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What do industry 4.0 and digitalization mean for the milling industry? 
Why is it worthwhile for you to make your way to the digital mill? Here you will find the answers.

Milling industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 stands for the "fourth industrial revolution". The first industrial revolution was characterized by mechanization, the second by mass production and the third by automation. The milling industry has also gone through these three phases and is now facing the fourth revolution.

From the automated to the digital mill

Modern mills are largely automated. This means that they are controlled centrally. Most of the individual processes run independently.

Digitalization goes a big step further as mills will be equipped with additional services in the future. These services and data make it possible to monitor and analyze every step of the mill's work process using the Internet of Things - e.g. yield data, electricity consumption, environmental conditions or product characteristics such as water absorption or ash content.

The goal is the smart mill, in which all data is consistently collected and evaluated to enable autonomous operation of a mill. In the first stages results become comparable - over time and between different locations. You can set benchmarks, detect anomalies and estimate trends. Then actions are carried out automatically on the basis of the information obtained. The smart mill continuously optimizes itself and learns new things.

Your "intuition" and process know-how as a miller will remain indispensable in the future. The digitalization of the mill provides you with important characteristic data and helps you to make the right decisions even faster.

What are the benefits of digitalization?

A survey conducted by the IT company Cisco Systems among companies from 17 different industrial sectors has shown that the following advantages can be achieved by using so-called digital services:



less downtime


less errors


less energy consumption


more overall system effectiveness

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