Modelling, simulation and economical evaluation of dry food manufacture at different production scales

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  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Manchester


In this work, a modelling platform by which different manufacturing scenarios can be assessed both in terms of their financial performance and energy demand is presented. The production of a dried food product (cereal baby porridge) has been chosen as case study and four production scales were assessed: (i) Homemade, (ii) Food Incubator (FI), (iii) Distributed Net (DN) and (iv) Plant & Multi-plant Production, with throughput values ranging from 0.5 kg/h to 6500 kg/h. The proposed tool has been also applied to the UK dry baby food demand scale. Results show that DN represents the most convenient scale up to 275 kg/h of production rate, achieving similar profitability than centralised scenarios but providing more flexibility to product demand shifts.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication27th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering
EditorsAntonio Espuña, Moisès Graells, Luis Puigjaner
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2017
Event27th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 1 Oct 20175 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
ISSN (Print)1570-7946


Conference27th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering
Abbreviated titleESCAPE-27


  • Decentralised manufacturing, Dry food, Food processing, Simulation