The automation of production involves “second generation” automation and monitoring systems, and selected proto-types that can be implemented in pilot-production.
In order to reduce manual labour, innovative technologies will be implemented to achieve a cost-effective production system through improved mechanization and automation, including digitalized visual monitoring of mealworm health.
The development will build on experiences from the on-going project SUSMEAL (ends July 2017),
ensuring that inVALUABLE will deliver ‘second generation’ solutions customized for the insect industry. The objective is to design a cost-effective automated system for rearing mealworms based on data-exchange to integrate an adaptive process control of the system (Industry 4.0). A selection of relevant prototypes (e.g. either for monitoring or handling operations) will be implemented in at least one of the planned pilot production facilities.