Smart Factory Expo
Nov
14
to Nov 15

Smart Factory Expo

  • Exhibition Centre Liverpool (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We're pleased to announce that we've been invited to be part of the Innovation Alley at this year's Smart Factory Expo. The Smart Factory Expo will run as part of the Digital Manufacturing week on the 14th and 15th of November at Liverpool's Exhibition Centre. 

Smart Factory Expo is Europe’s biggest showcase for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) - a revolution in manufacturing agility, innovation and thinking. On our stand, we'll be showcasing our cutting edge robotic and automation technologies transforming the food manufacturing industry including our APRIL Robotic Weighing System; a highly efficient way of handling and weighing dry micro-ingredients. 

Contact us today to book a meeting with one of our experts so you can start revolutionising your food manufacturing. 

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Robotics and Automation in Manufacturing
Nov
20
8:30 AM08:30

Robotics and Automation in Manufacturing

Join OAL and the University of Lincoln at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Robotics and Automation in Manufacturing Seminar. We will be providing an insight into our recent joint robotic weighing research and development project and also discussing why food manufacturers need to make the most out of the developments in robotics and automation for manufacturing to improve efficiency and ROI. 

The event takes place on Tuesday the 20th November in Birmingham. For further information visit: http://www.imeche.org/

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IBA 2018
Sep
15
to Sep 20

IBA 2018

Join us at IBA 2018 and discover how robots can transform the way you handle and weigh your ingredients. We're on stand B5 446 at the IBA show 2018, Munich Messe, Saturday 15th September to Thursday 20th September 2018.

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It's Time to Fix Manual Weighing

APRIL Robotics Ingredient Handling is an efficient storage and ingredient weighing
system for micro and minor bakery ingredients.

Improve profitability in your bakery business with autonomous robotic ingredient handling.

Why APRIL Robotics Weighing?

  • Ensure highly accurate (+/- 1g) ingredient additions.
  • Weigh up rates up to 1,000 kg/hr.
  • Store and manager over 200 ingredients in a single robotic cell.
  • Zero product cross contamination.
  • Full ingredient traceability.
  • Automatically handle a wide range of ingredients - powders (cohesive and non cohesive), liquids, solids.
  • No mechanical change components.
  • The cell has a turndown of 1000 to 1 while maintaining accuracy and zero product cross-contamination risk.

How does the APRIL Robotics System Work?

Ingredients are decanted into dedicated APRIL Smart Containers (ASC) and stored in a robotic cell. The robot retrieves and manages the ingredients as required and weighs them out to a recipe. The recipe mixes are then presented at integrated retrieval stations.

The APRIL Robotics Ingredient Handling System combines outstanding storage density with very high flexibility. It fits into existing bakeries and makes optimal use of the available area.

See Your Ingredients Handled by APRIL

OAL has a full-sized demonstrator operating at their Peterborough facility. Systems are currently being installed and will be operational in European operating plants prior to the wider roll out in 2019. With unprecedented demand, the team are focusing on applications where weighing is being performed on a 24 x 7 basis maximising the return on investment.

Book A Meeting With an Expert at IBA 2018

Interested in using robots in your bakery? Please fill in this booking form below to arrange a meeting with our experts at the show.

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Retaining Natural, Fresh & Vibrant Colours - July Steam Infusion Cooking Class
Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Retaining Natural, Fresh & Vibrant Colours - July Steam Infusion Cooking Class

  • National Centre for Food Manufacturing (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

After a sell-out class in June, we're organising a cooking class in July! Date and theme are to be confirmed. To register your interest, please fill out the form below and we'll be in touch once a theme and date have been confirmed. Be quick as places are limited and will fill up fast!

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BBQ Sauce & Tomato Ketchup flavour enhancing Steam Infusion Cooking Class
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

BBQ Sauce & Tomato Ketchup flavour enhancing Steam Infusion Cooking Class

  • National Centre for Food Manufacturing (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please note, this class is now full. We will be publishing details about our July cooking class shortly. Please follow this link to register your interest for the July cooking class.

Learn how Steam Infusion cooking has helped sauce manufacturers eliminate burn on, enhance flavours, create consistency and increase productivity at our Steam Infusion Cooking Class.

