Switzerland-based aseptic packaging provider SIG has added a bi-directional digital recipe management capability to all its new filling line systems and downstream units.

The built-in capability has been developed to allow SIG’s customers to make their production processes more flexible and efficient.

This move is part of the company’s ‘digital transformation drive’ for food and beverage manufacturers.

The capability will allow all relevant parts of the filling lines, including the downstream equipment, to make automatic format and volume changes.

SIG equipment senior product manager Stefan Mergel said: “In today’s food and beverage plants, production lines need to be more flexible, agile and intelligent to handle new challenges and demands.

“This can only be achieved by securing greater asset optimisation, which means configuring the optimal long-term infrastructure to flexibly handle any operational demand, and by ensuring intelligent recipe and job handling throughout production.”

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The digital recipe management system was developed using SIG’s solution-based Smart Factory platform.

It will replace the paper-based recipe management processes that have traditionally been used in the industry.

The digital recipe management capability is supported by SIG’s PLANT 360 Connector, an advanced monitoring and control solution that ensures the filing plant is well-connected.

The connector is designed to integrate all plant processes and systems gradually into one platform.

Mergel added: “With the SIG PLANT 360 Connector you can integrate the complete filling line – including R-CAM, filling machine and downstream – into the customers’ digital platforms.

“This ensures you can gain full bi-directional connectivity from shop floor to top floor.”

SIG said that digital recipe management is available for automation upgrades and can be retrofitted for use in existing SIG filling lines.

Earlier this month, the company announced a €12m ($14.2m) investment in a pilot of its Tech Centre Europe.