A pioneering new system which is designed to dramatically improve food packaging processes will go on show to industry representatives and food manufacturers of the future this month.
As part of a two-day event at the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach, South Lincolnshire, the PickNPack system will be demonstrated along with a host of other new industry technologies.
PickNPack is an innovative packaging concept which offers the food industry the benefits of automation – cost reduction, greater hygiene and more efficient use of resources – combined with the unique ability to adapt to the product and batch size at hand. PickNPack is designed to give the European food industry a competitive advantage in the rapidly changing marketplace, where customers demand more quality, more choice and more safety for lower prices.
It will go on show at the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) as part of a tour showcasing the results of the associated four-year research programme.
The NCFM showcase event will run for two days on 13th and 14th September 2016.
Tuesday 13th September is a dedicated Industry Day for representatives from across the UK food manufacturing sector. It will be organised around a working production line demonstrator, illustrating different aspects of the PickNPack technology.
The industry event offers an opportunity to discover new ideas and solutions, listen to in-depth talks, and learn directly from the engineers involved in the PickNPack project.
On Wednesday 14th September, Lincolnshire school pupils will visit to learn about the industry, and to see and experience its latest technological developments.
This demonstrator will be supported by a range of specialist technology booths, each of which will focus on specific areas of progression, including robotics, instrumentation, wireless communication, and system control.
The innovative Automated Processing Robotic Ingredient Loading (APRIL) ‘robotic chef’ system which has been developed by OAL and is housed at the NCFM, will also be shown to visitors. APRIL is a fully automated robotic system that can mix, load and cook ingredients in a manner similar to professional chefs yet on an industrial scale, by using modern cooking and material handling technologies. It is designed to boost production and efficiency, while also improving the quality of food produced.
Further information is available online, where you are also able to book your place.