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Food and packaging machinery industry: deep integration with automation

Food and packaging machinery industry: deep integration with automation


  At present, the deep integration of automation and next-generation Internet technologies with the food industry is triggering a far-reaching transformation of the food industry. Food and packaging machinery is developing from stand-alone operation to full-line production in the entire industry chain; from single-handed operation to deep integration of robotic cooking, food delivery, packaging, palletizing and other Internet and artificial intelligence. At present, the deep integration of the new generation of Internet technology and the food industry is triggering a far-reaching transformation of the food industry. In the five years from 2012 to 2016, China’s economy has entered a new normal, from “eat full” to “eat well”. Large food groups with annual sales of tens of billions of yuan have emerged, supporting food and Packaging machinery has evolved from stand-alone operation to full-line production in the entire industry chain; from single-handed operation to deep integration of robotic cooking, food delivery, packaging, palletizing and other Internet and artificial intelligence. 

Robots lead the food industry upgrade      

In recent years, the emergence of different types of robotic equipment has affected all aspects of the food industry in terms of labor cost, resource input, capacity efficiency, food safety, etc., and has labeled the food industry with modern and intelligent labels. Such as food picking robots, food processing robots, food packaging robots, palletizing robots, cooking robots, etc., even complex Chinese food can be "unmanned" production.    

Intelligent cooking machine - Hangzhou West Lake Cultural Square has a "future supermarket", set up a white food vending machine and 18 intelligent cooking machines, there are 28 kinds of dishes to choose from. After the customer buys the food in the self-service shopping machine, he can put it into the cooking machine to complete the cooking and enjoy the delicious food on the spot. The supermarket also introduced 16 unmanned cash registers, and customers can complete the whole process of shopping.   

Automatic meal selling system - In July last year, an automatic meal selling system called "FanMeimei" was launched at Beijing Guomao Hotel. The smart vending machine that appeared in Beijing South Railway Station and office building adopts three-stage cold chain distribution heating method. Consumers can either purchase it on the spot or order food through the app in advance.   

Uninhabited Restaurant - When cooking and cooking are replaced by robots, the "unmanned restaurant" naturally comes. A factory in China that specializes in fast food and lunch is on fire. 500 kilograms of rice, 250 kilograms of vegetables, and meat dishes are put into the production line. In less than an hour, they are all transformed into a box of steaming fresh meals. Surprisingly, the whole process did not even have a person cooking, cooking, and loading. There was no worker, chef or waiter at the scene.  Unmanned factory - A few days ago, CCTV broadcasted a dumpling "unmanned factory", and noodles - do dumplings, dumplings, dumplings, dumplings, a box, a package, a completely unmanned automatic production line. From the noodles, stuffing and then to the dumplings, the pneumatic dumplings accurately align the shaped dumplings: after the automatic packaging is completed, the unqualified dumplings are removed by x-ray and metal detectors. In the unmanned packaging line workshop of this factory, only two employees in the 500 square meter factory are conducting daily inspections.   

3D printed food - Prepare the ingredients by programming, and the food is made with a single touch. 3D printed chocolate, ice cream, jelly, pancakes, etc. are desirable, attracting a lot of people's attention. The soft liquid edible substance is squeezed out from the nozzle through the 3D printer, and the ingredients are stacked one by one according to the instructions of the computer, and a lovely 3D printed food is born. In the eyes of many professionals. This high-tech, compatible with nutrition and health concepts, may change people's lives and aesthetic culture in the future. 

Food equipment localization step by step   

During the five years from 2012 to 2016, China has achieved localization of food equipment and achieved great strides. Among them, a relatively complete product system has been formed in common technology and conventional equipment. Deep processing of agricultural products, crushing, pressing, extraction and filtration of food raw materials and processes, liquid food filling, high-precision meat slaughtering and processing equipment, key technologies for clean production, all kinds of automatic high-speed packaging equipment, food high-speed online testing equipment, Key areas such as high-tech detection technologies and equipment for food contaminants and packaging, food tracking and traceability technologies have rapidly shortened the gap. It can basically meet the needs of domestic food industrialized production, and some areas have reached the international advanced level. At the same time, a number of key backbone enterprises with strong R&D capabilities, a certain scale, and operating income exceeding 300 million yuan have emerged.   

