Digitalization in Processes

FH-HES Universities of Applied Sciences


  • Olivier Vorlet Institute of Chemical Technologies, School of Engineering and Architecture, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HEIA-FR), CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Lukas Neutsch Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Department of Life Sciences and Facility Management, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), CH-8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland
  • Christian Kronseder Institute for Chemistry and Bioanalytics, School of Life Sciences, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), CH-4132 Muttenz, Switzerland
  • Alexandre Kuhn Institute of Life Technologies, School of Engineering, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis), Rue de l’Industrie 23, CH-1950 Sion, Switzerland



Big data, Bioprocess, Digital technologies, Industry 4.0, Technology transfer


Digitalization is having an increasing impact on all industrial sectors, including the chemical and biotechnological industries. Aiming for innovative research and development, the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences play a pivotal role in transferring academic knowledge and know-how to industrial practice. We review selected examples of projects related to the digitalization of processes and bioprocesses at four different institutions across Switzerland. These developments cover the whole spectrum of digital technologies, including big data, connectivity, analytics and automation. They are conducted in close collaboration with industrial partners and aim to support the growth of this important industrial sector.




How to Cite

O. Vorlet, L. Neutsch, C. Kronseder, A. Kuhn, Chimia 2021, 75, 681, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2021.681.