News

29.10.2019
The draft standard E DIN EN 17432 Packaged refrigerating units for walk-in cold rooms - Classification, performance and energy consumption testing has been published with the issue date 2019-11.
23.10.2019
The meeting of the Working Group on Cooking and Smoking Systems will take place on 28 November 2019.
01.10.2019
Is there a "decision tree for material types and sets of rules"?
01.10.2019
90 member companies answered our questions about OPC UA. Half of the member companies deal with the topic or are actively working on its implementation.
04.09.2019
"Silicone rubber materials and products for food contact."
28.08.2019
T-pieces, bends and reducers for aseptic applications
08.07.2019
Cosmetic improvement for Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association as well as Process Plant and Equipment Association
26.06.2019
It is foreseeable that consumption data for packaging systems will be requested more and more frequently in future. But how can data from different manufacturers be compared? Can the data be transferred to the conditions in user operation? Do they stand up to scrutiny? VDMA 8751: 2019-03 "Filling and packaging machines - Specification and measurement of energy and media consumption" provides the basis for answering these questions.
28.05.2019
The question is: What about plastic food materials for infants?
17.05.2019
At IFFA, Gerhard Müller was retired from the Albert Handtmann Maschinenfabrik in Biberach as a long-standing member of the Steering Committee for Food Processing Machinery Technology (LK-T).
18.04.2019
The Risk Assessment Seminar took place on 10 April 2019.
16.04.2019
The reports of a number of completed research projects can be requested at the office.
15.04.2019
Uniform implementation of OPC UA in food and packaging machines - this is possible. The basis is the porting of the established Weihenstephan standards into an OPC UA Companion Specification. The VDMA initiatives inspired hundreds of conference visitors.
04.04.2019
The European Chamber has started an update for the 2019-2020 position paper. VDMA Food processing and packaging machinery association gives input.
18.02.2019
The European Commission launched a public consultation on 11 February 2019. Contributions are possible until 6 May 2019.
15.02.2019
It is foreseeable that consumption data for packaging systems will be requested more and more frequently in future. But how can data from different manufacturers be compared? Can the data be transferred to the conditions in user operation? Do they stand up to scrutiny? VDMA 8751: 2019-03 "Filling and packaging machines - Specification and measurement of energy and media consumption" provides the basis for answering these questions.
23.01.2019
"List of missing substances" submitted for elastomers/silicone
15.01.2019
"Passive" devices and heat exchangers in the area of application
09.01.2019
In 2019 there will also be two Risk Assessment Seminars, on the 10.4.2019 and the 08.10.2019.
07.01.2019
The Lighthouse Project 2018: Scientists from Erlangen and Munich have jointly developed the innovative VKB baking oven technology for energy-efficient and time-saving baking
12.12.2018
The third edition of VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Document No. 2 has been published recently.
21.11.2018
For the sixth time, the Risk Assessment Seminar was successfully held in October.
20.11.2018
The VDMA Specification looks at flat film to be processed on tubular bag and sealed- edge bag forming, filling and sealing machines. Quality appraisal criteria have been collated for these films and foils and minimum requirements compiled for these criteria which, when fulfilled, usually warrant troublefree operation of the aforementioned machines.
13.11.2018
Overview of selected standards currently being processed
13.11.2018
Use of pulsating and alternating flow for cleaning-in-place (CIP) of membranes
13.11.2018
Information on application procedure to add substances to official lists
02.11.2018
ISO/TC 313 launches WG 1 with standard on general requirements
23.10.2018
As part of the joint research initiative initiated by the German Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, promising sensor technologies are being further developed to prototype maturity and evaluated under practical conditions according to uniform criteria. A project volume of 1.85 million euros is available to the five participating research institutes for this purpose.
06.08.2018
On the website of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the "Draft for the revision of the First General Administrative Provision of the Federal Immission Control Act", Technical Instructions for Air Quality Control (TA Luft), dated 16 July 2018, is available.
