Partnership between Unilever, Tetra Pak and ABB
“Unilever stands for knowledge of the product, Tetra Pak knows the processes and we from ABB provides specialist knowledge for control and monitoring,” says Magnus Högstedt, responsible for the food and beverage branch at ABB. “All three of us have been collaborating for many years. In this project, Tetra Pak has functioned as the contact with the customer and we from ABB have served as the subcontractor,” says Magnus Högstedt.
“Besides our close collaboration with Unilever for many years, thanks to our partner agreement, we and ABB have continuous communication about which systems are on the market,” says Magnus Ramstedt, responsible for automation sales at Tetra North Europe. “It was therefore natural that the initial contact was made between Unilever and us. Tetra Pak ultimately received the order and then collaborated with ABB in the delivery.”
“It can be easier to stay with the same product family, and by doing so, we could retain a portion of the old system,” says Jonas Ekenberg.
From this point, things moved rather quickly. Two operators from Unilever were sent to Tetra Pak for training in the 800xA system. They in turn, trained the other seven operators.
“We’re responsible for process-related control and system software,” says Magnus Högstedt. “Tetra Pak has handled project management and planning, design of operator interfaces, batch control and traceability via their automation concept Tetra PlantMaster, which was specifically configured for liquid foodstuffs production.”