APRIL Robotics inspires food revolution at FM2030

How many robots prepare and cook food in your factory? Food robotics in food manufacturing is an area set for major growth over the next few years as manufacturers tackle the perfect storm driven by the increase in labour costs and the decrease of productivity.

At our Food Manufacturing 2030 conference last month, we inspired over 30 food businesses to start taking action by getting them to experience first-hand the future of food manufacturing. The day was held at the National Centre of Food Manufacturing, part of the University of Lincoln and in partnership with ABB Robotics. 

Attendees learned how the use of robotics and automation can overcome their manufacturing challenges with the combination of expert guest speakers and live demonstrations of our technologies.

By adopting this approach, the UK will be leading the way in the food robotics revolution bringing with it higher skilled jobs, fantastic export opportunities and sustainability within the industry.

Breathtaking demonstrations

Our APRIL Robotics Flexible Food Manufacturing platform demonstrated the use of digital technologies putting robotics at the heart of food processing allowing end to end handling and processing of food ingredients with minimal human interventions. These applications included cooking, weighing and use of artificial intelligence systems for validation.

Expert guest speakers

On top of that, to inspire action and to reiterate the possibilities this revolution will bring about, we invited our guest speakers to present their success stories including:

  1. Chris Brett from Ocado technology shared how they were transforming food retailing with digital technologies.

  2. Steve Sanders explained how JSP Safety Products had transformed its manufacturing processes with over 30 robots, onshoring jobs to the UK.

  3. Mike Wilson from ABB discussed robot adoption best practices.

And the message definitely sunk in. A Director at from a major UK food business stated:

This is something that [major food manufacturer] need to do now! The day has opened our eyes to what is around and available.
— Director from a major UK food business

What's next?

Our Food Manufacturing 2030 Conference is an annual event so keep checking back at our events page for information about 2019’s conference. If you can’t wait until then, get in touch with our expert consultants today and we can arrange a demo day for you and your colleagues so you can start your robotic and automation journey today.

Videos of the demonstrations and speakers will be available on our website shortly. Thanks to everyone for coming. We look forward to starting you robotic and automation journey with you. 

Lauren Moir