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FDF launch engineering and automation event

05 February 2017

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is preparing to host its first engineering and automation event at its offices in central London on 28th February. The event will focus on the future of engineering and the implementation of automation, as well as how industry can attract the right workers and upskill existing workforces. 

Speakers at the event will include representatives from FDF members including Emma McLeod, principal engineer at Mondelez International, Ryan McNeill, sustainability manager at Nestlé, Robert Brooks, European Industry marketing manager - Food & Beverage for Omron, and Keith Thornhill, business manager – Food & Beverage at Siemens, as well as academics from Sheffield Hallam University and Lincoln University.

The day will be split into four sessions, each focussing on a key topic and will include panel sessions with the speakers.

The sessions are entitled Looking ahead: Future challenges for food engineering; Making the case for Automation; The impact of skills; and The Big Engineering and Automation Challenges for Us.

Topics for discussion on the day include:

The Future of Manufacturing
The three stages of robotics in Modern Food production
Industry 4.0
Joint Industry and Academia Potential
Up Skilling your Existing Workforce
Funding Automation: Making the Case for Automation
Attracting the Right People and Pathways to Engineering
Funding Innovation

Commenting on the event, Angela Coleshill, FDF competitiveness director, said:“As we approach a time of increasing economic uncertainty, it is essential that food and drink manufacturers continue to grow levels of productivity by investing in automated technologies and by improving the skill levels of our workforce.

“We’re very pleased to be able to welcome so many leading authorities from the world of engineering and academia to our first Engineering and Automation event. The occasion will provide a platform for attendees to learn more about technologies of the future and how safeguarding a pipeline of talent remains key to ensuring business growth.”

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