Grass to Customer Case Study: How Glanbia Resolves Production Problems Quickly


Duration:60 minutes


Glanbia Ireland is an integrated agri-food and nutrition business with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands. It processes a 2.7 billion litre milk pool from 21 counties and exports high quality dairy and agri ingredients as well as branded products to over 70 countries. Its newest milk-processing facility in Ireland produces ingredients with infant-formula quality standards.

As production ramped-up at the new facility, Glanbia Ireland recognized the importance of resolving production problems quickly; as any time lost has a ripple effect throughout the facility. With real-time, comprehensive visibility delivered by AspenTech software and OrbisMES expertise, Glanbia Ireland met these high-standards with sustained production.

Learning Objectives:

  • How a world-class powder plant incorporated powerful technology to become one of the most modern food processing facilities in the world
  • How this solution provided the information needed to perform mass balances and track Mass raw material milk and its constituent protein, fat and solids to provide information for users from the operators to the Director of Operations
  • How the system delivered plant visualisations that facilitated real time intervention and focused improvement initiatives, all being designed with the operator in mind


John Tobin

Founder & CEO, Orbis MES

John founded Orbis in 1998. As an expert in the automation of production processes, as well as the application of MES technology in the FoodBev industry, he has led the company’s efforts in Smart Manufacturing for the last 20 years, with key knowledge in IIoT, Cloud Application, and OEE.

Michael Power

Global MES Manager, Glanbia Plc

Michael Power is Global MES Manager at Glanbia Plc. Michael has more than 20 years’ experience across both Automation and IT. Prior to Joining Glanbia Michael worked in industries from broadcasting to Hydroelectric power generation, to Optical Lens manufacture. In Glanbia he has held the position of Group Networks and Communications manager changing focus in more recent years to heading up the Global MES function within the Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. Michael has qualifications in Electrical Engineering from the Dublin Institute of technology and a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University.

Mark-John Bruwer

Product Management Director, Aspen Technologies

Mark-John Bruwer is a chemical engineer who began his career in the 1990’s in the Asia Pacific region, firstly in a process engineering role and later implementing advanced process control systems for clients of Pavilion Technologies. In the 2000’s Mark-John pursued his PhD in control engineering and advanced statistical modeling under Dr. John F. MacGregor, who is world renowned in this field. In 2007 Mark-John joined ProSensus, a startup spun out of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium to commercialize this technology. He helped grow the company from startup to the point where Aspen Technology bought out the key technology in late 2016. As the CTO & VP at ProSensus Mark-John led technology development and customer engagement for the ProMV product suite. Following the acquisition, Mark-John is leading the continuing development and dissemination of this technology in his role as a product management director at AspenTech.


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