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Why to deal with this? The commercial application of a technology developed in the laboratory to industrial application requires the scaling up from the bench scale to the industrial scale. The scale up of process technologies to the pilot scale demonstrates the scalability of the technology and reduces the risks & costs associated with commercialization.

Why is upscaling an important issue?

  • changes in physical and chemical parameters (e.g. pressure, temperature) associated to upscaling can influence the functioning of the process (e.g by influencing chemical reactions)
  • changes in geometrical parameters (weight, volumes) can influence the function of of the technology
  • administrative and regulatory framework can change when upscaling a technology/ new regulations might apply
When is it suitable/applicable? Up-scaling is necessary when the proof-of-concept of a process or technology has been obtained and a pilot at lab scale of the has been developed, in order to start the commercialisation of the technology.
When is it NOT suitable/applicable? Normally not applicable for new formulation/recipe development, but rather for process technologies.
What costs are related to it (financial, time effort etc.)? Staff and material costs for taking care of challenges described above (geometrical, chemical, administrative changes related to upscaling)

What’s the relevant HTE output? The search function of this website (Food Tech Innovation Portal) will help you identify institutes and technology centres with experience in your technology area. They can support upscaling by providing access to their expertise and infrastuctures.
Whom can I talk to from the HTE team? IRTA, Ttz, CENTIV, Wageningen UR - FBR, Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V., FRIP, KEKI, KU Leuven LFT, UTCN, CSIRO, Nutrition Sciences

Relevant internet links Links:
Online databases and tools Tools:

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Where to get advice, consultancy? Support:
  • Private technology and innovation consultancies
  • Technological centres and research institutions
Related innovation sheets Testing prototype, Venture capital, European_financing_instruments_(loans,_guarantees,_etc.), Technical x feasibility, Financial x feasibility, Technical x development

Title Scale-up
Aspect Technical
Latest Version 17-07-2012
Completed by ZENIT

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Created by Hte zenit on 17 July 2012, at 15:50