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Welcome to the Food Processing Awards 2016!

25 September 2016

This year’s Food Processing Awards, in association with our headline sponsor, Festo, will be taking place at the Malmaison in Birmingham on the evening of 19th October, following on from the Appetite for Engineering event. 

If you haven’t been to the Malmaison in Birmingham before then you are in for a treat! This boutique hotel is housed in an old converted Royal Mail sorting office in the centre of the Mailbox – an upmarket shopping and dining destination in Birmingham City centre. The venue offers the perfect opportunity to unwind after a busy day at Appetite for Engineering.

So, if you’re sitting comfortably, lets take a look at the runners and riders for this year’s awards. Keeping it short and sweet, there are a total of six categories and we have, after a great deal of deliberation, whittled the nominees down to the final three in each of these categories, as follows:

Hygiene & Food Safety: sponsored by Minebea Intec (formerly Sartorius Intec)
The finalists are:  
• BST Detectable Products – The company has been working to ensure it is able to meet the changing needs of the food sector. Although there can be no comprise when it comes to food safety and hygiene the company has achieved its goal of lowering the cost of its metal detectable J800 DetectaPen through investment in new manufacturing processes. It has also made material modifications which has improved the quality of its product range without impacting cost for its customers.

• Holchem Laboratories – Holchem is a supplier of robust hygiene solutions. It has worked with 2 Sisters Food Group on a project to introduce Perbac OPD, a peracetic acid disinfectant designed for open plant disinfection, to strengthen the company’s Listeria management hygiene protocols. It was suggested that Perbac OPD be used on a weekly basis and Holchem assisted with initial trials to ensure that the application equipment was suitable. The disinfection protocol was validated and training of the hygiene team was also carried out.

• Vikan – A new 20 litre bucket from Vikan provides a combined mixing station, stackable storage solution, transport system and cleaning vessel. It blends multi-purpose functionality with hygienic design and durability. Vikan offers a wide range of cleaning tools for the food and beverages industry, all designed to meet stringent requirements for food safety. 

Process & Packaging: Sponsored by Spiroflow 
The finalists are:
• PFM Packaging Machinery – The company’s range of servo technology for pouch machines offers flexibility and fast changeovers. The D-Series Full Servo stand-up pouch machine is believed to be the first of its type to include servo drive and format adjustment. The result is improved efficiency, consistent quality and much reduced changeover times when compared with traditional mechanically driven machines.

• Pacepacker – The company’s offline Mixed Tray Loader (MTL) was developed to answer the call from retailers for space-saving mixed product trays and to address the growing trend for grouping recipe ingredients together to combat shopper fatigue. The company identified mixed trays as an emerging trend 18-months ago and believes that the MTL is the only automated product swap unit in the UK. 

• TRAKRAP – TrakRap is an automated secondary packaging system which offers lighter weight, lower cost and more energy efficient transit and retail ready packaging. It helps minimise waste and reduces carbon emissions and eliminates the need for heat, required in shrink wrap systems, substituting this with seven microns thick C8 LLDPE – a 100% recyclable polymer film. 

Robotics & Automation: Sponsored by Omron 
The finalists are:
• Endoline – The company has developed a solution to provide an automated end of line packing solution for Ballygarvey Eggs It needed to be able to handle 25 different configurations of egg boxes, working at high speeds. The company also developed a case erecting solution which is able to automatically adjust itself to form the case required and send it down the relevant line – at speeds of up to 16 cases per minute.  

• OAL – Autocoding from OAL is designed to prevent product recalls by scanning every pack to ensure that products arrive at retailers with the correct date and label information. The system allows manufacturers to pro-actively verify, control and measure every step of the process – from the first feed of raw materials right through to the finished product, helping eliminate stock and planning contingencies and reducing the risk of penalties and fines.

• WAGO – The DIMA (decentralised intelligence for modular systems) system from WAGO provides a solution for the decentralised automation of process systems by equipping the modules with their own intelligence, offering greater flexibility and cost savings. The solution was developed in response to NAMUR’s 2013 NE 148 recommendation that automation solutions for modular process systems clearly divide functions between module controls and higher-level control systems.  This requirement stems from the need of process system operators to respond faster to changes driven by new customer requirements, markets or production conditions.

Continuous Improvement: Sponsored by SMC Pneumatics
The finalists are:
• DC Norris – The DCN Recipe Manager Software package provides a flexible and simple to use way of controlling a recipe driven production process, offering greater repeatability and consistency of product, while also ensuring that pasteurisation times are strictly enforced. It can also shorten cooking times by calculating pasteurisation values in real time which means that the cook can finish as soon as it can be proven that the product is actually safe for its intended use. The system offers full transparency and accountability and maintains full records of the complete process – from preparation through to packaging to ensure that all HAACP controls are met. 

• OAL – OAL Connected is an all-in-one software package for food manufacturing safety, traceability, performance, productivity, recipe management, packaging & date security and ERP validation. It can help create a simple, connected automation solution for food manufacturing. It looks at production as a whole, rather than isolated parts of the process, and allows factories to deploy a single system to assess and monitor the flow of production. The solution also aims to boost productivity, remove paperwork, increase control and allows factories to become more connected. 

• REO UK – The increasing adoption of laser micro perforation technology poses a problem in many applications because conventional power supplies are not suited to the high frequency, highly capacitive load placed on the power supply. The Reotron switch mode power supply (SMPS) offers a solution which allows users to maintain voltage and current with a high level of accuracy when employing laser perforation technology. It also offers the capacity for faster product throughput with a lower rejection rate.

Young Engineer of the year: Sponsored by Festo
This award was created specially to reward those young people who, within their first few years in the industry, have demonstrated commitment and who have the potential to do great things within the sector. Nominations for this award are made by their line managers, human resources managers, or college tutors 

The Food Processing Young Engineer of 2016 will need to have shown exceptional progress, in both their skills development and studies, or will have already started to make a contribution to their business and will need to be inspirational in their atitude and commitment to their company and the food sector as a whole. This year’s finalists are Kyle Brown and Charlie Hatt from Allied Bakeries, Christian Dobson from Sheffield Hallam and Premier Foods, and Shaheed Khattak from Mondelez 

Lifetime Achievement: Sponsored by Food Processing
This award is presented every year to a professional individual who, throughout their career in the food sector, has demonstrated their dedication and commitment to the development of products and applications that deliver better plant and better processes to help the food and beverage processing industry to be more efficient and productive.
The award aims to recognise and reward personal contributions to the advancement or promotion of engineering and automation technology. Past recipients of this award have garnered partnerships and shown inspirational leadership and support in providing solutions that have helped to meet the goal of greater profit through innovation and technology advancements.

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