Food and Beverage
Siemens Tecnomatix® Plant Simulation for Food and Beverage Library software enables you to create realistic simulation models of complex food and beverage production operations quickly and efficiently.
Simulation projects in the Food and Beverage sector require a specialized solution to handle the complex combination of strong fluctuations in seasonal demand, high turnover, increasing product and packaging diversity, and rising energy and raw material costs.
The Plant Simulation Food and Beverage Library allows planners to investigate planning options and make informed decisions before incurring heavy design, engineering and investments costs. The aim is to find an optimized solution based on compromises between performance, flexibility, and return on investment. By identifying bottlenecks and non-value adding processes early in the development process, simulation can increase a plant’s efficiency without increasing the investment risk.
Food and Beverage manufacturers use the library to model, simulate, visualize, analyze and optimize the production process, the filling lines and the logistic supply chain. The libraries contain industry specific components such as tanks, mixers, grinders, pipes, valves, pumps and filling lines. Similar libraries are available for packaging machines, palletizers and warehousing.
Areas of Application
The food and beverage library covers many areas in the food production industry, including:
- Brewing, soft drinks and milk processing
- Fresh and frozen food
- Instant soup
- Snacks and candy
- Animal food
- Agricultural raw materials
A model based on the food and beverage solution can vary from a single production line to a complete plant including raw material intake and final production storage.
The simulation model encompasses an animated and reproducible production flow. The animation allows you to follow the material flow and to observe tank levels, orders, equipment status. Enhanced statistics show tank levels over time and Gantt charts with detailed order information for all equipment . The simulation serves as a communication platform to educate and inform the people involved in managing and operating the existing system and the future system.
Some of the benefits realized by customers using the Food and Beverage library include:
- After completing the simulation analysis, one tank could be removed from the new equipment list, saving over $500,000
- Service reliability and delivery data quality improved from 85 to 100 percent without any additional investment
A 70 percent reduction for onsite commissioning
- Reduced energy consumption by more than 5 percent, leading to reduced costs and higher profitability
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