Designing within the circular economy

How can the food industry and their equipment vendors use design as a tool to enter the circular economy?  Circular design is a tool used in the circular economy. The future must become more sustainable than what it is today, and designers can pave the way forward by using circular design.   Circular design In circular

Barriers to increased automation and technological development in food processing

The most important barrier for introduction of technology with artificial intelligence in processing of food in Norway, is the complexity of the new technology. The new technology is demanding for firms to adopt with their current knowledge base. Increased automation Increased use of automation with artificial intelligence has changed the production processes in almost every

Robotic handling of compliant food objects by robust learning from demonstration

Today, robots lack the visual, tactile and cognitive intelligence of humans to perform complex handling and processing tasks. We show how to endow robots these abilities and how to teach them to handle complaint food objects by Learning from Demonstration. The robotic handling of compliant and deformable food raw materials, characterized by high biological variation,

Traceability of hides through the supply chain

Hides are one of the most important rest raw materials or plus-products produced by the meat industry as they are further processed and used in leather production. The hide supply chain consists of a producer (farm), slaughterhouse, hide processor and a tannery. A lot of data is generated in this supply chain but there is

Information sharing strategies in whitefish supply chain

Information sharing is one of the main supply chain strategies for reducing uncertainty and is vital for supply chain efficiency. All actors can benefit from sharing relevant information in a timely manner and improve supply chain coordination. Whitefish supply chains are complex in nature due to seasonal variations, high supply uncertainty and rapid quality deterioration

Research exchange from India to Norway

An Indian PhD student from IIT Kharagpur has been on a research exchange to SINTEF Ocean in the RE-food project working with the Norwegian whitefish supply chain in the iProcess project. In iProcess he worked together with researchers at SINTEF and NTNU with optimizing  the delivery strategies to minimize travel distance as well as the

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The impact of supply uncertainty on supply chain planning processes

Four students at NTNU Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering have in 2017-2018 worked with production planning and how improved information flow can support critical decisions. The production planning in terms of mathematical modelling has been addressed by Nicolaas Yelte Serle Kikke, Mats Myhrvold Bjerke and Henrik Raaken Bykvist. An operational research approach is taken

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Working together with robots

Three of our researchers in iProcess, Ekrem Misimi, Aleksander Eilertsen and Jonatan S. Dyrstad are visiting the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017) in Vancouver, Canada, this week. The theme of IROS 2017 is “Friendly People, Friendly Robots”. Robots and humans are becoming increasingly integrated in various application domains.  As

iProcess aims to change the food industry. See our Newsletter

iProcess Newsletter June 2017 The food industry in Norway prioritizes flexible robotic automation as means to be able to cope with the high biological variation in food raw material and to maximize the raw material utilization. Therefore, expectations towards such solutions are high since it is expected that flexible robotic automation will be able to