Bosch CPI software connects yogurt packaging to IoT Cloud
CPI is the name of the smart software from Bosch for track & trace. It can manage serialization from the allocation of serial numbers to the last aggregation step.
Dr Stefan König, president, Bosch Packaging Technology, told DairyReporter thanks to the QR code printed onto the lid of the yogurt cup, end consumers can verify whether they have bought an original product.
“The cloud further enables producers to actively communicate with their customers,” he said.
“In case of a faulty product, consumers can immediately inform the manufacturer and support them in securing the quality of their products.”
Aside from product verification, manufacturers can use the code for marketing opportunities such as product-specific information such as ingredients, allergens or recipes.
At Interpack in Dusseldorf, Germany (May 4-10) Bosch Packaging Technology is showing how Industry 4.0 technology achieves higher process safety and product quality.
“The key to safety is transparent and controllable manufacturing processes, which comply with international guidelines,” added König.
“Our Industry 4.0 technology is designed to support customers in optimizing their processes – and in making their products safer for end consumers.”
Examples at Interpack include CPS (Carton Printing System) modules, which print data matrix codes onto folding cartons, verify the codes and tamper-evident seals.
The CPI software integrates the CPS modules into the company IT and detailed information about each machine, line or process status is provided by the Condition Monitoring platform to record data in real-time, allowing maintenance staff to react before cost-intensive process deviations or downtimes occur.
“Industry 4.0 technology from Bosch brings more intelligence into production – from sensors in the machines to software and services. Current machine and line conditions can be retrieved via Condition Monitoring in real-time. Operators receive an overview of parameters such as temperature or rotation speed. In case of deviations, they are able to deduct counter-measures in a timely manner,” added König.
“To increase Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Bosch presents the management and analyses tool Shopfloor Management Cycle with additional Management View function. The latter enables line and production managers to get a good overview of their machines over several facilities at any time, and to carry out continuous process improvements.
“A central element for the connectivity of all Bosch’s industry 4.0 solutions is the new Human Machine Interface HMI 4.0. It offers an immediate overview of all production parameters and makes work processes more efficient."