Examples for solutions and projects from the partner institutes

Food Analysis

 

From Feed To Egg

Better estimation of overall burdens of humans, animals and the environmment by perfluoroalkyland polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Due to their unique properties perfluoroalkyl- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are widely utilised in specialty chemistry as well as in consumer products of any kind. The extreme stability of PFAS leads to their accumulation in the environment and organisms.

 

 

A food lab on your phone

The topic "food scanner" is gaining in importance. The European Commission has also recognised the importance of this issue.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in Dresden has filed a patent application for an idea that not only enables the analysis of foodstuffs with a smartphone.

 

New method for efficient detection of animal species in food

The identification of animal species in meat and meat products is of great importance in the context of quality assurance for both the food and feed processing industries, particularly following the UK outbreak of BSE. Current methods are unable to achieve the necessary requirements, as they often cannot verify the presence of animal material in food and feed...

 

Low Cost Gas Chromatography Using Sensor Array for Food Screening Tests

Modern food production involves many complex processes that need to be controlled to ensure food safety and food quality. The proliferation of national and international guidelines, ordinances and laws on food quality and safety means that stricter controls through governmental agencies and/or in-house quality assurance systems (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, HACCP-concept) are required...

 

Rapid testing of food quality with near infrared

Whether fruit, meat or cheese – the quality of food is not always as consumers would like it to be. But, in future, a spectrometer will allow them to gage the quality of food before they buy it. No bigger than a sugar cube, the device is inexpensive to manufacture and could one day even be installed in smartphones...

Food Technology

 

FoodControl - For a better Food Quality

Tea e.g. promises enjoyment and well-being; this is confirmed by an annual consumption of approximately 17.000 t/year in Germany. To ensure this enjoyment, it must be processed to meet the highest quality requirements.

 

The Vegetarian Cutlet

It looks like a cutlet, it‘s juicy and fibrous like a cutlet, and it even chews with the consistency of a real cutlet – but the ingredients are 100 percent vegetable. Researchers are using a new method to prepare a meat substitute that not only tastes good, but is also environmentally sustainable...

 

 

Eating low-fat, thanks to lupin proteins

Vegan and vegetarian foods are becoming ever more popular. Their market share is increasing and this is opening new growth opportunities for the food sector. Many vegan food products utilize plant proteins. Key quality criteria of plant proteins are their biological value and digestibility.

 

 

Perfecting the Taste of Steak through Research

Summer, sun and a BBQ grill. Just when you think you picked a good looking steak from out of the meat case, you slap it on the grill and it shrivels up to half its size in seconds flat. To make matters worse, it’s as tough as an old sneaker.  Preparing a tender steak has less to do with the roasting method than with the meat itself.

 

Sorting Systems

From UV to NIR: Sorting Systems that Use the Entire Visual Spectrum. Not only do we naturally expect to buy inexpensive food at the supermarket, but we also tend to assume it is being sold at the highest quality possible.

 

Fresh on the table with SAFEFRESH and sensors

In summer it is especially big again: The desire for freshness! Salad, fruit, vegetables - preferably practically pre-cut from the refrigerator. Together with freshly grilled fish and meat, a light menu for hot days is quickly conjured up. So that the enjoyment is not subsequently clouded by illnesses…

 

Pasteurizing Milk with Microwave Technology

The first step to preserving milk products is to kill some, if not all, of the natural microorganisms that the milk contains. This is done by heating the milk at high temperatures. This preservation process changes depending on the time-temperature profile.

Packaging Technology

 

Active Packaging

When it comes to quality, consumers make very high demands: They want ready-to use, pre-portioned foods that will remain fresh and retain their attractive appearance for days. This is particularly true as regards meat and cold cuts. However, while freshly slaughtered meat is virtually sterile, it generally becomes contaminated with microorganisms - feces from hides and skins, germs on tools, hands or in rinsing water - during subsequent cutting and processing stages...

 

 

Film coatings made from whey

From pre-packed Camembert to shrink-wrapped meat loaf – choosing the right packaging is a key issue in the food industry. Companies need to protect food products from oxygen, moisture and chemical and biological contamination while keeping them fresh for as long as possible. Transparent multilayer films, in which each layer offers specific benefits, are frequently used to protect food from contamination...
 

Optimization of the quality: food and oxygen

The demand for natural food products with a high degree of freshness is continuously growing. At the same time, distribution networks are becoming more and more extensive meaning that ever higher requirements are being put on the quality and shelf-life of food products.