26.07.2018
On the occasion of the presentation of the draft of Sheet 5 of VDI 4066 on the subject of process control, the VDI invites to an expert forum in Düsseldorf on 5 December 2018.
23.07.2018
News from science and practice on the subject of operator assistance systems with workshop on machine learning. Discount for VDMA members.
23.07.2018
News from science and practice on the subject of cleaning.
05.07.2018
The new ISO TC 313 Packaging Machinery was founded faster than expected on the initiative of European packaging machine associations and standardization organizations.
29.06.2018
Energy and utility media consumption of packaging machinery is dependent on the operation pattern of the machine system considered. This VDMA standard sheet defines key figures and machine performance levels for which average energy and media consumption could be specified related to defined boundary conditions. Based on these specifications the expected energy- and media consumption could be calculated for a given production pattern. The calculated consumption could be verified by measurement of energy and media consumption in the course of an acceptance run of the machine system.
01.06.2018
Personalized medicine is in the process of profoundly changing the global health care system. This does not only apply to the customary individualized treatment of cancer diseases today, but also to the entire spectrum of drug therapy and all pharmaceutical forms. This is shown by a future scenario outline commissioned by the VDMA.
30.05.2018
A new draft of EN 12331 meat grinders has been developed and will be published shortly. Positive feedback is expected.
24.05.2018
This VDMA-specification provides two concepts for the determination of the yield of tablet presses. The (overall) yield of a tablet press is distinguished from the technical yield of a tablet press whereas for the calculating of the technical yield only product losses related to the processing unit ‘tablet press’ are considered.
23.05.2018
Draft published, comments until: 2018-09-11
14.05.2018
Participation with financial participation possible
09.05.2018
The question remains unchanged: Can several certificates be combined?
09.05.2018
A new draft of the 4th BImSchV for the implementation of the MCP Directive is now available.
02.05.2018
Currently, EN 16855-2 is in the final survey before publication and will be published shortly.
14.03.2018
A new list of harmonized standards for the Machinery Directive has been published in the Official Journal of the EU.
14.03.2018
The error of the European Commission has been corrected. The European safety standard EN 12331:2003 A2:2010 for meat mincers has been harmonized again.
07.03.2018
Additional information: Enamels and ceramic materials in contact with drinking water - Comment until 2018-04-27
The VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association publishes a Newsletter Industry 4.0. In it you will find selected industry 4.0 information on the topic from the VDMA and our partner network.
23.02.2018
VDMA NuV moderated a workshop within the Round Table Industry 4.0 of the Transfer Initiative RLP. The food industry, mechanical engineering and science exchanged ideas.
23.02.2018
Request for supplement in Chinese GB 9685-2016, Food Safety Standard for Uses of Additives in Food Contact Materials and Articles
19.01.2018
The Food Machinery and Packaging Machinery Association has published a position paper on materials and articles for contact with gases for food applications dated 4 October 2016.
22.12.2017
Materials for food contact in the EU have been under discussion for years. We answer the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) exclusively for VDMA members.
14.12.2017
In January the draft of an amendment to the currently valid version DIN EN 12042:2014-07 Dough dividing machines appears.
06.10.2017
In July 2017, the member companies of the Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery Association were surveyed about their industry 4.0 activities, which gave our association a more differentiated picture than the broader Impulse Industry 4.0 Readiness Study from 2015.
14.09.2017
On 6 September 2017, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) held an event to provide information on noise emission data in accordance with the Machinery and "Outdoor" Directives.
07.09.2017
Amendment to the Directive on the promotion of waste heat prevention and waste heat recovery in commercial enterprises of 25 August 2017
07.09.2017
Stainless steel components for aseptic applications in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries
04.09.2017
The Riboflavin test is used for testing cleanability ( wettability) of open equipment. The VDMA information sheet was published by VDMA Process Plant and Equipment Industry Association in 2007 and is available in German and English.
01.09.2017
Presentation explaining the determination of the technical specific Adjustment Process Time rsp. EquippingTime according to VDMA 8752
16.08.2017
The current revision of EN 1974 was delayed shortly before its completion by the submission of initial comments. The hygiene areas are under criticism.
