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ABB supports future of the Canadian food industry

By Canadian Packaging staff   

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ABB group senior vice-president and general manager of global food and beverage applications Markus Brettschneider presented at National Food Technology Event in Canada.

Global automation and robotics expert ABB attended the National Food Technology Event held in Montreal, September 13-14, 2017.

Organized by the Canadian government and the Food Processing Council of Quebec (Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec, aka CTAQ), ABB group senior vice-president and general manager of global food and beverage applications Markus Brettschneider presented to crowd on the event’s first day.

The event is the first of its kind from the CTAQ and was an opportunity for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as large companies to learn about the government’s plans for ensuring sustainability of the Canadian food industry.

Focusing on key industry topics such as automation, Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence, the two-day event provided businesses with knowledge on how to reach out to international markets.


In addition to presenting at the conference, key leaders of the food and beverage team of ABB Canada hosted a technology immersion tour of the new ABB campus and Customer Innovation Centre in Montreal, which opened in May 2017.

The primary focus of the tour was to show guests how ABB’s Ability digitalization platform can be used by businesses to develop key performance indicators (KPIs) around cost, safety, quality and sustainability, with a series of presentations and workshops.

“Digitalization is a key topic that many of our food and beverage customers across Canada discuss with us,” explains ABB Canada president Nathalie Pilon. “As consumer buying habits change and the demand for greater choice grows, our customers are looking at how to ensure they can quickly adapt their manufacturing processes to deliver the quality products that consumers are demanding.”

ABB launched its ABB Ability solutions earlier in 2017. The platform brings together a selection of digital technologies that food and beverage plant engineers can integrate into their systems to improve process and plant safety. The offering includes technologies such as ABB’s smart sensors for motors, which bring connectivity to existing industrial motors, as well as automation systems and manufacturing execution systems (MES) to maximize production efficiency and traceability.

“The food and beverage industry alone brought in 32.3 billion dollars in exports to Canada in 2016. With ABB’s technologies, more businesses can optimize their current strategies and compete with businesses on a global scale,” states CTAQ president Daniel Vielfaure. “The National Food Technology Event is the first of its kind in Canada and is an opportunity for businesses and those working in the industry to see first-hand how the technologies work in food applications.”

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ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry, and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees. Company information available at


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