CARY, NORTH CAROLINA, U.S.  — Bühler Aeroglide has launched a Digital Service Group to help customers use big data flows to reach processing efficiency.

Customers will have access to data analytics from full time, real-time process monitoring, said Paul McKeithan, head of Digital Services.

“We can help them act on information quickly and effectively, in ways that impact every aspect of business,” he said.

Bühler offers a dedicated team, with products and services that include hardware, software, cloud-based storage and ongoing process expertise — based on algorithms from decades of thermal processing experience.

“In today’s competitive marketplace, with economic and environmental conditions constantly changing, sustainable processing is aimed at meeting present needs without compromising future viability,” McKeithan said. “It’s not just our corporate responsibility, sustainability directly relates to efficiency, minimizing waste, finding cost-savings and new profitability. Our Digital Services Group gives customers the integrated operational connectivity they need to ensure business success.”

In an increasingly connected digital world, seamless monitoring of end-to-end processing ensures consistency in product, efficient energy use and safe food production, Bühler Aeroglide said. With data analytics that track and measure operational success, customers can make real time business decisions that impact the bottom line.

Bühler Aeroglide’s total industrial internet of things (IIoT) solution consists of intuitive analytics with products that answer real-time customer needs.

For reliable moisture control, continuously monitoring and controlling moisture content of a product exiting the dryer means adjustments can be made immediately when needed. For food safety, process monitoring with sensor-based technology gives users access to real-time log reduction data based on parameter sensors that send information to a program modelled to a particular process.

Should a process change occur, the user is alerted so that the process can be stopped or diverted. For segments of the food and feed industries that rely on drying or roasting equipment for a kill step, this is a valuable solution for food safety validation.