WP 5 - Acceptance and economics 

Lead beneficiary: MAREL - Iceland

Period: month 6-36

Obiectives
- Analysis of the parameters/factors influencing the acceptability and implementation of an automatic packaging
system in the food industry.
- Analysis of the economic viability of the sensor-based control systems.
- Study of the impact (technical, social, etc.) of the sensor-based control system on the food sector.

Description of work and role of partners

The aim of WP5 is to evaluate the acceptance, economics and impact of the developed sensor-based control
packaging systems in the food industry. At the same time the impact of these developments regarding risk
assessment at workplaces, jobs or food quality and safety will be evaluated. The conclusions of this WP will be
used as inputs for the design and recalibration, of the prototypes to be developed in WP6, or/and WP7, WP8.

Task 5.1: Evaluation of the acceptance of the sensor-based control products in the food packaging sector 
• Analysis of the social, technical and economic factors influencing the acceptability and implementation of an
specific sensor-based control packaging system
• SWOT analysis of internal and external factors that influence the acceptance and potential implementation of
advanced sensor-based control systems in food packaging. The SWOT will be dynamically updated during the
project

Task 5.2: Economics
• Analysis of factors impacting the economic viability of sensor-based control food packaging systems
• Development of tools to simulate economic viability
• Application of the simulation tools to calibrate the design of the SafetyPack modules

Task 5.3: Evaluation of positive and negative impacts of the development of automated systems
• Worker conditions: automated system impact on the safety and ergonomics of the workplace and of the whole
food process line
• Consumer: food safety (hygienic handling, reduction of cross contamination, …)

Task 5.4: Evaluation of the societal impact of sensor-based control systems in the food packaging sector
• Worker conditions: automated system impact on the safety and ergonomics of the workplace and of the whole
food process line
• Consumer: food safety (hygienic handling, reduction of cross contamination, …)