16.08.2017
In the future, the GIRL (Odour Immission Directive) will probably be included as Annex 7 in the new TA Luft, which is currently being revised. The new VDI draft serves as a decision-making aid for the necessity of
15.08.2017
Something is happening in the safety standardization of packaging machines. In this update we inform you about selected points.
03.08.2017
For the time being, the new guideline for the Machinery Directive is only available in English.
03.08.2017
Stainless steel components for hygienic applications in the food and chemical industries
03.08.2017
Food hygiene - Guidance for the selection of materials for contact with food - General principles
02.08.2017
The EN 12331 wolves must be revised again due to a comment from Great Britain. We are still looking for employees for the Ad-hoc Group.
01.08.2017
For the EN 15165:2014 moulding machines, the comments of the CEN consultants must be edited. For this purpose we are looking for employees from the circle of manufacturers of moulding machines.
25.07.2017
The European Committee CEN/TC 153 has received an application for standardization of self-service bread slicers.
25.07.2017
The Working Committee CEN/TC 153/WG 1 has decided to draft a new standard on the subject of skin pass machines.
25.07.2017
Standards must be reviewed periodically, at the latest every 5 years, to ensure that they correspond to the current state of science and technology and are applied. If you apply one of the affected standards, you are welcome to participate.
20.07.2017
Draft standard DIN EN ISO 13854 Safety of machinery - Minimum distances to avoid crushing of parts of the human body
18.07.2017
The programme promotes electricity efficiency measures in its own company or with customers. The next round of tenders will start on 1 September 2017.
24.05.2017
The Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association within VDMA is making translations available.
24.05.2017
In the course of the revision of EN 415-3 and EN 415-7 and the associated shift from cartoners to EN 415-7, it is planned to no longer treat bag-in-box machines as normative as before.
30.03.2017
The BREFs on the food industry, waste treatment, steel processing, surface treatment of metals and plastics (electroplating) and slaughterhouse plants will be revised or completed in the foreseeable future. The result then flows into the TA Luft.
15.02.2017
With publication date 7.11.2016, the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety refers to an overview article on technically avoidable contents of heavy metals in cosmetics.
13.02.2017
Once designed by NASA for astronaut food, 3D printers have found their way into confectionery, for example. Since 2014 there have been more and more projects to promote and commercialize 3D food printing. Today, 3D food printing is one of the future trends.
13.02.2017
BREF "Food, beverage and dairy industry": deadline for comments 22.03.2017
13.02.2017
CEN/TC 153 has decided to withdraw Technical Report TR 15623 "Food processing machinery - Guideline - Materials in the food industry". We explain background and alternative.
03.02.2017
The draft of the VDI guideline 2263 "Dust fires and dust explosions; hazard assessment - protective measures" has been published. Objections are possible until 31.07.2017.
29.12.2016
DIN EN ISO 16444-14 Cleanrooms and associated cleanroom areas - Part 14: Evaluation of the cleanroom suitability of equipment by particle concentration in air (ISO 14644-14:2016) has been published by Beuth-Verlag with issue date 2017-01.
31.10.2016
On VDMA-KLassen IV and V filling machines, commercially sterile products are filled and sold with a long shelf life under uncooled storage conditions. The VDMA trade association publications 10 and 11 define minimum requirements for disinfection performance. Both trade association publications are now available in an updated version.
23.09.2016
Migration test: The newly published standard October 2016 replaces DIN 10531:2011-06. The scope of application includes machines for commercial use, not for industrial use. The guideline values for lead and nickel release in the migration test were adjusted. The standard is intended to serve as a tool for official food control.
19.09.2016
This is information prior to the official sending of the draft to the associations to initiate the associations' hearing.
30.06.2016
At the FVA Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery Industry Day, almost 40 participants discussed the need for research in the field of drive technology from the point of view of the industry. Two project outlines were drawn up and submitted to the FVA for implementation.
