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Do you have an appetite for greater efficiency and productivity?

01 October 2017

If so, join us at this year’s Appetite for Engineering event, which takes place at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, on 19th October. 

Appetite for Engineering is the annual one-day forum, created by Food Processing to provide engineering professionals working in the food processing industry with an opportunity to network and gain greater insight into the latest issues affecting industry today, and which may have an effect on profits tomorrow.

This year the event will kick off with a look into the future – the smart factories that we are all hearing about. Engineers working in the food sector will be explaining why and how they are already seeing the benefits of implementing smart solutions in their food factories, in terms of increased productivity, efficiency and safety. We will also be discussing some of the tools that are already being employed by food manufacturers who have started their ‘smart’ journey.

The programme also deals with the issues facing the food industry today. Presenters will look at the importance of hygienic design of equipment and processes. We will also get advice from food industry engineers about the challenges and benefits of implementing energy saving projects.

The day will conclude with a session focusing on one of the most challenging areas facing the industry today – people and skills development – we will investigate ways to tackle these issues and how to ensure staff buy-in when introducing new automation technologies… This, delegates will discover, is vital to the success of any automation project!

As in previous years, the Appetite for Engineering conference programme is led by those who really know what it is like to work in the food industry, and who understand the challenges. They all suffer the same trials and tribulations and face the same day-to-day issues and demands – to achieve more with less! Join us at the event this year to find out how your peers are successfully addressing many of these challenges.

In addition to the excellent educational programme that we have created for delegates this year, there is also an opportunity to discuss, with a good cross-section of technology suppliers, your own issues and to challenge them to help you find a solution!

We are delighted that Festo has once again joined us as the headline sponsor of the event. Andrew Macpherson, industry manager – Food & Beverage, at Festo, said: “Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digitalisation is the biggest story in manufacturing today and is affecting both OEMs and end users in the food production sector. The goal is that production and the digital world will come together to make automation more flexible, increase energy efficiency, optimise logistics processes and add flexibility to the value chain.

“At a practical level Festo already has an IoT gateway built into many of its product offerings allowing real-time visualisation of data in the Festo cloud. In addition, our Motion Terminal is opening radical new dimensions in the world of automation, as the world’s first valve to be controlled by apps and the first product to truly earn the label digital pneumatics.”

To take advantage of the technologies that are available to industry today new skills are needed. “Festo regularly delivers workshops for senior decision makers to familiarise them with the core elements of Industry 4.0, the opportunities of developing new business models and what to take into account when implementing new strategies towards Industry 4.0. Appetite for Engineering offers a great venue to discussing these issues,” continued Macpherson. “We look forward to discussing all of this and much more with delegates on the day.” 

The food and beverage industry is a key market sector for WAGO, which offers an array of automation and interconnection products to satisfy the most demanding of applications. Commenting on the company’s decision to support the event, Paul Witherington, UK marketing manager at Wago, said: “Events such as this are invaluable to help share knowledge and best practices with peers in the food industry, while learning about the latest technologies and how they can help to improve efficiency and reduce downtime.

“With a looming skills shortage and emerging new technologies it is a challenge to ensure that employees have the right skills to fully embrace the efficiency and productivity opportunities on offer. Developing industry skills is enormously important to WAGO, to help realise the potential of new technologies. This is why we continue to invest in providing education through our bespoke I/O training courses in automation for food industry professionals.”

As a manufacturer of level and pressure instrumentation for the food and beverage industry, VEGA can provide both inventory and process control solutions to measure, detect and compute volumes of liquids, solids and gases, in all their forms. 

VEGA understands the value of an efficient process and accurate inventory. It begins with reliable measurements in the field, precise information for control systems and follows with easy data sharing across a company. Good quality, real time information helps increase product s quality, shortens supply chains, reduces down time, wastage and optimises stock holdings – maximising productivity. It all starts with the measurements  – from a single vessel to tank farms and silo blocks – made possible by devices that connect seamlessly with LAN,

It all starts with the measurements  – from a single vessel to tank farms and silo blocks – made possible by devices that connect seamlessly with LAN, Internet and mobile telemetry systems. 

At the event VEGA will be highlighting its new 80GHz radar level sensor that is already solving many traditional measurement problems in the food industry.
 
