Arla Foods:
A Software Standardization Case Study

How Arla Foods leveraged software standardization to reduce commissioning time by 50%

Machine Integration

Arla Foods does not have a technology centre - they purchase machines from many suppliers around the world and integrate them into a production/packaging line system.

Their challenge is to work with OEMs to create machines which can be integrated into lines easier and faster.

Packaging Line Example

A typical packaging line at Arla Foods is made up of 9 machines from 7 suppliers located in 4 countries.

All of these machines have to be integrated into a production line horizontally and vertically using special purpose interfaces for each OEM.

Typical packaging line


Arla Foods frequently faced these challenges when integrating machines into their lines

Software Consistency

There was no consistency in the automation software of different machines. This includes different machines provided by the same OEM.

Integration Issues

Each machine had a bespoke horizontal and vertical interface. This made it difficult to integrate new machines in a line.


Each machine had a unique operating and reporting concept. This meant that operator and technician training had to be provided for each machine.

Software Standardization Saves the Day

Arla Foods worked with OEMs to create a standard software architecture and machine interface.

This interface is based on PackML for the interface between machines and the SCADA system and Make2Pack for the automation software architecture.

The benefits reported by Arla Foods and their OEMs are remarkable.

End User Benefits of Standardization

OEM Benefits of Standardization

What Can Standardization Do for You?

By standardizing your machines and interfaces, you can increase the quality of your machines and your capacity to deliver machines to your customers.

At KB Controls, we have more than 5 years experience of standardizing our clients' solutions. With Vanderlande, we defined the standard modules that were used to deliver large material handling systems to clients around the world. These standard modules have been used by more than 30 engineers in 3 countries to deliver 7 large projects valued at more than 200 million euros in record time.

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