Challenges for the dairy industry

Today, milk processing companies are facing a variety of challenges. Dairies are typically characterized by a high degree of cost sensitivity, their focus on mass production, the use of innovative packaging and an ever-increasing range of flavors. Animal welfare, climate protection, a shortage of skilled labor and sustainability are some of the other issues affecting the industry.

Dairy products need to be manufactured and processed in a thoughtful manner that helps save essential resources like water and energy. Moreover, dairies face stiff competition from both domestic and international markets, requiring them to offer milk substitutes and plant-based alternatives, with a maximum level of flexibility.

Milk alternatives are all the rage these days, and an increasing number of people are giving up cow's milk in favor of plant-based substitutes, such as soy, oat, almond and pea drinks. Once considered a niche item, they are now hugely popular with many consumers - especially vegans and so-called flexitarians.

Sharply rising input costs – particularly the surge in energy prices – are also a major concern for plant operators. Dairies, with their need for steam to preserve milk and refrigeration for cooling yogurt, stand out as one of the most energy-intensive sectors within the food industry. Careful use of all energy sources is, therefore, of paramount importance.

Trend-setting solutions for the dairy industry

Digitalization and automation are real game changers when it comes to optimizing the value chain of the dairy industry and addressing the long list of challenges it faces.

We provide you with a solution that:

  • facilitates your processes,
  • optimizes your entire value-added chain,
  • increases the productivity and flexibility of your business,
  • helps make your business more profitable
  • and accompanies you on your journey to building the industry of the future.

The development of intelligent automation solutions for dairy industry companies demands more than just system know-how. Industry experience and knowledge about complex structures and processes in a dairy or cheese-making facility are just as important. Over 37 years of experience have been invested in the development of our process control system Plant iT. We know how to meet the extensive requirements of the dairy industry.

More than 180 installations
in 110 countries

Success stories from our customers and partners

ProLeiT takes pride in its over 37 years of collaboration with leading customers in the dairy industry. The successful completion of joint projects inspires us to continue shaping the future of automation daily. We truly value the personal interaction with our customers, the exchange of professional insights and the mutual enrichment of our experiences. Furthermore, we engage in intensive dialog with universities, dairy associations and institutes and promote the knowledge transfer of process control technology, automation and MES solutions. A prime example of this is our successful cooperation with the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Discover the world of our customers

Our products and solutions are used widely throughout the dairy industry. Explore our archive of fascinating customer stories and be inspired by the success of our well-known testimonials.


More efficiency, long-term update capability and fit for the future in terms of cybersecurity: Discover how ProLeiT upgraded the process control system at Tara, a long-standing dairy customer, in just 24 hours.

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Find out how the independent dairy Bauer has been investing in even more integration, transparency and compatibility for over 20 years thanks to Plant iT.

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ProLeiT established the automation for the "Infantose" production line at Sachsenmilch Leppersdorf GmbH when the Theo Müller Group entered the world of baby food production.

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Pienas LT

Automation of a dairy for the Lithuanian agricultural cooperative "Pienas LT" was particularly challenging for ProLeiT due to the large number of technical and collaborative interfaces.

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Our customers

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Your contact for the dairy production of the future

Leonard Mitranescu
Branch Leader
Phone: +49 162 2598 142
E-mail: leonard.mitranescu(at)

Plant iT - the automation solution for the dairy industry

With our in-house developed process control system Plant iT, we boast a proven solution for the integrated process automation of dairy and cheese making facilities. Numerous companies, e.g. Almarai, Danone, Bauer, Müller, NÖM, Friesland Campina and Wimm-Bill-Dann, use our process control system Plant iT around the world.

Current product highlights

Discover a world full of innovation and progress. With Plant iT, you always have your finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest solutions for the dairy industry. Our research and development team continually works on enhancing the ProLeiT product portfolio.

Batch tracking

Quickly and effortlessly identify affected items in case of a recall campaign or other quality problems. Plant iT material records and saves all the materials and batches used in the production process and exchanges them with a higher-level ERP system.

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Line Management System

Minimizing downtime and maximizing plant efficiency - our Plant Acquis iT LMS add-on automatically, reliably and precisely records plant and machine downtime and ensures easy entry into the world of line management.

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Workflow Management

Our high-performance MES Workflow Management system Plant iT Workflow assists you in managing and monitoring both automatic and manual processes in the production environment, including areas such as order processing, quality assurance and logistics.

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Energy Management

Efficiently monitor and control energy consumption in your plant with our Energy Management system. Identify optimization potential and improve the long-term energy efficiency of your dairy production.

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Take a look at the many added values Plant iT offers

Plant iT is the modular process control system from ProLeiT GmbH and has been deployed throughout the process engineering industry in more than 110 countries for over 37 years. From operating data acquisition, process control technology, liquid handling and batch systems to functions for complete, location-independent production management (MES) and integration of ERP, LIMS and maintenance systems – Plant iT enables continuous control and monitoring of all these processes.

Thanks to a central engineering environment and optional modules, Plant iT can be expanded flexibly to meet various needs. Plant iT complies with the principle of "parameterization instead of programming". This means that individual programming is essentially replaced by the parameterization of technical and technological functions. Plant iT's system architecture offers maximum flexibility for changes, even during production, without the need to shut down operations. This time-saving approach offers our customers a distinct competitive advantage.

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