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ABB supporting sustainable agri-food manufacturing

Released at: 10:50, 20/09/2019

ABB supporting sustainable agri-food manufacturing

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ABB showcases innovative digital solutions for food manufacturing at Vietnam - EU Forum on sustainable agriculture in Hanoi on September 19.

by Hong Nhung

ABB recently showcased some of its innovative digital solutions for food manufacturing at the Vietnam - EU Forum on sustainable agriculture entitled “Agriculture 4.0: Key to the European Market” held by the European Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry on September 19 in Hanoi.

Smart motion, which saves energy and drives efficiency and productivity across the entire value chain, is also a critical component of the intelligently automated manufacturing facility. The ABB Ability Smart Sensors leverages the Industrial Internet of Things to monitor key parameters of motors, pumps, and mounted bearings in real time.

YuMi, the world’s first collaborative robot, initially aimed to focus on the electronics industry, made its way into the automotive industry and now makes its way into food manufacturing, where it’s putting candy into boxes, and was also presented at the exhibition.

The forum aimed to address the challenges Vietnamese agriculture exporters face and the technical solutions that will enable the export of traceable, certified and safe agricultural products from Vietnam to Europe. It brought Vietnamese decision makers, farmers, and exporters together with leading European companies who presented their technical expertise and innovative agricultural solutions.

Vietnam is well placed in the agriculture sector due to its abundant natural resources and favorable climate. Labor in agriculture, forestry and fisheries made up nearly 38 per cent of the whole working population in 2018. In the first eight months of this year, Vietnam’s agro-forestry-aquatic exports earned $26.6 billion, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The country is currently the second-largest ASEAN trade partner of the EU.

However, Vietnamese agricultural products are still facing many boundaries, especially in terms of technology, to satisfy strict international standards, which results in under achieving its full potential in terms of markets and pricing. In EU markets particularly, Vietnam is expected to be one of the largest beneficiaries from the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), as a reduction in tariffs will increase demand and boost exports. To realize these ambitions, it is vital for the sector to embrace advanced technologies to produce safe, certified and traceable products to meet requirements in these demanding consumer markets.

Working closely with food manufacturers worldwide, ABB focuses on providing power, automation and digital solutions that address critical issues in every area of operation, enabling manufacturers to reach full production potential and be prepared to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, today. Its family of products and systems match specific application criteria from start to finish inside food processing areas, assuring the quality and reliability of food from power connection to robotic palletizing at the end of the line.

“The landscape is changing,” said Dr. Brian Hull, Country Managing Director of ABB in Vietnam. “Vietnam’s agriculture and food industry in particular are under constant pressure to adapt and evolve to meet consumer demand. This means increased production and improved hygiene and quality and variety, all while maintaining a commitment to safety, traceability, and the sustainable use of natural resources.”

“We are committed to a sustainable agri-food future, supporting Vietnamese manufacturers to improve product quality, enhance food safety, and more efficiently use production assets, through our industry-leading digital solutions.”

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