APRIL™ Robotics Wins PPMA Innovation Award
We're very pleased to announce that our APRIL™ Robotics Cooking Cell won the most "Innovative Robotics System" at this year's PPMA awards.
It's fantastic recognition from the food industry for all the hard work our team, customers and suppliers are putting into changing the way we handle and process ingredients with robots.
The judges were looking for “creative solutions” and “smart use of robotics” that lead to significant productivity improvements and cost reductions. If you've had the chance to see APRIL™ cooking then you'll know the sight of an industrial robot picking up a 500L cooking kettle is definitely different (you can watch the video below to get an idea). And it's the emulation of how a chef cooks in a kitchen, moving saucepans around, that offers cost reductions through labour, yield enhancement and a reduction in capital equipment from the improved utilisation of assets.
Learn About New Food Tech
We’re going to be at a number of industry events over the next few months and it would be great if you can join us to learn more about these new technologies, speak to our industry experts and get hands-on with our collaborative robotic APRIL™ weighing cell.
Appetite for Engineering - 19th October 2017, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry
- Gulfood Manufacturing, 31st October - 2nd November 2017, Dubai World Trade Centre, (Stand Z3-F75)
- Smart Food Factory Summit, 7th November 2017, Ricoh Arena, Coventry
- Anuga FoodTec, 20th - 23rd March 2017, Cologne
More Awards to Come
Get the champagne on ice, there could be a few more awards to come too! We're shortlisted in three categories at the Appetite for Engineering Food Processing Awards:
- Matt Ayre, one of our talented software engineers is up for "Young Engineer of the Year"
- Our APRIL™ Cooking Cell is also up for the "Robotics & Automation" award
- And our APRIL™ Robotic Weighing Station is up for the "Future-Factory Enabling Technologies" award
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony as part of the Appetite for Engineering event, 19th October at the Manufacturing Technology Centre. You can register to attend here.
And finally… we’re flying the food industry flag at the cross-sector IET, Institue of Engineering and Technology Awards. APRIL™ Robotics is shortlisted for the “Manufacturing Technology” award in a highly competitive competition. There were over 300 entries to the awards from 25 countries from industries including aerospace, automotive and pharmaceutical.
We’ll find out if we’ve been successful on the 15th November at the ceremony at The Brewery, London.
Keep checking back to keep up-to-date with our progress!