Campylobacter continues to be the most commonly reported gastrointestinal bacterial pathogen in humans in the EU and has been so since 2005. Whereas Salmonella is the second most common cause of foodborne diseases. The ameliorating effect of SonoSteam is well documented through several studies and SonoSteam has the potential to create great log reductions. However, when treating food surfaces, one has to find the optimal balance between achieving the best log reduction and avoiding visible skin changes. Sonosteam’s product, the IA Poultry, has successfully been developed to perform this delicate balance and SonoSteam has been part of the effort to reduce Campylobacter exposure to the UK customers. The equipment is currently installed at four locations in the UK and each equipment is treating nearly one million broilers every week.
The next step for Sonosteam is to use a connected 3D-printed test chicken together with a cloud enabled processing plant in order to have consistent data on usage and quality compliance, while also enabling for new maintenance services. Glaze is responsible for the development of the test chicken (embedded software, sensors and electronics) and cloud platform based on Microsoft Azure, where data from the processing plants and the chicken data are stored, processed and visualized for use by customers and SonoSteam. The processing plant sends data to the Azure cloud from a Schneider PLC and Microsoft Azure’s preconfigured “Remote Monitoring” solution has been utilized in order to reduce time-to-market and costs and the solution has been customized to SonoSteam’s need for an enterprise set-up with different levels of access and aggregated views on all customer sites.