Peter Neumann [Moba]

A software journey in egg processing

11:45 – 12:25 (subject to change)

With the growing world population, the demand for food, affordable and efficiently produced, is rising as well and food safety and quality is becoming an even more important factor. The same applies for the egg industry, with egg consumption still increasing worldwide.

The first automated egg sorting machines came onto the market about 30 years ago. With a capacity of 90,000 eggs per hour, the eggs were checked (visually) and placed in the packaging. All this was controlled from one central control system, by two applications: the control application and the user interface. The software team at that time consisted of only 5 people.

Today, 250,000 eggs are processed per hour, requiring more than 60 processor systems, running more than 20 different applications. Not a spectacular growth in capacity, but certainly in functionality and complexity. Fully automated systems check every egg for cracks, cleanliness and blood inclusions, and determine weight and scale strength. The software team of 5 has grown to more than 30 people offering their code for review.

This enormous growth in environment and complexity also requires an adjustment of the organization and the way in which software is developed. We at Moba have already taken many successful steps, with many more steps to follow. As developments go on, we need to continue to innovate as well.

Join this talk to hear all about our software journey.

Quite a while ago, Peter Neumann completed his study in technical computer science in Hilversum. A study where he gained knowledge of both hardware and software. Immediately after his study, he started working at Moba. It soon became apparent to him that his education was a perfect fit with company developments. After a short period as a hardware developer, he switched to the software development department, which got off the ground at that time. His team developed a new generation of egg sorting machines in which software is prominent. Although the technology is and remains extremely interesting, he finds working with people also wonderful to do. With that in mind, he’s moved to the role of manager of the software department in recent years, which allows him to combine technology with collaboration and coaching people, giving him great satisfaction.