This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.;2714294;369307;211;0/?ft_width=1&ft_height=1&url=16151650

FMEG meeting to be held at ABB

11 March 2011

An Advanced Automation in Food Manufacture meeting is to be held at ABB in Milton Keynes on 11 May 2011

Major drivers exist to minimise manual operations within the food industry. Investment in automation in the food industry is increasing and the benefits are being appreciated including increased quality, consistency and reduced waste with increased sustainability.

Automation requires clear communication of the benefits to gain management buy in, and involving staff to install, maintain and reconfigure the new equipment. Advanced automation may help generate shareholder value. Speakers have been drawn from industry to give an overview of some current applications and opportunities created by the latest technologies.

The application of automation to food manufacturing can provide the following 10 benefits:
1. Drastically reduced operating costs.
2. Consistently high product quality.
3. Enhanced employee satisfaction.
4. Increased production output rates.
5. Increased product manufacturing flexibility.
6. Enhanced competitiveness through greater efficiency.
7. Improved workplace health and safety
8. Reduce the difficulty of recruiting skilled staff.
9. Reduced capital costs (inventory, work in progress)
10. Space savings in high value manufacturing areas.

It can reduce:
 The number of labour intensive handling operations.
 The final cost of production
 Microbial and foreign body contamination due to human contact, a quality issue
 The stress of environmental effects on the workforce. (e.g. working in a cold atmosphere).

Technical challenges include:
 The reduction and transformation of waste and economical use of energy and water.
 The need for hygienic design, cleaning and decontamination to maintain quality.
Training needs in the food industry related to the introduction of advanced automation

 To explore advanced automated production, reviewing vision systems, grippers and hygiene
 To review the sustainability drivers for automation with case studies
 To view automation from the perspectives of food manufacturers, equipment providers and retailers
 To benchmark automation progress in the UK food industry against progress overseas

Who should attend
 Specialists in automation and robotics from industry
 Process development Managers and Plant designers
 Technical, business, human resources and environmental Managers
 Academics interested in a co-operative projects in the field.

Networking opportunities
The programme links the industrial members of FMEG with the EPSRC Automated Food Assembly Network of researchers from 18 Universities to promote research partnerships with universities and equipment suppliers to improve efficiency and develop new ideas. This is the nineteenth meeting of FMEG, for details of earlier meetings see the website

Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page


Article image Is your company best in class?

The challenges facing the food and beverage industry are many, but they are not insurmountable.Full Story...

Article image Inspiring tomorrow’s food engineers

The Appetite for Skills initiative is continuing throughout 2014 in a bid to inspire young people to consider a career in the food and beverage industry.Full Story...

Improve your productivity and profit with the latest food processing innovations at Foodex 2014

Findus Group acquires leading frozen potato brand

Food producers must embrace innovation warns 2 Sisters


Article image Is your company best in class?

The challenges facing the food and beverage industry are many, but they are not insurmountable.Full Story...

Article image Improve your productivity and profit with the latest food processing innovations at Foodex 2014

Foodex 2014, the UK’s premier trade event for the food and drink industry, is returning in 2014 to offer a one-stop shop for food processing professionals across the full industry spectrum including bakery, beverage, dairy, fresh, ingredients, logistics, meat and seafood sectors.Full Story...

Gainsborough Engineering – Automatic packaging machinery engineers

A4E: Bosch Rexroth is headline sponsor


Article image Cargill set to diversify by transforming from corn to wheat processing

Cargill is set to grow and diversify its product portfolio at its starches and sweeteners plant in Germany with products such as vegetable wheat protein, specialised industrial wheat starches and advanced bio-fuel. Full Story...

Events explore food safety culture

The subject of food safety culture is to be tackled by a series of seminars, organised by totrain, to be held at three separate venues across the UK. Full Story...

Recognising innovation at the Food Processing Awards

Gently does it with twin-screw technology

Solving a handling problem for Britvic