Tech Tool Helps Food Producers Reduce Environmental Impact

by | Apr 1, 2019

(Image courtesy of Tetra Pak)

Tetra Pak recently announced it is developing an energy assessment program in collaboration with ABB to help food and beverage producers lower their environmental impact and cut costs. These solutions are being showcased in the Swedish Pavilion at Hannover Messe 2019 between April 1st and 5th.

The program provides an assessment of the entire plant, helping customers minimize their environmental impact and maximize profitability. Based on this analysis, Tetra Pak provides recommendations for food producers on opportunities to reduce energy consumption and help them make informed decisions about how resources are used in their plants.

Based on pilot projects in the Americas, the program can potentially reduce carbon emissions for food and beverage manufacturing and cut energy cost by between 15% and 25%.

The strategic collaboration will combine ABB Ability digital solutions and Tetra Pak’s experience in food manufacturing, and build on both companies’ global installed base, deep domain and digital transformation expertise.

In May 2018, Tetra Pak announced a similar initiative. The company, which also manufactures separators that are used to separate milk into cream and skim milk, clarify juice by removing particles, treat whey, produce anhydrous milk fat (butter oil) and for other applications, announcedit reduced the energy use of its separators by 40% by incorporating a pressure management technology calledEncapt into the system’s design.

The Encapt technology lowers the atmospheric pressure around the spinning bowl using a low-pressure pump, and the system is supervised by sensors that keep air friction minimal. Less friction means less energy required.

Combined with a unique AirTight design inside the bowl, the whole system is hermetically sealed to ensure no air enters. With the inlet at the bottom and the outlet at the top, it saves the center for outlet flow, and therefore requires less energy. According to Tetra Pak, these two technologies togethermake the machines the most efficient on the market.

The company says this new product can save around 4 million kWh during the machine’s lifespan.

The 4th Annual Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference takes place May 13 – 15, 2019 in Denver. Learn more here.


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