What began in Freising as a process-control light pen has now come full circle and is back at Steinecker: As of last year, the Krones subsidiary is once again fully managing, supporting, and refining this latest version of the system, Botec F1.
The Steinecker team now responsible for Botec has set some ambitious goals: They want to make the process control system fit for the future, with innovations that will help drive the evolution of modern automation technology. The focus here is, of course, on the overarching goal of assisting companies in the food and beverage industry – so they can run batch production with secure, dependable, and reproducible – and therefore sustainable – results.
The team has created a clear roadmap based on their collected knowledge of customer requirements, current trends, and strategic considerations, taking into equal account all stakeholders involved in the product lifecycle. Steinecker intends to follow this roadmap systematically, in phases, in the years ahead and thus fulfill their expectations of themselves and of the Botec system.
Botec development roadmap: barrier-free access, user-friendly operation, and transparency
All of the Botec projects that have so far been completed in collaboration with breweries, dairies, and water, soft-drink, and spirits producers have made one thing quite clear: Successful implementation, reliable operation, and comprehensive information management across all levels of control and data processing can only occur when many actors work together in concert. It takes software engineers for the initial installation of the process control system; operating personnel, shift supervisors, and managers at the production plant, and providers of higher-level IT systems for consistent vertical integration. Each of these groups faces a unique set of challenges and therefore places specific demands on the system as a whole. Steinecker takes every one of them seriously and has derived from them three main development paradigms: barrier-free access, user-friendly operation, and transparency.