What: Steam Infusion Cooking Class - BBQ Sauce and Tomato Ketchup.
Where: National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln, Holbeach.
When: 10:00am, Thursday 14th June 2018.

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Learn About the Science
Learn the science behind the Steam Infusion cooking process and how this unique cooking method transforms your products from the University of Lincoln’s food scientists.

Cook with Steam Infusion
Join Chris Brooks, OAL’s Development Chef as we quickly cook up a batch of clean, fresh and flavoursome tomato ketchup and BBQ sauce to taste and see the Steam Infusion difference!

See the future
Discover how we're using robots to cook products more efficiently.

Visit an Operating System
See a Steam Infusion system in operation within a UK based food manufacturer and discover the benefits of switching first hand.

Guest Speaker Announced
We're looking forward to welcoming our guest speaker Carl Baxter. Carl has 30 years experience of working in the food industry. His specialist areas are Operations and Supply Chain management, especially around product development, process development, change processes, business IT solutions, and automation. We look forward to hearing from Carl. 

Sign up and find out why so many food manufacturers are switching to Steam Infusion.

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Robotic Material Handling and Processing - Food Manufacturing 2030
May
23
9:00 AM09:00

Robotic Material Handling and Processing - Food Manufacturing 2030

With ingredient handling and preparation costing UK food manufacturers up to 5% of turnover, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. Learn and see how this can be reduced to a fraction of current costs through the effective use of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence.

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Join OAL, the University of Lincoln and ABB at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing Holbeach, UK on Wednesday 23rd May for a journey of discovery of how APRIL technologies are challenging paradigms. The event will combine expert guest speakers with breathtaking demonstrations so you can learn how robotics is changing the way we handle and process raw materials. These concepts can have a major impact on your food factory:

 
 
We were investigating building a new food factory and OAL have transformed our understanding of how we handle our raw materials. Their robot based APRIL Material Handling Solution has reduced our planned capital spend and addressed common flaws with pneumatic conveying systems such as cross-contamination and a reliance on people for micro additions.

Expert Speakers

We've assembled a fantastic line-up of speakers from market-leading UK companies that are using robotics and automation to transform their businesses. They'll be sharing why they've invested big in digital technologies and how they've done it. Our speakers include:

  • Alex Harvey, Head of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Ocado Technology
  • Steve Sanders, Operations Director, JSP Safety Products
  • Andy Riches, Operations Project Director, Billington Group
  • Liz Berry, Senior Project Executive, Food and Drink Federation

Inspiring Demonstrations

We'll also be running our popular group breakout sessions which will deep dive and demonstrate key technology trends shaping our industry. Experts from OAL and the University of Lincoln will be leading sessions on:

  1. Stopping Human Error with Artificial Intelligence / Deep Learning
  2. Unlocking the Future Food Factory with Big Data
  3. Unmanned Ingredient Handling with APRIL Robotic Weighing
  4. Creating Fresher Food with High-Speed Cooking and Cryogenic Cooling

The agenda has been announced

"Transforming Food with Robotics & Automation" 
 
09:00 Breakfast & Networking
 
09:30 Welcome

The Current State of the Food Industry & Why We Need Innovation
Liz Berry - Senior Project Executive, The Food and Drink Federation
 
10:00 Case Study – How Robotics Transformed Our Business
Steve Sanders – Operations Director, JSP Safety Products
 
10:30 Ocado Technology on Robotics & Automation
Alex Harvey – Head of Robotics & Autonomous Systems, Ocado Technology
 
11:00 Technology Breakout Sessions 1/2
 
12:00 Robots in the Food Industry
Mike Wilson – Business Development Manager, ABB
 
12:30 Automating a Complex Food Business
Andy Riches – Operations Project Director, Billington Group &
Mark Swainson – Deputy Head, National Centre for Food Manufacturing
 
12:50 – Lunch & Networking
 
13:30 Creating an Innovation Culture
Samantha Norman & Harry Norman, OAL
 
14:00 Breakout Sessions 3/4
 
15:00 Open Debate. What Will Change?
Jake Norman, OAL

 15:30 How to Gain Access to World Class Research Facilities & Demonstrations
University of Lincoln, National Centre for Food Manufacturing

16:00 Finish


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Please fill in this form to secure your place.

