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Development of a cost-efficient, precise and miniaturized sensor system (Nano-Spectrometer) for quality and process control in the food industry

Objective

Quality assurance plays a key role in the food industry. Current control of safety and quality characteristics of the various products 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.

Therefore this project aims to develop an innovative and affordable process and quality control system for industrial food production which allows for continuous quality measurement and process adjustment. The complete system consists on the one hand of an optic measurement unit and on the other hand of a software package for automatic monitoring, control, and adjustment of the production process which will furthermore be compatible with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) method. The optic measurement unit uses sensors based on nano-spectrometry (Fabry-Pérot principle) to detect important process parameters. The complete Food-Watch system will in this project be developed for the application in bakeries, as bread is one of the most important staple foods in Europe. Important process parameters in the baking industry such as the degree of browning, caramelization, or temperature and humidity of the ambient air will be analyzed and the data used to adjust the baking process (temperature, humidity) in real-time through a feedback loop.

An applied research approach involving 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.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 92 124
Administrative Contact
Mirko Hänel (Mr.)

Participants (7)

WWW.NANO-KASSEL.DE HILMER, WOIDT, BACHMANN GBR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 370 704,42
Address
Harleshauser Strasse 76 76
34130 Kassel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carsten Woidt (Mr.)
SCHENK ENGINEERING GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 419 447
Address
Fichtenweg 13
3506 Grosshochstetten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Schenk (Mr.)
1957 BIZKARRA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 207 046,80
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.)
UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
Germany
Address
Monchebergstrasse 19
34125 Kassel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Reinhard (Mrs.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 8 864,01
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Dietrich (Mr.)
DIE HAVENBACKER GMBH BRUSER DIE HAFENBACKER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 257 269
Address
Ostrampe 8
27572 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karl-Mirko Uhde (Mr.)
ODEI S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 279 544,77
Address
Plaza Del Renacimiento 9 Planta 4 Oficina 20
01004 Vitoria Gasteiz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Amaia Santamaria Martinez De La Pera (Ms.)