In 2012, China's food and packaging machinery industry completed a total industrial output value of 250 billion yuan: in 2013, the total output value reached 295 billion yuan; in 2014, the total output value reached 340 billion yuan; in 2015, the total industrial output value reached 389.3 billion yuan. At present, China's macro-economy has entered a new normal, and the development of various industries has gradually shifted from high-speed to medium-high speed. From scale-type extensive growth to quality-efficiency intensive growth. From the elemental investment drive to the innovation drive, the food industry and the food technology equipment industry that supports it must face the transformation and upgrading of the industry and structural adjustment. 

Industry mergers and acquisitions are clearly trending   

Throughout the food and equipment fields, the profit margins of liquid food packaging, dairy processing, livestock and poultry product processing, alcohol and condiment brewing are higher than those of other industries. Therefore, extraterritorial capital is competing to enter the food equipment field. The performance of the industry's large-scale equity financing, listing financing and mergers and acquisitions in the relevant industry chain, the capital market's attention to this area continues to improve, especially in the first half of 2014, the performance of the first half of 2016.   

Starting from the listing of Tech-Long, Hangzhou youngsun and Hangzhou ZHONGYA, more than 20 food equipment companies such as Newamstar, PRECISE, Weihai Yuanhang, , Hunan Bonya Intelligent, Guangdong Kenwei Intelligent Machine are successively or ready to land on the GEM. ,Three new board. Tech-Long is a major beverage blowing bottle filling company in Asia. Hangzhou Yongchuang is a post-packaging box-scale enterprise. Guangdong Kenwei is the leader in weighing packaging in the field of combination weighing. Large-scale capital market intervention has provided a large amount of financial support for the industry, which has greatly helped enterprises to innovate products, adjust industrial structure, and highlight competitive advantages; further expand production capacity and scale, and increase investment in basic infrastructure of enterprises; The development needs, the iconic products with breakthroughs in technology are put on the market one after another; the enterprise development model is further optimized and the innovation capability continues to improve. At the same time, it has played a strong catalytic role in accelerating M&A integration in the food equipment industry. Breakthrough in key technical equipment   

Nearly 5 years. It is a large investment in the field of food technology equipment in China, involving the widest range of professional technology and research fields, high degree of technical integration and industrialization, many achievements of standards and independent property rights, rapid transformation of scientific research results, obvious technology driving and demonstration effects, and A historical period with greater economic and social benefits. It has overcome a number of key technical equipment problems and achieved fruitful results in the development of technologies and key equipment in key areas such as grain and oil, fruits and vegetables, livestock and poultry products, aquatic product processing, and liquid food packaging, and its independent innovation capability has been greatly enhanced. A variety of core technologies and advanced equipment with independent intellectual property rights have been developed in various fields of food and equipment, and a number of complete line and stand-alone technical equipment with high level of intelligence, automation and greenness have been introduced. Significant breakthroughs in key technologies such as food non-thermal processing, degradable food packaging materials, online safety testing and quality monitoring, food safety traceability covering the entire industry chain, remote control and diagnosis based on IoT technology, including 6000 Bottle/hour 5L large capacity blowing and filling machine; 36,000 bottles/hour PET bottle vegetable protein beverage aseptic filling production line; 72000 cans/hour high speed pure draft beer canning line; 15000 bottles/hour PET milk aseptic cold filling combination Machine and 18000 bottles/hour PET bottle fermented milk ultra-clean filling combination machine: intelligent storage system: liquid food robot automatic packaging production line Xiaoqu liquor robot automatic identification captain system: intelligent liquor brewing system; seasoning grain solid-state intelligent fermentation unit and The key technology of complete equipment; the key technology of potato powder production; automatic continuous intelligent sterilization kettle; 220 kg / hour intelligent semi-dry surface production line; 12000 / hour broiler automatic slaughter processing production line and other key technologies and equipment. 

Construct and improve the integrated innovation system of production, education and research  

In the past five years, with the support of relevant state ministries and commissions, China's food equipment industry has basically formed a strategic alliance of relying on (national) food equipment industry technology innovation, with large and medium-sized backbone enterprises as the main body, with scientific research units and institutions of higher learning as the support. A technological innovation model combining learning and research. Supported a number of food equipment companies with strong technological innovation capabilities in various sub-sectors. In the process of technological innovation, the cooperation between industry, academia and research has been developing in depth, the level of cooperation has been continuously improved, the mode of cooperation has been continuously innovated, the talent team has continued to grow, the overall quality has generally improved, and the number of universities carrying out food-equipment-related teaching and research has increased. A number of provincial R&D centers and demonstration bases. It has played an important role in optimizing scientific and technological resources and improving innovation efficiency. It has broken through a number of key industrial technologies and major product technologies, and solved some technical bottlenecks affecting the development of the industry.   

