Biodegradable packaging company Bio-on has deployed automation and plant control and management systems from Siemens at its bio-plastic production plant at Castel San Pietro Terme, near Bologna, Italy.

The company has chosen Siemens technology to eliminate errors in the production process as well as develop Industry 4.0 in the green chemicals and PHAs bio-plastic sector.

Leveraging Siemens technology, Bio-on plans to transform its plant digitally with a focus on automation and data as well as expects to create new cross-sector skills among engineers and designers.

Siemens Industrial Software administrator Giuliano Busetto said: “Bio-on is a wonderful example of industry finding a way of being sustainable with plastic.

“Bio-on is a wonderful example of industry finding a way of being sustainable with plastic.”

“Industry can benefit the country’s sustainability through the natural production of biodegradable biopolymers.

“We are proud to support the development of this industry through our innovative technology, through integration between the world of automation, process control and information technology, through our industrial software platforms, bolstered by our unique positioning throughout the life cycle of the production process.”

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The company also plans to produce special bio-plastics for use in cosmetics with the help of Siemens’ supervision, control and automation technologies at the new plant.

Bio-on will manage process control and automation management through Siemens Simatic PCS7 DCS at the Castel San Pietro Terme plant to ensure effective programming.

Furthermore, the PCS7 includes a process data archiving system MIS to offer real-time analysis and evaluation to optimise production at the plant.

Bio-on chairman and CEO Marco Astorri said: “The domination of steel over software should end. Industrial design must be centred on automation because only then can true efficiency be achieved, not just in energy terms but also plant optimisation.

“We are confident that this collaboration with Siemens can be extended to all our new bioplastic production plants built in the future around the world.”