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Roythornes' Food Business Breakfast with APRIL Robotics
Apr
26
7:30 AM07:30

Roythornes' Food Business Breakfast with APRIL Robotics

Join OAL at Roythornes solicitors' very popular Food Business Breakfast this April for another great morning of networking.

The unique event is all about making new contacts, building relationships and gaining knowledge to help your business.

OAL's Jake Norman will be giving a keynote speech at the event on robotics in the food sector and we'll be demonstrating our APRIL Robotics Weighing technology too.

To book your free place simply follow this link.

Roythornes' introduction: 

Robots have been part of the food sector for a number of years, and with pressures on costs and a focus on productivity, their rate of introduction is increasing as never before.  Improved efficiency, reduced labour costs and reliability are all potential benefits, but what does this mean in practice?  In a thought-provoking and practical talk, Jake will be looking at the use of robots in the sector and how we need to go collaborative to stay flexible

 

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Smart Food Factory Summit
Nov
7
9:00 AM09:00

Smart Food Factory Summit

Join OAL at this year’s event, talk to our experts and get hands on with the new technologies that can help you tackle productivity, efficiency, and traceability in your food business. Learn how we’re using £4million of Innovate UK research projects to bring about a step change in food manufacturing performance using technologies including collaborative robotics, advanced vision, machine learning and big data.

These new technologies overlay onto our tried and trusted solution areas of dry materials handling, liquid processing, and packaging line control.

So, if you’re looking at a new dry materials handling system, yes we can speak to you about the practicalities of big bags and silos, but, you’ll also get to discover our cutting-edge APRIL Robotics Weighing Station for fully automated weighing with a collaborative robot.

Likewise, our experts will be on hand to share best practice advice around stopping label and date code errors and retailer code of practice compliance. But we can also show you how machine learning and big data can deliver the insights you need on the packaging line.

And, if you’re looking at cooking and cooling, discover how we’re combining our rapid steam Infusion cooking with cryogenic cooling to reduce food waste and preserve natural homemade flavours.

We can't wait to meet and discuss how powerful new digital technologies can impact your food business.

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Gulfood Manufacturing - Stand Z3-F75
Oct
31
to Nov 2

Gulfood Manufacturing - Stand Z3-F75

Discover the latest food tech and research coming out of the UK food industry. Learn how robotics, artificial intelligence, big data and new processing technologies can help you tackle productivity, food safety and traceability in your food factory. Join us on our stand Z3-F75.

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Get to grips with industrial digitalisation by discussing the impact of new technology trends with our team of experts. Learn how new processing technologies like liquid nitrogen cooling combine with Steam Infusion to unlock new product categories.

Turbocharge your cooking process with Steam Infusion heating and mixing, scientifically proven to help food manufacturers overcome slow cooking times, burn-on contamination and over-processing.

Learn how you can cook 500kg of fresh sauce in just five minutes on our stand and join the fastest growing cooking revolution in food processing.

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Appetite for Engineering, Coventry, UK
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Appetite for Engineering, Coventry, UK

  • Manufacturing Technology Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join OAL at this Appetite for Engineering, talk to our experts and get hands-on with the new technologies that can help you tackle productivity, efficiency, and traceability in your food business. Learn how we’re using £4.5million of Innovate UK research projects to bring about a step change in food manufacturing performance using technologies including collaborative robotics, advanced vision, machine learning and big data.
 
These new technologies overlay onto our tried and trusted solution areas of dry materials handling, liquid processing, and packaging line control.
 
So, if you’re looking at a new dry materials handling system, yes we can speak to you about the practicalities of big bags and silos, but, you’ll also get to discover our cutting edge APRIL Robotics Weighing Station for fully automated weighing with a collaborative robot.
 
Likewise, our experts will be on hand to share best practice advice around stopping label and date code errors and retailer code of practice compliance. But we can also show you how machine learning and big data can deliver the insights you need on the packaging line.
  
And, if you’re looking at cooking and cooling, discover how we’re combining our rapid steam Infusion cooking with cryogenic cooling to reduce food waste and preserve natural homemade flavours.
 
