NCFM to exhibit at UK Produce Industry Fair 2017

The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), University of Lincoln, UK, will be exhibiting at this year’s UK Produce Industry Fair on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th September at the Peterborough Arena in the East of England Showground.

The annual fair aims to showcase all aspects of the industry from the produce itself to all associated products, machinery and services with a focus on cost savings and efficiency. Exhibiting alongside our Centre will be the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology (LIAT), with the Director of LIAT, Prof Simon Pearson delivering a talk on Agri-Food and research being undertaken by the Institute.

We would be delighted to chat to our industry peers and anyone wishing to find out more about opportunities available at NCFM; you can find us at stands 125-126 – come and say hello!

Find out more about NCFM.



Robotic Flexible Food Manufacturing System (RFFMS)

Robotic Flexible Food Manufacturing System (RFFMS). Innovate UK funded under the “Materials & Manufacturing” Competition 2017 – 2019.

Over the course of this project, NCFM and the Engineering School will work together with Industrial partners, OAL, plus selected industry end users, to develop a robotic flexible food manufacturing system for liquid based products covering large, medium and small scale volume manufacturing. The system will also be designed to process powder based food products and will be able to be applied to other food and non-food industries.

A key aspect of the initiative is that the large and complex food manufacturing sector needs a game changing innovative reinvention of the approach to its manufacturing processes, unlocking improved value, quality and sustainability in the sector. This research & development will address significant robotic control and technical process challenges, and in achieving this the production system developed will have high impact and major commercial value in both its flexible “bespoke” physical structure and just as vital, its underpinning digital technologies (which will unlock further robotics and automation approaches across the food manufacturing sector and also cut across many other industry sectors).

University of Lincoln Schools and staff involved in research:

NCFMMark Swainson, Dr Keith Brewood

School of Engineering
Dr Andrea Paoli

Examining potential for automated inspection in meat production

An in-depth industry workshop has been organised by the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing as part of a pioneering project to evaluate the potential for automated inspection procedures in poultry and red meat production.

Project Title: FSA Project SEP-EOI-02 – Exploring the Potential for Technology to Support Agency Objectives in Meat Operations 

Event: Project Dissemination and Industrial Feedback Workshop

Date: 23rd February 2017 

Location: Think Tank, University of Lincoln

This workshop has been organised by the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) and Food Refrigeration & Process Engineering Research Centre (FRPERC) as part of the Food Standards Agency project SEP-EOI-02: Exploring the Potential for Technology to Support Agency Objectives in Meat Operations.

The purpose of this project has been to use a science-based approach to evaluate the potential for automated inspection procedures in poultry and red meat production, focusing on the implications for public health.

Through this workshop, the project team are now seeking opinion from industry bodies and stakeholders on the potential for implementation of such technologies.

The project outcome will be published at the end of the project/after the FSA has reviewed and approved the project report.