Speeding innovation for industry
Article | Biotechnology
Food crop industry
The 21st-century food manufacturing industry must reduce water consumption and limit greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring that their products are healthy, nutritious, and appetizing.
CEA Tech is taking a “factory of the future” (FoF) approach to these challenges, addressing the entire food manufacturing process from crop to supermarket. Advances in cobotics and production line instrumentation will make factory workers’ jobs safer and easier and improve process quality. Other CEA Tech research will help make factories more energy efficient.
CEA Tech technologies can also contribute to the final product; these include smart packaging, online consumer feedback tools, and early detection of pathogens.
The performance of systems used to identify volatile compounds has been enhanced substantially thanks to research conducted under the Essaim project. Improvements were made to both the sensors and the data acquisition and processing methods.
Leti, a CEA Tech institute, is coordinating the development of ISO standards for microfluidics. The goal is to speed up research and development in a field where design rules are often proprietary and empirical.
Connecting Food and List, a CEA Tech institute, have joined forces to improve quality control in the food manufacturing industry. Their solution, which leverages blockchain technology, can certify the monitoring of products from the production line to the consumer’s refrigerator.
A curved sensor that limits the number of lenses required in optical equipment was recently developed. The new sensor reduces the volume of camera modules by half, creating opportunities for the manufacturers of cameras, smartphones, and other optical systems.
In research conducted in partnership with Naval Group, Liten, a CEA Tech institute, successfully implemented a laser powder-bed fusion additive manufacturing process on a 316LN stainless steel alloy. This is the first time additive manufacturing has been used to produce 316LN parts.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.