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Digital Factories

Network meeting – for operation executives

15 September 2021 | 15:00 - 21:30

IFFI Event Digital Factories

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Fully automized manufacturing of food

During the meeting ‘Digital Factories’ we will touch on the digitization of our production facilities. What will be the impact of fully automated manufacturing on the skillset of our operators? In 2030 do we work with robots instead of colleagues? Will the transition to fully automated manufacturing make our operations more resilient against drastic changes in the global supply chains?

Data driven quality assurance and supplier audits

The COVID pandemic has accelerated the digital transition including that of the food processing industry.

The human factor is crucial in adapting and facilitating the digital transition in the factories. How can operators keep track of these changes and the development of the required knowledge? Capturing and transferring this knowledge from in-house experts to new colleagues is key. Especially, when this transfer has to be done ‘on the job’ without the downtime and failure costs.

But adapting and driving a change program to digitized food manufacturing requires full attention of plant and process management. How to incorporate Information Technology (software) in a full Operation Technology (hardware) manufacturing environment? And which conditions are key to drive a change program with digitized factories successfully?

FrieslandCampina and AVEBE, both manufacturers of food ingredients, share insights and experiences about automized manufacturing in food with operation executives.

Read the interview with our Friesland Campina speakers Hilde van der Ploeg and Ronald Jansen, to get a taste of what will be discussed during this meeting. Also interesting to read is the interview with Bas Gerrits of AVEBE, one of the speakers at the event.

15.00 hours

Arrival and Welcome

Halbe Vogel, IFFI

15.15 hours

Introduction of FrieslandCampina

Digitalization of food production

Hilde van der Ploeg, FrieslandCampina

Digitalization of operations

Ronald Jansen, FrieslandCampina

16.00 – 16.15 hours

Short break

16.15 hours

Knowledge capture and transfer

Wouter Schotborgh, Elicit Online

Results, benefits and way forward

Hilde van der Ploeg, FrieslandCampina


17.15 hours

Wrap up and networking

18.00 hours


19.15 hours

Smart manufacturing driving change

Factory 4.0 from OT/IT perspective

Jan Spijkerman, AVEBE

Roll out 1CCK program

Bas Gerrits, AVEBE


20.45 hours

Closure and networking

Halbe Vogel, IFFI

Wouter Schotborgh

Wouter Schotborgh has a acquired in 2009 a PhD on knowledge modeling and automation at the University of Twente. Thesis title” “Knowledge Engineering for Design Automation”.

In 2011 Wouter has established the company Elicit Online and from then put theory into practice. Elicit Online caputures and transfers knowledge fort he process and manufacturing  industry. How? With special software Elicit Online enables organizations to capture the valuable know-how of their experts very quickly in a structured manner. All essential knowledge of a process or machine is capturen and made available for specific roles. Training and deploying (new) employees more quickly, reducing downtime and increasing quality and output. Turning every employee into an expert.

Wouter Schotborgh

Hilde van der Ploeg

Hilde van der Ploeg has an extensive professional background in Processing Technology. In 2001 Hilde has acquired a MSc degree in Chemical Technology at the University of Twente and started working as Process Engineer for the engineering form Tebodin. After 8 years of developing chemical processes in a wide variety of industries such as oil & gas, chemical, food and biogas Hilde took on a more managerial role and as Department Manager Process became responsable for an extensive program of process related industry projects.

From 2015 onwards Hilde works as Manager Technology for FrieslandCampina and oversees the development, implementation and optimization of technolgy related projects on the manufacturing site in Beilen. Socalled Smart Manufacturing by combining hardware and software in production is crucial in increasing accuracy and quality of its processes. How to predict and steer the production process at times of variable input of raw materials?

Hilde van der Ploeg

Ronald Jansen

Ronald Jansen is Senior Processing Technologist for FrieslandCampina and already working for more than 14 years on complex processing topics.  Ronald has a background in Chemical Processing and graduated with a PhD degree at University Twente in 2005. Before joining FrieslandCampina Ronald worked with Wetsus (research program on water technology) and Fluxxion.


Jan Spijkerman

Jan is Manager Manufacturing IT for AVEBE assuring that automized manufacturing will become ‘common practice’ in a continuous production environment. Jan is implementing IT solutions in manufacturing processes to steer the digitization of manufacturing as a whole. Before joining AVEBE in 2015 Jan has spent 23 years as Project leader ICT System engineer for Bolletje. Experiencing the digitization of manufacturing in food from its earliest days, both from a BtC and a BtB perspective.

Jan Spijkerman - spreker bij het IFFI

Bas Gerrits

For more than 3 years Bas is working for AVEBE in different management roles in operations at the Ter Apelkanaal site. In his current role as Site Operatons and Logistics Manager Bas oversees all aspects production. And facilitates the transition of digitized manufacturing at this production plant. Before joining AVEBE Bas spent more than 14 years working for FrieslandCampina overlooking production and plant management.

Bas Gerrits - spreker bij het IFFI

The meeting is for Manufacturing and Supply Chain executives in the food (ingredients) industry sharing insights and best practices in the food ingredients industry.


Registration is open for members and non-members:

  • IFFI Members: participation is covered by the membership fee. *
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  • Non-members: € 150,- (excl. VAT)

* IFFI members are employed by the IFFI member companies


De Havixhorst
Schiphorsterweg 36
7966 AC De Schiphorst (bij Meppel)


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15 September 2021
15:00 - 21:30
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+31 (6) 254 333 96


De Havixhorst
Schiphorsterweg 36
De Schiphorst, 7966 AC Netherlands
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