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Food Processing Awards - Company of the Year

15 August 2013

To cast your vote for the Company of the Year category of the Food Processing Awards 2013 simply email your choice to chris.shaw@imlgroup.co.uk

1) Olympus Automation
Olympus Automation, based in Peterborough, is a leading controls and automation company, operating for 20 years in the food and beverage industry. Starting off in 1993 as a pure software company, we have grown to be able offer full turnkey process solutions and have handled multimillion pound powder handling projects in bakery. Olympus Automation’s strength is being able to deliver excellent projects on time and build up long lasting relationships with customers, emphasised by the fact that 80% of our £10 million sales comes from referrals. Olympus Automation this year launched the PDX Products division which targets bringing exceptional efficiencies to the food and beverage industry. This includes the market leading PDX Autocoding, the most effective label and date security system protecting 723 lines globally from product recalls. Along with the PDX Reactor, an advanced food processing system capable of producing 1000kg of tomato sauce in 6 minutes. Finally we are the first company to bring 3D Scanning to the food industry, offering full visibility and measurements of your factory from your PC and the option to import into CAD software.

2) Testo
Testo Limited is based in Alton, Hampshire and has been operating for 30 years as the UK subsidiary of testo AG, selling products throughout the UK and Ireland. It offers an extensive range of instrumentation manufactured to the highest standards that provide customers with exceptional durability, functionality and ease of use. testo instruments can be purchased either direct from the UK or from a wide range of resellers and distributors throughout the UK and Ireland.
Testo instruments are widely used in the food sector: including food manufacture, transport, storage, distribution and retail. It has a fully equipped service, calibration and repair centre run by an experienced team. Its UKAS (ISO/IEC 17025:2005) accredited laboratory calibrate a wide range of instrumentation and can manage equipment inventories of varying quantities, offering fixed term contracts with fast turnaround times, at competitive prices.

3) Bürkert
Bürkert is a healthy company that is entirely family-owned. We are masters of our own destiny and invest only our own money in state-of-the-art technology and superlative quality. At the end of 2012 Bürkert UK moved premises and continue to grow in the process market, particularly in food and beverage processing. We aim for financial results together with our core goals: Independence, Technology & Quality Leadership and Culture.

Because there is a huge emphasis on the culture, we have managed to attract and retain the best professionals in the industry. Our regular free training has helped share knowledge within the industry and attendees enjoy the courses due to the relaxed learning environment all delivered by Bürkert industry experts. 

4) Loma Systems
Loma Systems is a leading global supplier of metal detection, checkweighing and X-ray inspection that helps manufacturers keep their products safe. 
Over the last 24 months, Loma systems has grown from strength to strength with profits increasing by over 5% thanks to a number of business improvement methods.  The company has made this turnaround by adopting new operating processes and practices which Loma call their ‘ToolBox’.  All departments have adopted common business simplification tools to improve the operation helping Loma to focus on what it does best, as well as making it more streamlined, productive, staff engaging, measurable, transparent and profitable.
Such improvements include:

  • Reduction in the number maintenance contract options to reduce paperwork and ensure engineers can spend more time customer facing
  • Reduction in x-ray build time and average lead time for standard products
  • Streamlining suppliers resellers and distributors using score carding to rate performance and suggest improvements
  • Faster service response call out time via data analysis
  • Using actual Market Rate of Demand (MRD) data (rather than forecasted)  to understand product and wear-part consumption in order to eliminate over ordering and excessive inventory
  • Improved employee welfare and increase staff retention by the formation of an employee liaison group and employee engagement planning
  • Setting key performance indicators to empower all staff to self-monitor their work and holding regular events to facilitate staff interaction.

5) Cambridge Consultants
Cambridge Consultants is a world-class supplier of innovative product development engineering and technology consulting. Working from our laboratories in Cambridge, UK, and Boston, USA, we have all the in-house skills needed to help you to create an innovative concept right the way through to taking your product into manufacturing. Most of our projects deliver prototype hardware or software and trials production batches. Equally, our technology consultants can help you to maximise your product portfolio and technology roadmap. 

We provide engineering product development services from idea conception to transfer to production to deliver innovative solutions with:
 Reduced time to market
 Increased return on investment
 Reduced risk
For both innovative start-up companies and world-leading blue-chip organisations, we are trusted partners of R&D and marketing managers providing strategic advice on innovation management, management of R&D, product development and the market strategy for first-in-class products.


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