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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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