Thanks to the strong support of the state, relatively perfect innovative scientific research system, and continuous investment in scientific research, the product structure of food equipment enterprises has been diversified, high-quality and functional, and the proportion of high-tech and high-value-added products has steadily increased and established. The complete industrial chain of the echelon shape has gradually improved the comprehensive performance of the products. Some equipment products have filled the gaps in many fields in China, shortening the gap between China's food equipment technology and the international advanced level, and the technical level of high-end key equipment and complete sets of equipment and international standards. The advanced level is close, and some products have reached or exceeded the advanced level of foreign countries. Some products have replaced imports and opened up the international market: the realization of key equipments from long-term dependence on imports to basically achieve autonomy and complete sets of exports, the mid-end products have basically achieved Localization, the technical level and reliability of the whole machine are increasing year by year: low-end products are gradually being transformed or eliminated in the structural adjustment due to defects such as low technical configuration, high failure rate and high energy consumption.   

The food equipment industry has made rapid progress in the field of liquid foods with high automation and informationization. The aseptic filling and packaging materials for dairy products have developed rapidly. Some areas of beer and beverage equipment have already achieved international competitiveness: liquor equipment. From scratch, packaging equipment has been serialized and industrialized. In the past, liquor brewing has achieved breakthroughs in intelligent whole lines; many of the wine equipment in the post-packaging process have been localized, but before crushing, pressing, filtering, processing, etc. There is still a certain gap: the soy sauce, vinegar, yellow wine and other grain brewing have developed rapidly in recent years. With the increasingly standardized and systematic research of traditional technology, brewing equipment has begun to appear intelligent; alcohol equipment has begun to have international competitiveness.   

Livestock and poultry meat processing machinery has shown an explosive growth trend in recent years. As China's traditional meat processing technology has been theoretically researched by various research institutes, a large number of automated equipment has appeared in various technological stages such as slaughtering, segmentation, baking, rolling, crushing, extrusion, smoking, conditioning.       

In terms of pasta and baking equipment, various simple hand-operated machines have been replaced by automated automatic and even intelligent production lines such as fully automatic noodles, buns, dumplings and cakes.      

In terms of canning equipment, China's two-piece cans and three-piece cans have been maturely applied. It is necessary to upgrade the automatic filling machinery suitable for various meat, fruits and vegetables and the corresponding complete processing equipment.      

The field of fruit and vegetable processing has developed rapidly in recent years. A relatively complete industrial equipment system has been established in the field of pretreatment such as crushing, extraction, powder blowing, cutting, cleaning, drying, concentration and dehydration.   

In terms of sugar equipment, it has begun to have international competitiveness and needs to be upgraded in terms of energy consumption and emissions.    

Equipment companies go out of strategy and see initial results  

After more than 20 years of development, some of China's food equipment products have already achieved international competitiveness, and the strategy of going global has achieved initial results. According to customs statistics, the total import and export of China's food and packaging machinery in 2015 was 7.285 billion US dollars, of which the total import and export of food machinery was 2.925 billion US dollars, and the total import and export of packaging machinery was 4.361 billion US dollars. In 2015, China's import and export of food and packaging machinery achieved a trade surplus, and the surplus reached a peak of 609 million US dollars in the past 10 years, reflecting that China's food equipment has a certain international competitiveness, in the international market. In a favorable position. In Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Harbin, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanning and other food exhibitions, from time to time see Southeast Asia, India, Russia equivalent foreign equipment buyers, China's equipment cost-effective, they invested in setting up factories The main choice. At the same time, China's advanced enterprises such as beer and beverage equipment have already left China and participated in foreign exhibitions.      

In addition, in order to gain international competitive advantage more quickly, domestic food equipment companies' overseas mergers and acquisitions cases increased, such as Lehui Group acquired the assets of British Microdat Company, and also acquired all intellectual property rights owned by Microdat, CIMC Anrui The company acquired the German beer brewing equipment provider Ziemann Gmup, and the trademark of Guangdong Tech-Long Packaging Machinery Co., Ltd. has obtained the licenses of 10 Madrid member countries.

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