Digital Food Quality (DigiFoods) is a new center for research-based innovation with the purpose of developing smart sensor solutions for food quality assessment directly in the processing lines, throughout the food value chains.
Camo Analytics are part of the new innovation hub where the food industry, technology providers and research institutions will join forces to make advancements and develop new solutions to make the food industry more efficient and sustainable.
“The perspectives of this project are exciting. Ensuring food quality will not only help to minimise costs and reduce food waste, but it will also ensure food safety and how well we use raw materials to ensure nutritional value. This is highly relevant for the food industry, and we are very happy to contribute in this science-driven project,” says Chief Product Officer Lars Gidskehaug at Camo Analytics.
Digital Food Quality (DigiFoods)
The center’s ambition is to transform the food production industry into a more efficient and sustainable industry. The goal is to develop smart sensor-driven solutions that provide the food quality information required to achieve successful process optimization and digitization of the food industry. The results will provide a more resource and cost-effective production of higher quality foods, which will also help reduce food waste. The project is hosted by Nofima, NTNU and SINTEF. Read more about the DigiFoods project >>
Modern sensor analysis
“The focus is to transform quality control to an automated, non-invasive testing of all products being produced. Using sensors and real-time analysis to transform data about chemical composition, color, taste and shape to instant results, will enable the food industry to move from inspection to prevention and realise Quality 4.0,” says Lars Gidskehaug.
The in-line measurement of quality in a food product is complex and challenging due to the inherent high level of biological variation in raw materials. Advanced sensor solutions based on a fundamental understanding of food science, processing and modern sensor technology will allow the food industry to gain efficiencies.
“We have a long tradition of collaborating with the leading sensor manufacturers to develop fast and reliable sensor analysis used in pharma, food and other industries. The research-based collaboration with food companies and sensor providers in the DigiFoods project will result in new solutions leveraging well-known as well as newer sensor technology like hyperspectral imaging”, says Lars Gidskehaug.
Advancing quality and sustainability
The food industry is poised for radical digital transformation in the production as more and more advanced solutions gain foothold in the industry. According to DigiFoods raw material costs make up about 70 % of the cost of the final food product, so the key to reducing waste and increasing profitability is to control and utilise the raw material variation in the best possible way.
New strategies for process control will add more knowledge about the total value chain all the way from farm to fork. By understanding which factors that affect food quality, DigiFoods will work for higher quality and a more sustainable food production.
At Camo, we are honored and proud to take an industry-leadership role in providing solutions throughout the value chain to contribute towards the sustainability goals outlined by the United Nations. For over 35 years, it has been our mission and our passion to deliver innovation in industrial analytics while solving complex problems driving extraordinary results. We will continue to contribute where innovation and advanced industrial analytics are making a difference in the world.
From our lab at the Oslo Science Park where we are testing the use of hyperspectral imaging for quality control in food production.
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