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Tetra Pak is unveiling a “factory of the future” at Hannover Messe 2019, which it says will bring humans and AI together.

Machines will communicate with each other and with digital systems to automatically take on tasks such as diagnosing problems, ordering parts, and finding suitable engineers.

According to Johan Nilsson, VP industry 4.0 and digitalisation at Tetra Pak, this will allow human staff to focus on managing the plant and boosting productivity.

“We are in a period where the market is changing at high speed. Consumer demands coupled with regulations require a new way of food manufacturing that is much more efficient and food-safety guaranteed.

“At the same time, we believe humans should continue to be at the centre of the management of food manufacturing, with digital solutions as their support,” he said.

Tetra Pak is working with companies including Microsoft, ABB, SAP, and the automated logistics solutions provider Elettric80 to digitalise food manufacturing.

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