 

Logistics

 

Smart sensors monitor food quality

The traceability of food or sensitive goods as pharmaceuticals becomes increasingly important, especially in times of globalized markets. With modern technology, production and logistic within the food industry can be monitored, documented and controlled efficiently and completely. Sensors play a major role..

 

 

Expert System Food Chain Management

Safe and high-quality food is becoming more and more important to consumers, making it an existential factor in competition among manufacturers and retailers. Existing analysis technology, however, is not in widespread use. The aim of the Food Chain Management research project is, therefore, to create an IT system that will provide information on require-ments and potential technology for use in the food chain...

Sustainability

 

SUSMILK - "Green Dairy"

Milk, quark and cheese are part of the daily food intake. How energy, water and carbon dioxide emissions can be saved in the production of such foodstuffs is what the just recently started EU Project SUSMILK shows. Under the leadership of Fraunhofer UMSICHT, 21 project partners are developing components that contribute to the sustainable processing of milk and a redesign of the dairy industry via their use in existing dairy infrastructures.

 

BioSUCK

The project BioSuck aims at establishing a decision support system (DSS) that forces a redesign of the food processing industry with regard to an optimized waste collection system. This shall work via vacuum lines and subsequent processing of concentrated waste into bioenergy or recycling of nutrients.

 

X-Ray & Optical Analysis

 

X-Ray and Optical Monitoring of Seeds and Plants

Plants are the common beginning of the food chain for humans and animals. The increasing use of cultivable land for the production of bioenergy is a growing challenge for seed producers and breeders...

 

Rapid testing of food quality with near infrared

Whether fruit, meat or cheese – the quality of food is not always as consumers would like it to be. But, in future, a spectrometer will allow them to gage the quality of food before they buy it. No bigger than a sugar cube, the device is inexpensive to manufacture and could one day even be installed in smartphones...
 

Optical Analysis Using Sheet-Of-Light Technology

The sheet-of-light method is based on a laser projecting a line on the object to be assessed, and a specialized camera recording the object at an angle. With the line following the curvature of the object, the surface coordinates of the line can be calculated...
 

Sorting Systems

From UV to NIR: Sorting Systems that Use the Entire Visual Spectrum. Not only do we naturally expect to buy inexpensive food at the supermarket, but we also tend to assume it is being sold at the highest quality possible.

 

FoodControl - For a better Food Quality

Tea e.g. promises enjoyment and well-being; this is confirmed by an annual consumption of approximately 17.000 t/year in Germany. To ensure this enjoyment, it must be processed to meet the highest quality requirements...

 

Smart sensors monitor food quality

The traceability of food or sensitive goods as pharmaceuticals becomes increasingly important, especially in times of globalized markets. With modern technology, production and logistic within the food industry can be monitored, documented and controlled efficiently and completely.  

 

 

A food lab on your phone

The topic "food scanner" is gaining in importance. The European Commission has also recognised the importance of this issue.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS in Dresden has filed a patent application for an idea that not only enables the analysis of foodstuffs with a smartphone.

Sensors and Micro System Technology

 

Low Cost Gas Chromatography Using Sensor Array for Food Screening Tests

Modern food production involves many complex processes that need to be controlled to ensure food safety and food quality. The proliferation of national and international guidelines, ordinances and laws on food quality and safety means that stricter controls through governmental agencies and/or in-house quality assurance systems (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, HACCP-concept) are required...
 

Rapid testing of food quality with near infrared

Whether fruit, meat or cheese – the quality of food is not always as consumers would like it to be. But, in future, a spectrometer will allow them to gage the quality of food before they buy it. No bigger than a sugar cube, the device is inexpensive to manufacture and could one day even be installed in smartphones...
 

Smart sensors monitor food quality

The traceability of food or sensitive goods as pharmaceuticals becomes increasingly important, especially in times of globalized markets. With modern technology, production and logistic within the food industry can be monitored, documented and controlled efficiently and completely.  

 

System for Inline Detection of Cherry Depitting

In typical industrial cherry depitting machinery approximately 100-150 cherries are depitted simultaneously with a cycle time of 1-2 seconds. Depitting is not always successful though, so it is possible for a part of a pit to remain inside the cherry. Eating a cherry with a partial pit remaining in the fruit can result in personal injury of the consumer. To minimize this risk, the depitting process can be monitored, and not successfully depitted cherries removed from the product stream.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

 

Smart sensors monitor food quality

The traceability of food or sensitive goods as pharmaceuticals becomes increasingly important, especially in times of globalized markets. With modern technology, production and logistic within the food industry can be monitored, documented and controlled efficiently and completely.