Tetra Pak and Rockwell Automation collaborate to advance performance for powder manufacturers

Collaboration merges processing solutions with process control architecture.

Tetra Pak and Rockwell Automation has announced a business collaboration for cheese and powder solutions. The combined business expertise will deliver data and technology to reduce variability and improve quality consistency, helping ensure finished products are produced sustainably and cost effectively within demand-driven manufacturing environments.

The collaboration – starting with evaporation and spray drying – has resulted in Tetra Pak’s new Powder Plant Booster solution, to be packaged with Rockwell Automation’s Model Predictive Control (MPC) and its Pavilion8 and PlantPAx MPC technology. The combination of Tetra Pak’s food application expertise and the digital technology of Rockwell Automation will help producers to adapt to fluctuating demand-driven manufacturing quickly and more cost effectively.

Fred Griemsmann, vice-president cheese and powder systems at Tetra Pak, explained: “Customers can leverage our food application expertise, have access to production data in real time, and adapt their process variables to match requirements – without any loss in quality, productivity, or throughput. This collaboration with Rockwell Automation provides the foundation upon which this capability is based.”

The Powder Plant Booster solution – with complementary Pavilion8 software – is a process modelling, advanced control and optimisation platform that integrates with control systems to continuously provide insight, diagnostics, and advanced control. It achieves this by delivering an intelligence layer on top of basic automation systems, which, due to its performance metrics, continuously drives plants towards addressing multiple business objectives.

Matthew Fordenwalt, vice-president and general manager, systems and solutions, Rockwell Automation, concluded: “Rockwell Automation is delighted to build upon a relationship that spans 35 years and collaborate with Tetra Pak, a company that shares our view that deeply understanding customers and their best opportunities for productivity creates value. We believe shared customers insights, coupled with technology and domain expertise, will deliver real value focused outcomes to the industry.”