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Development of a cost-efficient, precise and miniaturized sensor system for quality and performance control in baking processes

Objective

Quality assurance plays a key role in the food industry. Current control of safety and quality characteristics in the bakery industry is carried out mainly by random sampling of the initial, intermediate and/or final products. However, this methodology does not allow immediate adjustments to the production process in case any negative quality features are detected and consequently large batches of non-conforming products often need to be disposed and a lot of resources (energy, water, ingredients) are wasted.
Therefore this project aims to develop an innovative and affordable quality and performance control system for baking processes based on nanospectrometry and ultrasound, allowing for continuous quality measurement and process adjustment. The complete Bread-Guard system consists of two sensors and a corresponding soft-/hardware package which in combination can measure the key parameters of the baking process and adjust it to the optimal set-up. The first sensor is based on nano-spectrometry (Fabry-Pérot principle) and will be used to measure parameters in the ambient air of the oven (e.g. humidity, temperature) as well as product surface characteristics (e.g. degree of browning). The second sensor based on ultrasound will measure structural and mechanical properties within the products (e.g. density, porosity, mechanical strength). The sensor-data will be used to adjust the baking process (temperature, humidity) in real-time through a feedback loop.
An applied research approach involving Europe’s leading research institutes in the field of baking, sensor development and process control, equipment producers for sensor, oven, and software development as well as several SME bakeries will not only ensure the compatibility of the new system with current technologies, but also raise the acceptance of the baking sector. Nevertheless, it is foreseen, that the to-be-developed technology in future can be adapted to other sectors in the food industry.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/software development
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/acoustics/ultrasound

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 495 940
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Schories (Prof.)

Participants (11)

PASTELERIA BIZKARRA SL

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Camino Arteta 5
48960 Galdakao
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eduardo Bizkarra (Mr.)
WWW.NANO-KASSEL.DE HILMER, WOIDT, BACHMANN GBR

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Harleshauser Strasse 76 76
34130 Kassel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carsten Woidt (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 329 665
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Dietrich (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 477 110
Address
Monchebergstrasse 19
34125 Kassel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Reinhard (Mrs.)
SCHENK ENGINEERING GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 342 820
Address
Fichtenweg 13
3506 Grosshochstetten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefanie Juker (Mrs.)
MIWE MICHAEL WENZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 265 157
Address
Michael Wenz Strasse 2 - 10
97450 Arnstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Klaus Peter Burk (Mr.)
ENKOA SYSTEMS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 317 931
Address
Mendarozabal Pabellon A2 1
20850 Mendaro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lorea Apellaniz (Ms.)
WWW.NANO-KASSEL.DE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 243 613
Address
Felix-blumenfeld Str.4
34128 Kassel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carsten Woidt (Mr.)
1957 BIZKARRA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 117 470
Address
Arteta Bidea 6 A
48960 Usansolo Bizkaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rodolfo Bizkarra (Mr.)
Sutter AG

Participation ended

Switzerland
Address
Rosentalstrasse 28
4023 Basel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Konrad Pfister (Mr.)
ROLAND MURTEN AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 150 720
Address
Freiburgstrasse 49
3280 Murten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc-André Cornu (Mr.)