Microsoft’s annual Ignite Conference in September 2018 hosted the launch of Bühler Insights, one of the first secure, high performing and reliable cloud-based frameworks for digital services in the food and feed processing industry. The Bühler Insights platform combines the power of Bühler’s leadership in food processing with Microsoft’s leadership in delivering intelligent Azure cloud technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, and blockchain to unlock a new degree of food safety, traceability, transparency, and data intelligence.
In his Ignite keynote, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, highlighted Bühler’s critical role in the world’s food supply and its work to use digital technology to ensure true food safety. Stuart Bashford, Digital Officer at Bühler adds: “Microsoft’s technology has made it possible to accelerate time to market and has allowed us to deliver real benefits and value to our customers.” For manufacturers, that means reaching new levels of productivity. With Bühler Insights, every machine in your plant can run as if your best operator is on the job around the clock.
Bühler showcased a selection of its digital services at Microsoft Ignite, including MoisturePro, a cloud-based digital service that drives significant improvements in yield, reduces energy costs and the environmental footprint of thermal processing in the food and feed industry. Harnessing the power of cloud connectivity, it can deliver a return on investment of $300,000, translating to an annual energy savings of $20,000.
Two additional image-processing Bühler Insights solutions are GrainiGo for corn and TotalSense for rice. These solutions enable customers to assess raw material quality and trends, compare performance objectively and consistently, and store data for future analysis and traceability.