Digitalisation on the workfloor - impact and support opportunities for food industry operators
The overall goal of the Operator 4.0 project is to prepare companies in the food industry to be the factory of the future in a digital world. The introduction of digitisation has a greater impact than a mere technological investment decision. Especially in the food industry, where companies now work with briefly or low-skilled workers, it is important that these companies can continue to work with these same briefly or low-skilled workers without lowering their well-being at work or lowering the productivity of the companies. This means that operator-supporting techniques and methodologies must be used.

Project duration: April 2020 - June 2023

In this project, the state of the art of the technology is applied and demonstrated in generic cases, after they have been adapted to the specific needs of food companies that are different from those of other industries due to hygiene, humid production areas, various temperatures, etc.

The impact of digitisation on the workplace is also more far-reaching than that; it changes all the existing relationships in a company. For example, the relationship between operators and their current managers is changing, and the function and role of staff members and support departments (maintenance, quality, shift leaders) also change considerably, especially if the autonomy of the processes is placed at the level of the machines themselves. That's why, along with the introduction of operator support techniques, this project pays close attention to the impact of digitisation on the organisation of work. In this project, the problems and opportunities are identified, and applied and demonstrated through generic cases.


The economic impact for food companies is that they can maintain their competitive position and even grow with the same number of employees (labour cost) without sacrificing productivity or quality.

The economic impact for the technology companies is that operator-supporting technology can be offered and sold. For the organisational consultants, it means a market creation of food companies that want to adapt their work organisation to the digital world.  

The activities, demonstrators and tools developed in Part A will create a leverage effect, inspiring and motivating a broad target group of companies to get to work within their specific business context in the form of cases in Part B.

This can be done, including in the form of SME portfolios, R&D projects, and European support. The financial support of Alimento will be an important incentive for carrying out cases at food companies. Companies may also decide to start an internal enterprise project.    

Target group
Companies from the food industry

Operator 4.0

Project partners


01/02/2020 – 31/01/2023
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