PepsiCo

Seeking alternative measuring devices with improved method error for use in water and beverage matrices

Posted by PepsiCoResponsive · Specific Technical Innovation · Project Size Range : 250,000 - 1,000,000 € · Deadline at 04/12/2020 · United States

Desired outcome

We are interested in identifying alternative measuring devices with improved method error for use in water and beverage matrices. Currently, plants use conductivity, timers, and/or flowmeters to determine when a flavor is ‘changed-over’ or residual chemical is present.

PepsiCo

Details of the Technology Call

We are interested in identifying alternative measuring devices with improved method error for use in water and beverage matrices. Currently, plants use conductivity, timers, and/or flowmeters to determine when a flavor is ‘changed-over’ or residual chemical is present.

The current method presents difficulties because it is unable to detect changes in water quality; conductivity, absorbance, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), etc.

The proposed sensor would have a more accurate measurement than current conductivity sensors. The capability of having an inline sensor (measures fluid in the pipe) would provide instantaneous feedback control to optimize rinse times, materials, and utilities. The CIP sensors would support chemical, water, and total line efficiency savings expanding across PepsiCo plants.

  1. Key Success Criteria:

Must-Haves

  • Inline sensor
    • Must be able to withstand CIP conditions (e.g. if inline in a tank)
      • Temperature ≥ 185℉
      • High flow rates (Turbulent flow)
      • High chemical concentrations, conductivity
    • Must be a sanitary design if it will come into contact with the product (e.g. in a tank headspace)
  • Real-time detection
  • Data storage capability
    • Frequent data collection for results and analysis
    • Capable of storing and easy transfer of data
  • Sensitivity and detection limit
    • Capable of detecting when a change occurs instantly and accurately (high sensitivity and low detection limit)
  • Quantify specific compound, conductivity, absorbance, etc.
  • Integrate software to PEP software
    • Display and transfer data to PLC and HMI
      • Allen Bradley, Siemens
  • Calibration of sensor
  • Easy installation of the sensor
  • Preventative/predictive maintenance program
    • Low or annual maintenance (use frequently with maximum accuracy and no disturbance)
  • Proof of concept testing

Nice-to-Haves

  • Custom software/solutions to update and learn PEP system
  • Commercial ready solution

Preferred Collaboration Types

Collaboration types are to be negotiated and PepsiCo will consider solutions from start-ups through to commercial-ready technologies.

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About PepsiCo

Large Enterprise from United States

PepsiCo is one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies with a collection of global brands including Pepsi and Quaker, Gatorade and Tropicana, Frito-Lay and beyond. Our broad range of more than 3,000 delicious products offer consumers convenient, nutritious and affordable options in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. We generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

PepsiCo External Innovation is an upstream, externally facing, department within PepsiCo R&D. We actively scout for, identify and develop strategic partnerships with external collaborators. Our goal is to locate key external insights, business models and technical unlocks and new capabilities that, when partnered with PepsiCo’s robust internal R&D expertise, will yield disruptive innovation in our core products and/or new and emerging products. We are currently exploring novel technology spaces that can dramatically impact our portfolio of foods and beverages. We are interested in improving all facets of our supply chain—from raw material inputs all the way to the consumer consumption—and identifying global efficiencies in areas including crop science, ingredients, processing, packaging, equipment, distribution/fleet, retail and e-commerce. We are also committed to sustainability for our planet and our communities.

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