Printed Intelligence as Part of the Technologies Maintaining Safe Food Industry and Production Chain
University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Science, Natural Resources Institute Finland, and VTT are part of the PrintoFood project aiming to develop new solution and techniques to improve the efficiency and the safety of the food production chain. One of the project's key factors is utilizing printed intelligence and structural electronics in development of autonomous systems that are maintaining the cleanliness, self-sufficiency, and safety of the food production chain.
Well-functioning and safe food chain is one of the most important systems that is maintaining the basic needs of society and it has an influence on every consumer. Fresh ingredients and healthy food must be produced more effectively without overloading the food production industry and the environment. One approach for such development is the utilization of autonomous monitoring and sensoring systems to further improve the efficiency of the production but also to minimize the waste. PrintoFood aims for sustainable and green development of the new autonomous monitoring systems and technologies to be utilized in food production chain by combining electrically functional, organic materials with additive manufacturing technologies.
The objectives of the project:
- Acknowledge the needs of the food industry and bring the industry to apply PrintoCent business cluster technology solution and generate development in the field of printed intelligence.
- Create research and development environments capable of providing design, manufacturing, and testing for technologies and products relevant for food industry safety.
- Generate scientific knowledge of printed and structural electronics in different parts of the food industry and increase the visibility of Finland as leading ecosystem of printed intelligence.
Research partners within the project have an extensive expertise ranging from food safety and life cycle assessment to electronics research and development environments, capable of providing proper design, manufacturing, and testing environments. Project partners are aiming to build a technological development environment, providing scientific information, and including the knowledge and the capabilities essential for the research and development, starting from the simulation and designing processes to manufacturing and testing of complete systems.
Originally released: 8.10.2021