Special Issue "Industry 4.0 and Disruptive Technologies in Food Processing and Bioprocessing: Sustainability and Measurement of Footprints"

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Digital and Other Processes".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Režek Jambrak
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Guest Editor
Dr. Nedeljko Štefanić
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Pierottijeva 6, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: Production Management; digitizing of European industry, Agriculture, Health and Care
Dr. Sergiy Smetana
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Guest Editor
DIL Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e. V., German Institute of Food Technologies, Prof.-von-Klitzing-Str. 7, D-49610 Quakenbrück, Germany
Interests: insect production; insects for food and feed; life-cycle assessment; sustainability of insect cultivation; modeling of insect production
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability is a popular buzzword and every industry is looking for ways in which they can be associated with it. Industrial revolutions are experiencing a revival through the development of robotics and artificial intelligence methods for food processing, logistics, packaging, etc. Increases in the production and transportation of goods in turn triggers increases in massive production, amounts of waste, energy usage, carbon emissions and other impacts on the environment associated with indirect rebound effects. There are strategies in the European Union and action plans in different national developments that require setting up a process and a functioning institutional structure. As stated in Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of this Special Issue is to emphasize the potential of the application of elements of Industry 4.0 in food processing and bioprocessing, as well as to map the readiness of industries and factories to become “smart”. The short review will bring, to the reader, new information on the application of nonthermal technologies and advanced thermal technologies, with the aim of founding future smart factories in the food processing and bioprocessing industry. The necessity lies in the green, lean, and smart solutions in assuring food processing with a low impact on the environment, low energy, and a low carbon/waste/water footprint. The potential in the positioning of disruptive technologies will highlight the efficient application of nonthermal and advanced thermal processing in line, and be consistent with the dictations of Industry 4.0 and sustainable development strategic guidelines.

Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak
Prof. Dr. Nedeljko Štefanić
Dr. Sergiy Smetana
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Processes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • disruptive technologies
  • Industry 4.0
  • digitalization in food and bioprocessing
  • tools and software
  • sustainability parameters
  • carbon
  • water
  • waste footprint

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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