Advancing chain design 
Drive and conveyor chain used in food and drink plants needs to be able to withstand high speeds, water, steam and chemical washdowns, while operating reliably over long periods. Tsubaki will be showing its latest generation of specialist chains for the food sector – the Lambda and Neptune chains. Lambda is used in locations where it is difficult or undesirable to apply external lubrication in-situ. Its sintered bushes are impregnated with NSF-H1 food safe oil during manufacture so they do not need lubricating once installed.

Neptune is a high-strength carbon steel chain treated with a two-layer coating for increased corrosion resistance. A key feature is its corrosion protection in wash down environments. 

GEA will be using the event to discuss its latest refrigeration and HVAC technology innovations that can help increase productivity, efficiency and safety. The company will also be on hand to offer advice on how to develop a workforce to meet the challenges currently facing the food sector.

SMC Pneumatics is a longstanding supporter of Appetite for Engineering because it recognises the importance of promoting UK food manufacturing and believes that the event provides the perfect platform for helping to ensure continued industry success. With a manufacturing facility and European Technical Centre located in Milton Keynes, together with dedicated sector experts, SMC Pneumatics is well placed to support the food sector as it strives for enhanced productivity, future product innovation and employee development.

Working closely with its customers on projects that add value to their business is what SMC Pneumatics is all about. Delegates should visit its stand to discuss opportunities to add value to the process and the business.

Trakrap is supporting the event this year because it has seen that Appetite for Engineering is able to bring likeminded professionals together like no other event of its kind for an open exchange of ideas and advice. It also offers a venue to discuss potential collaborations.

The company is best known for its automated secondary packaging system, developed to help supermarkets and manufacturers achieve their commitment to deliver lighter weight, lower cost and more energy efficient transit and retail ready packaging. The system eliminates the use of heat – as applied in shrink wrap systems – substituting it with a thin, recyclable polymer film which also uses 90% less energy and around 70% less film than traditional shrink wrapping and delivers greater flexibility on operating speeds.

ABB Robotics has returned to the event this year which highlights its commitment to supporting UK food companies that are keen to seize the growing opportunities within today’s digital marketplace. As a demonstration of how UK food and beverage manufacturers should collaborate more closely as digital manufacturing gains traction, ABB’s stand will feature an IRB 120 carving chocolate bars. 

Championing oil-free technology
Air purity across the food manufacturing process is critical. Even the smallest risk of oil contamination can have serious consequences, often resulting in significant expense. Gardner Denver will be available to talk about the benefits of oil-free technology for vacuum and pressure applications.

The company has been championing the latest oil-free advances across its product ranges, including the high-pressure Belliss and Morcom brand for PET bottle blowing applications, CompAir compressors for process air, and Elmo Rietschle vacuum pumps. Its latest innovation is Ultima, a water-cooled oil-free compressor from its CompAir range, which can offer up to 12% improved energy efficiency compared to a conventional two-stage machine with a 37% smaller footprint.

Most sites in the food and beverage industry currently use oil-lubricated vacuum pumps. Given that this machinery is typically located close to where foodstuffs are being processed this risks products becoming contaminated if the system is not operating correctly. While there are stringent standards in place to regulate the quality and specification of compressed air applications, there is no matching regulation in place for the exhaust air quality from vacuum pumps – and this is an issue on which Gardner Denver is campaigning for changes in legislation and will be happy to discuss with delegates at the event.

The ‘connected’ food factory
Omron Industrial Automation is a manufacturer of automation products and a supplier of application expertise. Food & drink manufacturing is a core strategic focus for the company and it has a dedicated team of food industry professionals working collaboratively with customers to help improve competitiveness, globalisation, product diversification, supply-chain traceability and needs-orientated production. Delegates will be able to talk to the Omron team about automation solutions, which utilise common communication architectures to provide seamless connectivity and simplified solutions for migrating information from the automation to IT environment, enabling the company to help realise the goal of a smarter, ‘connected’ food factory.

OAL will be bringing its food industry experts to the event, as well as demonstrations of some of its innovative automation solutions designed to help tackle productivity, efficiency, and traceability issues. Its technology portfolio includes collaborative robotics, advanced vision, machine learning and big data, all overlaid onto its trusted solution areas of dry materials handling, liquid processing, and packaging line control. Delegates will also be able to discuss its cutting-edge APRIL Robotics Weighing Station for fully automated weighing with a collaborative robot and its rapid steam infusion cooking solution with cryogenic cooling to reduce food waste and preserve flavours.
 
