The factory of the future will be driven by cloud computing
ZEISS offers access to real-time data from food production with networked spectrometers based on Microsoft Azure
At Hannover Messe from 1 to 5 April 2019, ZEISS will present an integrated solution at the Microsoft booth that evaluates spectroscopic measurement values directly from the production line and makes them available using the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. Thanks to this solution, customers can access data and insights at any time to achieve the desired product quality even more efficiently.
ZEISS has teamed up with Microsoft to develop a unique spectroscopy solution that gives customers invaluable insights and information about food quality parameters such as fat, moisture and salt content in their production. This is achieved by mounting a ZEISS Corona process spectrometer directly on the production line, providing constant and accurate measurements, and uploads them to the Microsoft's cloud platform Azure. This information is available to all the individuals responsible for monitoring and optimizing production. This enables them to speed up decisions and make the individual processes as efficient and effective as possible.
The "connected factory" is built upon data
ZEISS is the first company to offer a spectrometer like the ZEISS Corona process that is integrated to Microsoft Azure. This cloud-based solution makes it easy and convenient for customers to monitor their processes, including in food production. They can access the data anywhere and modify production in real time.
Receiving spectroscopically determined data in real time via a cloud is part of the shift towards the "connected factory". With its measurement solutions, ZEISS is one of the pioneers in networked production and thus offers its customers significant competitive advantages. Real-time, in-line analysis enables proactive process optimization so that consistent quality and productivity are achieved.
Thanks to the intelligent and networked spectrometer from ZEISS, a snack manufacturer in Australia can now determine the salt and moisture content of its products in seconds. This way, relevant quality factors in the production process can be adjusted immediately. In the past, however, the corresponding adjustments took several minutes or even hours.
Quality information – when and where it is needed
"By integrating a networked spectrometer directly on the production line, customers check ingredients such as fat content, moisture or salt content in just a few seconds. This information then goes to the cloud and the client can react quickly to process variations, increasing quality and productivity, while using raw materials and energy in a more efficient way at the same time. In short: they gain an advantage by consistently delivering quality like never before,” says Dr. Christian Korth, Managing Director of Carl Zeiss Spectroscopy GmbH.
"Every company today is also evolving into a digital solutions provider. Industrial companies need to be able to deploy technologies such as cloud and edge computing, artificial intelligence and IoT quickly and effectively, while at the same time building up their own digital competencies in order to offer their customers new added value with digital business models. ZEISS shows how increasing food quality and optimizing processes go hand in hand thanks to digital technologies," declares Thorsten Herrmann, Managing Director of Microsoft Germany.
ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling more than EUR 5.8 billion in its four segments Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (status: 30 September 2018).
For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.
With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future far beyond the optics and optoelectronics industries. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership.
Today the ZEISS Group is represented in almost 50 countries. About 30,000 employees worldwide work at around 60 sales and service locations, more than 30 production sites and about 25 research and development facilities. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG
Further information at www.zeiss.com
ZEISS in Jena
At the Jena site, all four segments are represented: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Medical Technology and Research Microscopy Solutions, as well as ZEISS Planetariums and the Central Research area of ZEISS. Jena is also the headquarters of the central service company for the production operations of the ZEISS Group.