Changing the food processing industry
The iProcess project for a more sustainable food production and to reduce the amount of the climate emissions, the flexible robotic automation technology will enable to increase raw material utilization, reduce food loss and waste, and to cope with biological variation of raw material from fish to wheat.
The impact of supply uncertainty on supply chain planning processes
Four students at NTNU Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering have in 2017-2018 worked with production planning and how improved information flow can support critical decisions in the iProcess project.
Working together with robots
Three of our researchers in iProcess, Ekrem Misimi, Aleksander Eilertsen and Jonatan S. Dyrstad are visiting the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017) in Vancouver, Canada, this week.
iProcess - case studies
In the iProcess project researchers are working with cases relevant to the industry, and some examples of this is for example cheese ripening using a big data strategy while another is robotic cutting of ham.
iProcess aims to change the food industry
The food industry in Norway prioritizes flexible robotic automation as means to be able to cope with the high biological variation in food raw material and to maximize the raw material utilization. Therefore, expectations towards such solutions are high since it is expected that flexible robotic automation will be able to increase profitability for the food industry in their production operations.
One of the greatest challenges in robotics today is the contact processing of a robot with an object and dexterous handling of compliant objects. This is particularly emphasized when it comes to dealing with handling and grasping in harvesting, post harvesting and processing operations of fragile and compliant food raw materials. The food industry is showing and increased interest for flexible robot based automation solutions that are also suitable for small-scale production volumes. Robotic optimal grasping and imitation of the complex manual dexterity of skilled human operators is therefore a prerequisite to enable a higher uptake of robotic automation in food industry.
iProcess is a groundbreaking project
Dr. Odd Myklebust of SINTEF and NTNU, expert in innovation management, was hired to kick the Kickoff off with an outside perspective, from another industry. Norwegian food production can be among the most profitable in the world – with world class quality. And he is sure iProcess will be an important part of the development of the future Norwegian food industry.