Focusing on hygienic solutions
Motor manufacturer Lafert specialises in supplying tailor-made solutions. This has resulted in the introduction of its ‘Marlin’ stainless motor for the food industry. The smooth bodied motor features a round, integral terminal box so there are no crevices or potential catchment areas for germs to breed and fester. In addition, the conventional rating plate has been eliminated, removing yet another contamination risk area. This information is instead etched onto the body of the motor. The Marlin range is IP66 rated and is proven CIP (Clean In Place) suitable. The motors also employ corrosion-resistant rotors.

Proven benefits include savings accrued from avoiding the need for dismantling machines for cleaning, reduced motor failures due to ingress of moisture, and eliminating corrosion, even in corrosive environments.

Blucher has been manufacturing stainless steel drainage units for almost 40 years in the UK so is the company to speak to for any delegates looking for hygienic drainage solutions and to find out how the company has helped solve issues to a variety of food and beverage companies across the globe.

Adopting smart technologies
Rockwell Automation will be on hand to explain how the adoption of smart manufacturing technologies can help improve yield, productivity and efficiency in food and beverage operations and how automation can help industry to contend with the challenges being faced today and how it can help to ensure continuous improvements in productivity and efficiency.

Connected, information-enabled manufacturing is creating new opportunities to help engineers better understand their operations and to get more from them. It creates a single view of operations and enables seamless communications across people, data and assets. This can help to optimise processes and keep operations moving.

Smart manufacturing capitalises on the latest technological advances to re-define what food and beverage manufacturing can be. Rockwell Automation calls this convergence of operational and information technologies (OT & IT) ‘The Connected Enterprise.’ Find out more by talking to Rockwell at the event.

BST is the original inventor of detectable products and materials commonly used in food production environments to reduce foreign body contamination. Its detectable products include pens, scoops, tags, boxes, scrapers and hundreds of common production items – all of which are detectable by either metal detectors, X-ray inspection systems, or both. It will be offering delegates free pens and notepads so don’t miss out! New additions to its range include detectable boxes, detectable security seals, detectable calculators, detectable clipboards, detectable staple-free staplers, detectable buckets, detectable engineering mallets, detectable

New additions to its detectable range include boxes, security seals, calculators, clipboards, staple-free staplers, buckets, mallets, colour coded ID tags, and stickers.

BST recently authored a whitepaper to help technical managers and engineers gain a better understanding of the workings, performance and limitations of detectable products and materials. Copies of this will also be available at the event.

Bio-Oxygen Europe will be attending the event for the first time to demonstrate its air sterilisation, air purification and odour control solutions for the food industry. So, if you have a problem with airborne mould, yeast or bacteria do talk to them. The solution is 100% natural, using only the oxygen found naturally in the ambient air to remove mould and bacteria from both the atmosphere and surfaces. It is proven to kill 99% of bacteria, fungus, yeast, mould, mildew, spores, protozoa and other pathogens. The system has no regular cleaning requirements or consumables. It is not an ioniser and no carbon filters, UV, ozone or chemical scrubbers are used. The solution can also be used to treat exhaust odour to keep both neighbours and DEFRA happy.

BASF will be attending the event to demonstrate its Ucrete industrial flooring, a range of robust floor finishes produced using the company’s own heavy-duty polyurethane resin binder system. Correctly specified, Ucrete will offer many years of service even in very aggressive industrial and process environments which are often found in the food industry. Ucrete industrial flooring is quick and practical to install and meets all the needs of modern processing industry. We are told that there are many 20 to 30-year old Ucrete floors still in service in aggressive environments. Importantly for the food sector it is also non-tainting, even during application and is cleanable to the same standard as stainless steel and does not support biological growth, so helping to maintain hygiene standards.

Join us
We hope we have convinced you that Appetite for Engineering is worth a day of your time. Your peers, and industry advocates will discuss how it is possible to make some huge savings – in energy and time –  and how to increase productivity and efficiencies and improve the working environment. Our speakers will be discussing real-life projects and how they have been achieved. The event is not about hypothetical possibilities.  It is about real-life and real opportunities that the food industry should be considering not to ensure that it remains relevant in the challenging years ahead. 

To register your interest in attending the event and to see the most up to date conference Programme, go to: www.appetite4eng.co.uk


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