Coffee roasting specialist Probat and Cropster, which develops software solutions for coffee, have joined forces to provide what they describe as ‘intelligent digital business solutions for the coffee industry.’
Together, they have formed a new company, fabscale, which will be officially launched at Host in Milan, in which they plan to bring together their extensive experience in hardware and software solutions and comprehensive know-how to provide solutions that capture process data to facilitate enhanced production processes and product quality for industrial-scale roasting and coffee processing.
“During coffee processing a significant amount of data is generated. fabscale’s mission is to reduce data management complexity by presenting a simple and actionable overview of an entire coffee plant,” said the companies in a statement.
“This will enable management at every level to make instantaneous decisions based on accurate, real-time information, which will result in increased productivity and consistency, more efficient processes and enhanced product quality.”
“fabscale provides Probat and Cropster with a breeding ground for the development of smart digital solutions across the entire coffee value chain,” said Christian von Craushaar, chief executive officer at fabscale.
Mr von Craushaar, who has long-term experience in the software sector and in start-ups, highlighted the transition that is taking place in industries in general towards new types of ‘smart factories,’ and said he sees a central role for fabscale as the coffee industry makes this transition.
“There is more and more data available, but the coffee industry needs a way to make sense of all of that data, analyse it and make use of it. fabscale will provide a way to turn all that data into actionable information,” he told C&CI. “Our role is to make complex data simple.”
The company, which was formed in July 2019, is focusing on data from coffee roasting initially, but plans to roll-out solutions for every aspect of coffee roasting and processing, from the receipt of green beans to packaging and dispatch.
Mr von Craushaar said that fabscale will be a non-proprietary supplier, working with any manufacturer to optimise the operation of coffee roasting and processing.
“The data is already there for companies to realise significant efficiencies,” he said. “In fabscale they have a partner who can help to achieve them.”