Anuga FoodTec will take place in Cologne from 20 to 23 March 2018. As the world's leading trade fair, it is regarded as an important driving force in the international food and beverage industry. One of the key topics at this year's trade show will be the efficient use of resources: How, for example, can the use of energy, water and packaging materials as well as the loss of foodstuffs in production be reduced? At the same time, demands are also increasing in terms of quality and consumer orientation, be it with regard to trendy products, flexible packaging or product individualisation. These challenges can be met with digitised, networked production, and PC-based control from Beckhoff is able to offer the optimum basis for this purpose. At the Anuga booth, the specialist for PC-based automation will be presenting its integrated hardware and software platform, which integrates all functions, from PLC, motion control, measurement and process technology to machine vision and cloud connectivity. A highlight for the industry is the XTS in hygienic design, the latest addition to the Beckhoff control platform made of stainless steel. PC-based control can be used to enable the implementation of flexible – up to highly individualised – packaging or even the production of lot sizes of 1 while still maintaining a decidedly competitive edge.