Aavin Dairy boosts its efficiency with Schneider Electric

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Schneider Electric has completed its project at Aavin Dairy, implementing technology that will boost its performance in the Indian dairy industry.

Aavin Dairy is a co-operative institution of the Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers’ Federation Limited (TCMPF Ltd.) whose objective is to promote the economic development of the farming community by procurement of milk from villages, processing of milk and manufacturing of milk products.

The dairy has installed Schneider Electric’s IoT enabled architecture, EcoStruxure Hybrid DCS, to improve productivity levels of its manufacturing unit. It is a single automation system to engineer, operate, and maintain the entire infrastructure for a sustainable, productive and market-agile plant. It is a scalable and flexible system architecture for future capacity expansion, ensuring object-based programming using specific libraries for liquid food processing, and for easy maintenance and operation.

Dr. S Selvaraj, general manager CDCMPU Ltd (Aavin) said: “We wanted to improve on the accuracy in milk processing and uniformity in end product quality as well as our plant’s operational efficiency, flexibility and scalability. EcoStruxure Hybrid DCS helped us achieve this while improving our operational efficiency by 50% since all the data is monitored and visualised and turned into actionable insights. This has improved asset management and energy efficiency, further increasing processing capacity from 0.2 to 0.3 million litres per day and with the capacity to reach 0.5 million litres.”

Latish Babu, head of strategic customers & segments, Greater India Zone said: “To surpass EU levels of production and become the largest dairy producer by 2020, India needs strong business models and robust scalability in this industry. The change in consumer habits and marketplace is increasingly shaping the demands in the F&B segment and manufacturers are faced with challenges of producing competitive, profitable, safe and desirable products. Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure aims at addressing these by powering the F&B including the dairy industry with advanced digital technologies that ensure transparency, security, regulatory compliance and reliability.”

India’s dairy industry is on a high growth path with a 15% compounded annual growth (CAGR) expected over 2016-2020 and is set to outperform global production according to a report by Edelweiss. The country is expected to surpass the European Union to emerge as the largest dairy producer by 2020.

Acknowledging the growth of the dairy sector in the country, the government of India has implemented the Central Scheme National Dairy Plan to improve productivity of dairy co-operatives. Investment by private players, and adoption of automation and new technology are expected to further augment milk productivity.

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