Artificial intelligence saves time and energy for food processing companies

An artificially-intelligent cleaning system being developed in the UK could slash the cost of food and drink production, while significantly reducing water and energy usage. The AI system, which precisely monitors levels of dirt on equipment to ensure it cleans them effectively, could save the UK industry £100m, its developers claim. Existing technology used by the food and drink industry to clean processing equipment without disassembling it cannot measure exactly how dirty the vessels are inside, meaning companies can clean for up to five hours each day to prevent contamination. As a result, cleaning can account for around 30 per cent of the industry’s energy and water use. The AI system, being developed by Derbyshire-based cleaning technology specialist Martec of Whitwell, in collaboration with Nottingham and Loughborough Universities, will use…


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