30.06.2016
73 participants accepted the invitation to the first industrial working meeting "Hygienic Design Hygienic Production" on 30 May in Frankfurt. Out of 21 project proposals from 15 research institutes, five projects were selected for follow-up.
04.02.2014
The VDMA Food Processing Machinery and Packaging Machinery Association sees its position confirmed by its own migration studies.

Events

23.10.2019
The meeting of the Working Group on Cooking and Smoking Systems will take place on 28 November 2019.
09.01.2019
In 2019 there will also be two Risk Assessment Seminars, on the 10.4.2019 and the 08.10.2019.
09.05.2018
In April 2018 the first industry 4.0 experience exchange for food processing and packaging machines took place in the SmartFactoryOWL in Lemgo.

Publications

26.06.2019
It is foreseeable that consumption data for packaging systems will be requested more and more frequently in future. But how can data from different manufacturers be compared? Can the data be transferred to the conditions in user operation? Do they stand up to scrutiny? VDMA 8751: 2019-03 "Filling and packaging machines - Specification and measurement of energy and media consumption" provides the basis for answering these questions.
15.02.2019
It is foreseeable that consumption data for packaging systems will be requested more and more frequently in future. But how can data from different manufacturers be compared? Can the data be transferred to the conditions in user operation? Do they stand up to scrutiny? VDMA 8751: 2019-03 "Filling and packaging machines - Specification and measurement of energy and media consumption" provides the basis for answering these questions.
12.12.2018
The third edition of VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Document No. 2 has been published recently.
24.05.2018
This VDMA-specification provides two concepts for the determination of the yield of tablet presses. The (overall) yield of a tablet press is distinguished from the technical yield of a tablet press whereas for the calculating of the technical yield only product losses related to the processing unit ‘tablet press’ are considered.
24.05.2018
This guideline outlines the requirements arising from 21 CFR 11 and structures the data interchange to take account of these requirements. Furthermore it specifies the communication protocol VDMAXML version 2.0 to facilitate communication in a GxP environment. Examples of the implementation of GxP-specific services are given in the appendix of the guideline.
06.09.2017
The VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association has published an English translation of its example certificate for materials in contact with foodstuffs and editorially adapted the German edition. It supplements the existing documents on the subject of Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004.
01.09.2017
Presentation explaining the determination of the technical specific Adjustment Process Time rsp. EquippingTime according to VDMA 8752
From January 2017 we have updated the patent information service for you. The subscription remains free of charge and now allows direct access to information of the German Patent and Trademark Office (DMPA) such as disclosure documents.
10.11.2016
For more than twenty years, the VDMA working group "Interface problems in aseptic plants" has been publishing guidelines on the topic of hygienic and aseptic filling. The topics range from methods of microbiological validation of aseptic plants, minimum requirements for sterilization performance to practical guidelines. A publication overview can be found here.
04.03.2013
In recent years, the working group has published guidelines on numerous topics related to confectionery production in loose succession. Here we provide an overview with download options.
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Michael Przytulla
Michael Przytulla
Industry 4.0, Weihenstephaner Standards, Research Food Processing Machinery, BVT (BREF) Slaughterhouses (SA)
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+49 69 6603-2178
Matthias Balley
Matthias Balley
Technical affairs, Research & standardisation beverage machinery, dairy machinery, packaging machinery, machine safety, Hygienic Design, materials for direct food contact, BVT (BREF)
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+49 69 6603-2480
Ortwin Fink
Ortwin Fink
Technical Affairs, Research & standardisation food processing machinery, Hygienic Design (open systems), machine safety food processing machinery
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+49 69 6603-2435
Dr. Peter Golz
Dr. Peter Golz
Technology coordination, packaging materials, applied automation, aseptic, EHEDG
+49 69 6603-1656
+49 69 6603-2656
Dr. Frank Wohnsland
Dr. Frank Wohnsland
Standardisation Food Processing Machinery, TC 153
+49 69 6603-1399
+49 69 6603-2399