Facilitate and accelerate the implementation of known, but not yet fully exploited (smart) technology
ILVO and Flanders’ FOOD have been running the Food Pilot (http://www.foodpilot.be) together since 2009, an application and analysis centre in Melle, where agro-food companies improve their products and processes and demonstrations of innovative technologies are held.
This project is geared towards expanding the Food Pilot as a ‘living lab’ in the food industry to accelerate the implementation of smart technology. A ‘living lab’ forms the ideal environment for companies to gain inspiration through tests and demonstrations. The living lab also aims to demonstrate innovative developments from other sectors to the agro-food companies to help make the transformation to an agro-food industry 4.0.
This living lab is part of a series of INDUSTRY 4.0 experimental locations financed by the Flemish Government (https://www.industrie40vlaanderen.be/).
With this living lab industry 4.0 we want to, in the first place, raise awareness with food companies of all sizes – from SME to large companies – about existing and upcoming data management technologies. As a meeting place, the living lab is also perfect for matching the needs and demands of agro-food companies and the technology developers, integrators, machine builders and software providers. This project also offers:
Flanders’ FOOD manages and coordinates the project. ILVO is responsible for the execution.