An Innovative Malaxer Equipped with SCADA Platform for Improving Extra Virgin Olive Oil Quality
- Autori: Vallone M.; Aiello G.; Bono F.; De Pasquale C.; Presti G.; Catania P.
- Anno di pubblicazione: 2022
- Tipologia: Articolo in rivista
- OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/544249
Agriculture 4.0 is gaining more attention, and all companies are thinking about innovating machines to increase income and improve the quality of the final products. In the agro-food sector, there is space for innovation, as it is far behind the industrial sector. This paper reports an industrial-scale study on the application of an innovative system for the extraction of Sicilian EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to improve both process management and the quality of the product. Based on previous studies, the authors suggested an innovative machine equipped with a SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition system) for oxygen and process duration monitoring and control. The objective of the research was thus to discuss the development of a SCADA platform applied to the malaxer and the establishment of an optimized approach to control the main process parameters for obtaining high-quality EVOO. The SCADA system application in the EVOO extraction process allowed a qualitative improvement of the Sicilian EVOO of Nocellara del Belice and Cerasuola cultivars. The use of the innovative system made it possible to increase the values of tocopherols (by about 25%) in Cerasuola cultivar and total phenol content (by about 30%) in Nocellara del Belice cultivar EVOOs.