We can't wait to meet and discuss how powerful new digital technologies can impact your food business.

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Peterborough KTN Agrifood Automation & Robotics Event
Jul
4
9:30 AM09:30

Peterborough KTN Agrifood Automation & Robotics Event

Join the APRIL Robotics team when we speak at the KTN Agrifood Automation & Robotics Event in Peterborough on Friday 4th July. 

We'll be speaking about how robotic based material handling and processing systems can deliver a major uplift in productivity for food manufacturers.

Event Information per Knowledge Transfer Network:

With world population predicted to reach almost 10 billion by 2050, there is a pressing need to boost the productivity of the agri-food sector while maintaining high sustainability standards and low environmental impact. This is one of the greatest challenges for the industry, especially when labour costs are rising. Automation and robotics are seen as one of the potential solutions for these challenges, and activities are underway that develop new platforms that could save time and costs, and reduce labour requirements.

KTN is organising two events that will feature a range of speakers from the agri-food industry presenting examples of ongoing projects and successful approaches. These events will address the needs of the arable, horticultural and livestock industries, as well as the food processing and manufacturing sector. This events will bring together experts to discuss industry needs, technological gaps, key enabling technologies such as robotics and autonomous systems, imaging technologies, sensors, and the Internet of Things.

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Indulgent Flavours Cooking Class
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

Indulgent Flavours Cooking Class

Join us at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, part of the University of Lincoln to learn about creating indulgent flavours with Steam Infusion and cooking with APRIL the robotic chef.

What: Steam Infusion Cooking Class - Indulgent Flavours

Where: National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln, Holbeach

When: 10:00am - Wednesday 14th June 2017

Learn

Learn the science behind the Steam Infusion cooking process and how this unique cooking method transform your products from the University of Lincoln’s food scientists.

Cook

Join Chris Brooks, OAL’s development chef as we cook up a batch of indulgent rice pudding and taste the Steam Infusion difference.

Visit

See a Steam Infusion system in operation within a UK based food manufacturer and discover the benefits of switching first hand.

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KTN Agrifood Automation & Robotics Event Belfast
Jun
8
9:30 AM09:30

KTN Agrifood Automation & Robotics Event Belfast

  • Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the APRIL Robotics team when we speak at the KTN Agrifood Automation & Robotics Event in Belfast on Thursday 8th June. 

We'll be speaking about how robotic based material handling and processing systems can deliver a major uplift in productivity for food manufacturers.

Event Information per Knowledge Transfer Network:

With world population predicted to reach almost 10 billion by 2050, there is a pressing need to boost the productivity of the agri-food sector while maintaining high sustainability standards and low environmental impact. This is one of the greatest challenges for the industry, especially when labour costs are rising. Automation and robotics are seen as one of the potential solutions for these challenges, and activities are underway that develop new platforms that could save time and costs, and reduce labour requirements.

KTN is organising two events that will feature a range of speakers from the agri-food industry presenting examples of ongoing projects and successful approaches. These events will address the needs of the arable, horticultural and livestock industries, as well as the food processing and manufacturing sector. This events will bring together experts to discuss industry needs, technological gaps, key enabling technologies such as robotics and autonomous systems, imaging technologies, sensors, and the Internet of Things.

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Ethnic Sauces Cooking Class
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Ethnic Sauces Cooking Class

  • National Centre for Food Manufacturing (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to enhance the flavours and spices in ethnics sauces and ready meals at our cooking class with the University of Lincoln on Thursday 16th March. Our educational cooking classes offer the opportunity to learn about new food processing technologies that can help you create healthier products more efficiently.

You’ll get to learn the science behind our Steam Infusion cooking technology and see a full demonstration of Steam Infusion and APRIL the robotic chef.

What: Enhancing Ethnic Sauces Cooking Class

Where: National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln, Holbeach

When: Thursday 16th March, 9am – 2pm

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Dairy Sauces Cooking Class
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Dairy Sauces Cooking Class

  • National Centre for Food Manufacturing (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Get on trend in 2017 and learn how to cook healthier soups, sauces and ready meals at our cooking class with the University of Lincoln on Thursday 26th January. Our educational cooking classes offer the opportunity to learn about new food processing technologies that can help you create healthier products more efficiently.

