The Bühler Group has introduced a new digital rice analyser called TotalSense, which enables the reduction of costs, improvement of yield, and improvement of quality for rice processors.
Rice farmers often manually measure and inspect rice grains to ensure they meet pre-set size and other parameters. This process can be slow, subjective, and prone to errors, said Bühler. To improve this situation, the company has developed TotalSense.
The mobile rice analyser speeds up the quality process and introduces objective and traceable data through the use of the internet of things and cloud technology.
It then delivers reports on quality within minutes by uploading a picture of a sample to a cloud-based solution. As a result, rice farmers save time and benefit from an early warning system that prevents the contamination of entire batches.
Bühler said it is implementing a digitalisation strategy to create innovative solutions with high value for its customers.
Stefan Scheiber, CEO of the Bühler Group, said: “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.”
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.
Bühler food safety officer Béatrice Conde-Petit said: “Now we have the opportunity to connect with our partners, flagging risks but also giving insights on potential solutions.”
Bühler CTO Ian Roberts added: “These innovations are the beginning. 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.”
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