VISUMProject ID: 731043
H2020-EU.3.2.1. - Sustainable agriculture and forestry
H2020-EU.3.2.2. - Sustainable and competitive agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet
H2020-EU.3.2.4. - Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries and supporting the development of a European bioeconomy
Cloud-enabled IR spectroscopy platform for the rapid integration and customisation of affordable, real-time chemical monitoring solutions for food and pharmaceutical industries
Total cost:EUR 1 801 310
EU contribution:EUR 1 260 917
Topic(s):SMEInst-07-2016-2017 - Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors
Call for proposal:H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017See other projects for this call
Funding scheme:SME-2 - SME instrument phase 2
VISUM is an IR spectroscopy cloud-enabled platform for the rapid, easy integration and customisation of real-time monitoring systems for improved process control, product quality and safety in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Building from the successful feasibility study outputted from a Phase 1 SME Instrument project, we are applying for Phase 2 funding to accelerate the development for a market launch in 2019.
NIR is a non-destructive, reliable and accurate technique for monitoring the chemical and physical parameters during food and pharmaceutical processing, being widely accepted as one of the most promising on/in-line process control techniques. The availability of fibre optic probes significantly improves the ability of NIR techniques to monitor and control processes especially using remote on/in line detection. However, a number of gaps prevent the mainstreaming of NIR in industry: 1) typical NIR lab analysers are expensive; 2) they often require time-consuming, costly and complex predictive models development and their further recalibration; 3) generic systems do not properly fit to each particular production line or monitoring challenge and these mismatches are the source of major errors; 4) on-line NIR optical interfaces are prone to fouling/contamination, a major limitation for accurate measurements and leading to high maintenance requirements. There is also a missed opportunity in the effective management and use of the data.
VISUM platform provides the necessary flexible hardware, software and cloud computing infrastructure for mainstreaming the adoption of NIR-based systems in the EU and global food and pharma industries to enable the rapid, easy, and cost-effective integration in processing environments even by non-specialised engineers. VISUM offers an affordable and accessible enabler for improved product quality and safety, as well as enhanced process understanding and control for a first tier Process Analytical Technology (PAT) tool.
EU contribution: EUR 1 260 917