TotalSense IoT innovation to transform the world of rice

Published: 23-Nov-2017

The Bühler Group introduces the new digital rice analyser TotalSense, which enables the reduction of costs, improvement of yield and improvement of quality for rice processors

This innovation is part of Bühler’s digitalisation initiative featuring a number of new solutions that leverage the power of the internet of things (IoT) with increased customer value.

Digitalisation has arrived in full force, changing many aspects of our private and professional lives. Bühler is implementing a digitalisation strategy to lead the industry and create innovative solutions with high value for its customers.

“We are positioning ourselves at the forefront of this accelerated transformation. Digitalisation can bring consumers and producers closer together and increases performance, efficiency and quality,” said Stefan Scheiber, CEO of the Bühler Group.

Rice farmers often manually measure and inspect rice grains to ensure they meet preset size and other parameters. This process can be slow, subjective and prone to errors.

To improve this situation, Bühler has developed TotalSense. This mobile rice analyser speeds up the quality process and introduces objective and traceable data through the use of the IoT and cloud technology.

The mobile rice analyser delivers reports on quality within minutes by uploading a picture of a sample to a cloud-based solution. As a result, rice farmers save precious time and benefit from an early warning system that prevents the contamination of entire batches.

The value of IoT is particularly evident for food safety. Reputation damage of food producers from food fraud or recalls is incalculable.

Bühler has therefore introduced a food safety alert system designed to mitigate these risks by combining food safety databases and early warning systems under one coherent, cloud-based solution.

“Now we have the opportunity to connect with our partners, flagging risks but also giving insights on potential solutions,” said Béatrice Conde-Petit, Bühler’s Food Safety Officer.

This digital service is in its final development stage and will soon be available.

With AnywarePro, Bühler introduced a solution that analyses, filters and transmits critical data on machine performance, tolerance levels. It also sorts criteria in real time through remote access.

As a result, engineers and machine operators are able to anticipate maintenance requirements and thus reduce downtime, which results in considerable cost savings.

“These innovations are the beginning,” said Ian Roberts, CTO of the Bühler Group. “We are investing considerable resources in developing digital services. We partner up with start-ups, researchers, institutes, and customers in order to bring relevant innovation to our customers.”

Bühler is sponsor of the Digital Day Switzerland and has invited selected customers to a special event and exhibition at its Customer Centre in Uzwil dedicated to digitalisation and IoT on 21 November 2017.

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