Operational Excellence in Food Processing through Simulation



Duration:60 minutes


Virtually every food and beverage company is talking about innovation and digitalization.  Leveraging digitalization advantages using a strict interaction between the three steps of the value chain: Ideation, Realization and Utilization is necessary for you to stay ahead in the innovation race.  A common challenge in the food industry is to bring new products to market in a timely and cost effective manner. Paying attention to quality during production and ensuring efficiency of process by optimizing operating conditions are few of the challenges facing the industry. Computer modeling and simulation solutions including; computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and particle modeling with Discrete Element Method (DEM) have been identified as key enabling technologies. Technologies like these are making a huge impact on many of the challenges that surround scale-up; capable of reducing operating costs across manufacturing and quality divisions.

In this webinar we will examine the possibilities of using numerical simulation in various food process engineering areas, explain why using simulation makes sense and what value can be extracted by utilizing these solutions in the engineering process:

  • We’ll discuss fluid flow and hydrodynamic behavior in stirred vessels, dispersing gas and solids in liquids, behavior of high viscosity fluids, fluid structure interactions in mixing vessels etc. and optimization of process equipment
  • Give an overview of mixing and rheology of fluids, high temperature processes like baking and cooking and particle flows such as roasting and coating.
  • Provide details of a use cases around bottle filling processes and reference a customer experience in food packaging: bottle squeeze for ketchup
  • We will discuss case studies dealing with the design of packaging equipment to optimize throughput while minimizing energy consumption.

If you are an engineer or a manager who wants to optimize current processes in ways that were never possible before, this event will help you understand the applicability of deploying simulation to achieve these objectives. If you are already using simulation in your engineering work flow, this session will demonstrate that it is not a single point simulation but rather the ability to rapidly and intelligently explore a host of designs and processes that brings the most value from simulation.


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Ravindra Aglave

Director of Chemical & Process Industry at Siemens

Dr. Ravi Aglave is the Director of Chemical & Process Industry at Siemens PLM. Ravi is a chemical engineer by training and received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. For more than 15 years, he has performed advanced engineering analysis backed by CFD and simulation to solve problems in the chemical industry. He now leads the effort of applying CFD for chemical processing applications at Siemens PLM (formerly CD-adapco.)

Tom Phillips, Ph.D.

Industry Lead - Simcenter Portfolio at Siemens

Tom Phillips leads the Siemens PLM Simulation Portfolio Development activity for Growth Industries in North America. Tom received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and has more than 25 years of experience relating to engineering simulation. In his current role, Tom helps Siemens PLM customers implement simulation into their engineering process to facilitate innovation, improve engineering efficiency and enhance product performance.




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