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FMEG mark 10th anniversary with free-to-attend food industry automation lecture

08 November 2010

Set beside the River Thames in the heart of London, the IET’s Savoy Place provides the unique venue for a free-to-attend food industry lecture that marks the 10th anniversary of the Food Manufacturing Engineering Group (FMEG)

Taking place on Tuesday 16 November 2010 (18:00-20:30), this not-to-be-missed event, entitled ‘Engineering Innovation and Automation for a Sustainable Food Industry,’ aims to show the food industry how it can be more sustainable, profitable and successful through engineering innovation and automation. The presentation will focus on the design and recent installation of state-of-the-art automation at a premier food manufacturing facility, including aspects of overall strategic planning, engineering and hygienic system design. Staff training and staff motivation will also be highlighted as vital issues in achieving a paradigm shift to advanced manufacturing procedures.

The keynote speakers are Simon Lushey, Senior Food Technologist at Marks and Spencer Plc, and Tom Crawford, Projects Manager at Ginsters, which is part of the £650m, 7,000-employee Samworth Brothers group of companies.

The ‘Innovation through Engineering’ presentations will show how the adoption of automated technology has provided benefits for the manufacturer, the retailer and the consumer.

Measurable improvements such as waste reduction, lower energy bills and the removal of non-value added activities will be clearly demonstrated. The technology solutions include box assembly, end-of-line palletisation, pick and place robots, and automated packaging.

Ultimately the event will provide a fascinating indication of what can be achieved by a carefully planned uptake of appropriate innovative technology in what is currently the UK’s largest manufacturing sector.

“A carefully introduced, phased programme of automation involving all the staff and linked to appropriate training is a very cost-effective way to increase all-over profitability – and to make the industry more sustainable. This lecture presents the case for automation via a very relevant, recently implemented case study that demonstrates clearly what can be achieved”, comments Professor John Gray, Chairman of FMEG.

Founded in 2000, the aim of the FMEG is to promote automation in food manufacture and assembly as a sustainable strategy to the food industry. The organisation connects disparate members of the food sector, automated food equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and related academic research groups.

It presents information via website, newsletter, seminars and workshops, and sets an agenda for initiatives to further the competitiveness and sustainability of the food industry through automation.

To reserve a free place at the lecture please register online at: http://www.theiet.org/events/2010/food-manufacturing.cfm


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