You’ll get to learn the science behind our Steam Infusion cooking technology as detailed in our newly released white paper explaining how Steam Infusion can reduce the fat in dairy-based sauces by up to 20%. And see a full demonstration of Steam Infusion as we cook up a batch of bechamel sauce including APRIL the robotic chef.

What: Steam Infusion Cooking Class – Transforming Dairy Based Sauces

Where: National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln, Holbeach

When: Thursday 26th January, 9am – 2pm

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Disruptive Robotics at Physics in Food Manufacturing
Jan
10
2:00 PM14:00

Disruptive Robotics at Physics in Food Manufacturing

Join us for Physics in Food Manufacturing (#PhysicsOfFood) at Sheffield Hallam University on 9th and 10th January 2017. Jake Norman, our Innovation Manager, has been invited to speak about the disruptive power of robotics in food manufacturing at the topical research meeting.

The two-day event invites physicists and food professionals to discuss the role physics plays within food manufacturing. The event will revolve around three ‘grand challenges’ facing the industry as discussed at the Physics in Food Manufacturing Summit held in London earlier this year.

To create…

  1.        A resource-efficient food manufacturing supply chain
  2.        A safe and secure manufacturing supply chain
  3.        An innovative, resilient food supply chain for 21st Century populations.

Click here to register your attendance: http://trm-food.iopconfs.org/507113

We are also thrilled to announce that we will be appearing in the IJFST (International Journal of Food Science and Technology) with an article on the impact robotics and automation will have on the food science community.

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Food Factory for The Future - France
Oct
21
8:00 AM08:00

Food Factory for The Future - France

  • Le Théâtre - Scène conventionnée de Laval (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

OAL's Jake Norman will be speaking in the "Smart Factory" session at Food Factory, a major European event on the Food Factory for the Future.

The three-day event gathers the scientific community and companies of the Food chain to highlight and discuss the future food factory. Since 2001, the Food Factory conferences have been jointly organized by Laval Mayenne Technopole (LMT, France) and SP Food and Bioscience (previously SIK, Sweden). They take place every other year, alternately in Gothenburg (2001, 2006 and 2010) and Laval (2004, 2008 and 2012). In 2014, Food Factory took place in Uppsala, jointly with the 28th EFFOST Congress.

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Food Manufacturing 2030 Conference
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Food Manufacturing 2030 Conference

  • National Centre For Food Manufacturing (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Food manufacturing is presented with a perfect storm driven by the living wage; flat line productivity and food deflation. Advanced technology and robotics can address these issues yet the UK is seriously lagging the developed world in its implementation. 

Join us for the APRIL robotic chef follow-up event, see lights out food manufacturing and find out the impact robots will have on your business.

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RE•WORK Future of Food Summit London
Jun
21
8:30 AM08:30

RE•WORK Future of Food Summit London

OAL's Jake Norman will be speaking at the Re Work Future of Food Summit.

Breakthrough technologies, scientific discoveries & new business models for the future of food production, distribution & consumption.

Discover cutting-edge technologies on the horizon from the world's leading food innovators & practitioners. Learn from experts in emerging technologies such as AI, IoT & Genomics. Hear from Farmers, Chefs, Entrepreneurs & Scientists who are transforming the way we farm, cook & eat

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NFU Mutual Cyber Crime Seminar
Jun
7
8:00 AM08:00

NFU Mutual Cyber Crime Seminar

  • National Centre for Food Manufacturing (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What is cyber crime? How can I protect myself and my business from it?

NFU Mutual are holding a seminar on cyber crime and the best practices for protecting your business and yourself. After the session, attendees will have the opportunity to see a demonstration of APRIL the robotic chef and have a tour of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing.

Why you should attend:

  • Cyber losses cost the UK economy £27bn per year.
  • Potentially all businesses are responsible for the Third Party data they hold. You need to ensure data is kept safely.
  • Your reputation is a vital asset, so why not protect it?
  • Average cost of a cyber-breach for a small business is £75,000 - £311,000

Click to download the agenda

Places on a first come, first served basis. To register please email or call Elisa Gaunt:

Elisa_Gaunt@nfumutual.co.uk or 01775 675578

 

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