals. While quality and safety still underpin
all aspects of food processing, today's challenges
for food producers also revolve around the highly
competitive and complex nature of the industry they
operate in. There are several key elements available
helping to tackle those challenges. An important pillar
is a plant automation system - such as Bühler's
Mercury MES (Manufacturing Execution System),
a well-organized interface and central database, with
September 2021 / World Grain / World-Grain.com
Photo courtesy of Bühler
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