APRIL Eye wins Food Processing award

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We’re delighted to reveal that our APRIL Eye innovation has received yet more industry recognition in the form of the award for Robotics & Automation at the 2018 Food Processing awards. APRIL Eye is the world’s first artificial intelligence vision solution, which fully automates the date code verification process to eliminate the risk of product recalls and withdrawals caused by human error on packaging lines. This is yet more good news for our customers and the OAL Connected team following on from the PPMA award win in September 2018.

The Food Processing Awards take place annually to recognise and reward engineering innovations in the food and beverage sector. Beating off stiff competition to be nominated as a finalist, it’s a great achievement for us to take home the prize in this thriving category and clearly demonstrates the industry’s confidence in the impact our APRIL Eye technology can make on the food manufacturing industry.

Combining artificial intelligence with machine vision, APRIL Eye revolutionises the traditional date code verification process. Food manufacturers no longer need to rely on operators to check if the date code is printed correctly as APRIL Eye fully automates the verification process and removes human error from these boring, repetitive tasks. The system reads back the date code seamlessly and can deal with variations such as lighting, positioning, print quality and placement to eliminate errors. The system offers significant improvement to processes, safety, quality and efficiency as well achieving cost savings for food manufacturers on their packaging lines.

Wayne Johnson, OAL Connected Director, comments, “It’s another great achievement for us to win the Food Processing award for our APRIL Eye date code verification system. APRIL Eye was developed as part of our Food Manufacturing Digitalisation Strategy, supported by the University of Lincoln and Innovate UK grant funding, and designed to investigate how artificial intelligence could revolutionise this key area of the food manufacturing process. It’s wonderful to receive this industry recognition and clearly demonstrates how successfully we have met our objective to bring a multitude of benefits to our customers through automation.”

So if you’re interested in our multi-award-winning innovation, please get in touch to find out how we can transform your end of line verification process.