"Where food meets IT for sustainability" - Focus Day at the Future Food Factory OWL

The focus day of the Science-to-Business partnership smartFoodTechnologyOWL at the Future Food Factory OWL of the Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (TH OWL) this Thursday revolved around the topic of sustainability through digitalization in food production.

Group photo of all participants

Welcome from Jan Schneider

Poster session at the Future Food Factory

Open networking and transfer event at the focus day

Around 60 participants from companies, network associations and various research institutions attended the inspiring program of expert presentations, workshops and networking opportunities after the smartFoodTechnologyOWL partnership meeting. The topic of the day, the connection between science and practice of food industry and information technology in the context of sustainability, was thereby illuminated in many facets.

After the welcome by the smartFoodTechnologyOWL partnership spokesperson, Professor Dr. Jan Schneider, Professorin Dr. Miriam Pein-Hackelbusch led the participants through the program.

The event kicked off with a keynote speech by corporate partner Siemens in tandem with Breitenburger Milchzentrale eG. A practical example illustrated how companies can effectively save resources, energy and costs by using digitalization solutions to achieve their sustainability goals.

Afterwards, the participants had the opportunity to network or further educate themselves in workshops on various topicsIn addition to a workshop on the Digital Product Passport and associated new business models organized by the inIT's Networked Automation Systems working group, participants were able to further think about the transfer of knowledge between research and industry and jointly develop solutions at "Research meets Innovation."

The program was rounded off with "Spectroscopy in Food Technology: Hands-On" by partner company OWITA. Workshop leader Niels Hendrik Fliedner emphasized, "Spectroscopy has taken a central position in food technology, as it contributes significantly to quality assurance, product development and process control."

In the further wrap-up, there was an interactive exchange around the topic of digital food technology of the future. During a poster session with Mircofair in the afternoon, participants were able to network further and gain insights into innovative research and transfer topics of the Future Food Factory OWL.

Neue Möglichkeiten in der Future Food Factory OWL

A new home, the Future Food Factory OWL, has been created at Innovation Campus Lemgo for hands-on research and testing of innovative products and processes around the interaction of food technology and IT. The unique building of  TH OWLoffers new opportunities for creativity in all three core tasks of the university - teaching, research, transfer. The focus is particularly on the topic of sustainability. The idea of a Future Food Factory was developed through the close cooperation of the two institutes Institute for Industrial Information Technology (inIT) and Institute for Life Science Technologies (ILT.NRW) of the Technischen Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe.