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COPA-DATA to host online sessions for food and beverage industry: Trail of transformation webinar series

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Industrial software supplier COPA-DATA is launching a webinar series to offer practical advice and guidance on digital transformation for production and plant optimization in the food and beverage industry. The series will take place over three weeks in November, with one 30-minute power session taking place each week. COPA-DATA UK managing director, Martyn Williams will introduce the first webinar in the series on Thursday, November 11, 2021. To secure a place, register on the COPA-DATA website.

The webinars will explore areas of digital transformation in the food and beverage industry and discuss how businesses can use tools, like zenon, to optimize their production, with a focus on innovation, digitalization and sustainability. Led by COPA-DATA’s specialists, attendees can expect a valuable guide to transformation with industry insights, expert advice and customer case studies.

The power sessions will be delivered by COPA-DATA food and beverage industry manager Emilian Axinia, the COPA-DATA food and beverage industry manager. Emilian has over 20 years of experience in engineering and automation projects in the food and beverage industry. Since joining COPA-DATA in 2007, his focus has been to develop the business in this area using his comprehensive knowledge of the unique challenges it faces.

The first of the sessions will be held on Thursday, November 11 at 10:00am (GMT). The webinar, entitled “From Pilot to Rollout, for optimizing packaging processes” will introduce transformation in the industry, along with how the implementation of a line efficiency system has benefited brewery group, Molson Coors, in their operations. Attendees will learn the key areas for product and process innovation for fluid supply chains and how they can apply the processes used in the case studies to their own business.

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Session two, “A digitalization tree growing on production data humus”, will take place on Thursday, November 18. The webinar will also examine the benefits of leveraging manufacturing data through a case study about how drink and brewing company AB-InBev leverage plant floor data to improve processes, and the lessons in optimization that can be learned from this for other companies.

The series will conclude on Thursday, November 25 with “Why software frees up teams’ creativity for improvements”. This webinar will discuss how using platforms such as zenon can enable companies to dedicate their creativity and skill to driving growth. This session will cover the final stage of your transformation journey and the industries commitment to carbon-neutral operations, focusing on a study on how Carlsberg targeted CO2 neutrality in their operation. Sustainability is an increasing priority for many industries, and this case study will explore how food and beverage businesses can become more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Expert Insights

Each session will also include a Q&A, where attendees will have the opportunity to consult COPA-DAT’s experts on how zenon may support them on their journey. Martyn Williams will introduce the sessions, drawing on his years of experience in business management and his background in field sales and engineering to give attendees insight into how they can transform their business.

“These webinars offer a fantastic opportunity for food and beverage companies to learn more about successful digitalization. We use case studies focusing on real world success stories in this industry with proven results to illustrate the impact digital tools can make to a business,” explained Martyn. “The online platform also makes these sessions accessible to anyone working in the industry who might benefit”.

Industry COPA-DATA experts contributing to the webinar series include Alexander Fröhlich, a food and beverage industry, who has been with the company for over a decade, applying his skills in technical product management and application package creation. Also joining the sessions will be specialist Andreas Grün, to help attendees to plan and execute their transformation journey using his knowledge of the food and beverage industry. Finally, Head of key account management Bernhard Ebert will also be in attendance, offering advice and guidance on digitalization.

The Trail of Transformation webinar series offers a unique opportunity to learn more about key areas for digital transformation specifically aimed at food and beverage. Ready to learn more? Register for the webinar series here. The first event will take place on November 11, 10:00am (GMT).


COPA-DATA is an independent software manufacturer that specializes in digitalization for the manufacturing industry and energy sector. Its zenon® software platform enables users worldwide to automate, manage, monitor, integrate and optimize machines, equipment, buildings and power grids. COPA-DATA combines decades of experience in automation with the potential of digital transformation. In this way, the company supports its customers to achieve their objectives more easily, faster and more efficiently.
The family-owned business was founded by Thomas Punzenberger in 1987 in Salzburg, Austria. In 2020, with more than 300 employees worldwide, it generated revenue of EUR 54 million.

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