Food Manufacturing 2030 Conference – Agenda

Food manufacturing 2030 agenda 

We cannot wait to welcome all our guests for our Food Manufacturing 2030 Conference tomorrow (October 13, 2016).

Please see below an agenda for the day.

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We will start promptly at 9am after a networking breakfast, with University of Lincoln’s Val Braybrooks and OAL’s Harry Norman.

Simon Lushey from Marks and Spencer will give a talk on the importance of innovation to food retailing, leading into ‘New robot technologies for food manufacturing’ by Andrea Paoli at the University of Lincoln.

After a coffee break at 10.30am, we will look at ‘The Future of Chilled Food Manufacturing’ by technical specialist, Ann Savage. We answer ‘How will consumer trends shape food manufacturing?’ with a talk from Steve Osborn from Aurora Ceres Partnership.

The day will end with demonstrations, discussions and tours of the Holbeach National Centre for Food Manufacturing facility.

Feel free to save a PDF version for your use. We look forward to seeing you there.

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NCFM to showcase pioneering technologies set to transform future of food manufacturing

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.

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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.

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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.

 

NCFM inspires next generation into apprenticeships

University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) sponsors the biggest careers event in the region to help thousands of young people find their future careers.

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The huge annual  ‘Mission Possible’ event attracted nearly 3,500 visitors and over 200 exhibitors to Peterborough Arena, aiming to showcase the wide range of career opportunities on offer in the surrounding area to 14-24 year olds, providing the chance to try out different skills and talk to employers from all sectors.

careers2NCFM showcased the vast amount of apprenticeships available at their Holbeach campus to give students an alternative to going to University.

It was a great event where students, parents and teachers travelled from across Lincolnshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Norfolk and Suffolk to gain careers advice, try out new things and to consider other great opportunities.

Large industry partners such as OAL, Manu Fresh and Tulip Ltd also attended on the day showcasing the opportunities of engineering as a career and the breadth of careers within the food industry.

 

 

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APRIL the ‘robotic chef’ to be unveiled at NCFM!

APRIL the 'robotic chef'A pioneering robotics system which could dramatically change the way food is manufactured will be launched this month at the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) in the UK.

The Automated Processing Robotic Ingredient Loading (APRIL) ‘robotic chef’ system has been developed by OAL, a leading provider of process and automation solutions for the international food industry.

It 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. APRIL is designed to boost production and efficiency, while improving the quality of food produced.

At a special launch event on Thursday 28th April 2016, the new technology will be unveiled to individuals and businesses from across the food industry.

Representatives from the University of Lincoln, OAL and KUKA Industrial Robots will outline developments in the use of robotics in food manufacturing and the event will also feature a full-scale demonstration of the system, which includes a five tonne industrial robot recently installed at our campus in Holbeach.

Mark Swainson, Lead for Food Manufacturing Research at the NCFM, said: “The nature of the processing and sheer scale of the APRIL system really sets it apart from other robotic manufacturing processes in the food sector and we are delighted to be working with OAL on this initiative here at the University of Lincoln.

“APRIL enables much more control over recipe management and recipe control of liquid food products on an industrial scale.

“With this new process we are looking to emulate the chef in the kitchen in a large-scale batch robotic environment, which brings with it many labour and product benefits.”

APRIL allows users to scale up the approach chefs use to prepare restaurant food, with typical applications including the production of soups, sauces and ready meals. The technology includes robotic cells which have a modular and flexible design that enables the system to easily switch between products.

OAL, which is headquartered in Peterborough, recently received a £60,000 grant from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative to continue its development of the patented technology.

For more information on the system, visit www.aprilrobot.com.

How apprenticeships can help agri-food

How apprenticeships can help agri-food

Come along to our ‘Apprenticeships: All Change’ event at our Holbeach Campus on March 16th.

This FREE event will highlight the importance of local agri-food businesses investing in apprenticeships within the agri-food sector, in light of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

“Having a strong apprenticeship programme is vital to the future of many businesses in the UK as it can be difficult to find the right talent and skills required.

An apprenticeship programme gives a business the chance to grow an individual and build on their skill set whilst ensuring on-going business operations.”

Brought in by the government, the Apprenticeship Levy will come into effect in April 2017 at the rate of 0.5% of an employer’s pay bill.

The day will look at the opportunities and implications of the new reforms, and how apprenticeships could help assist with particular challenges within the agri-food industry.

You can register for the event HERE

Find out more HERE

Location: National Centre for Food Manufacturing Centre, University of Lincoln, Park Road, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7PT
Date: 16th March 2016Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm