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Do you have an appetite for automation knowledge?

25 March 2021

We are pleased to be able to invite you to the Appetite for Engineering event to find out more about the benefits of automation and digitalisation technology. The aim of the event is to inspire you to start your own automation journey. 

Now that Government has set down a clear roadmap out of lockdown, we are delighted to have finally secured a date for the next Appetite for Engineering event. It will take place, as a live event, on 9th September, at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry.

Every year the Appetite for Engineering event provides a forum for senior engineering food and beverage professionals to network and learn about the latest engineering and automation technologies and issues that can have a positive effect on business and which helps companies remain competitive in an ever-more challenging business environment.

Applying technology
The conference programme and its associated exhibition are designed to showcase how the food and beverage industry can apply technology to help increase productivity and efficiency and to ensure product safety. Delegates can hear – directly from engineers working in the food industry day in, day out – how and where technology and automation is being adopted, and what benefits it is offering.

The pandemic required the food industry to make some very rapid changes to production lines and we believe that this has acted as a wake-up call for many, in relation to the flexibility and efficiency of their production processes. This will be one of the leading topics of conversation at this year’s event and we believe that this year the Appetite for Engineering event will have additional importance for the food and beverage sector – offering  a very timely opportunity for the industry to finally come together again to discuss challenges and explore solutions. 

While an entire smart food factory is probably still some way off, genuine improvements in efficiency and quality are achievable right now.  For example, it is already possible to upgrade legacy plants and equipment to gain valuable operating or performance data, measure energy consumption, or ensure unexpected production downtime is minimised. You don’t have to have a brand-new plant to adopt technology that will help make your business more profitable. 

Advances in intelligent connectivity and automation technologies continue apace and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and smart machines and factories are starting to become reality for many. The food and drink industry now has a real opportunity to make major productivity step changes. For engineering leaders looking to remain competitive in the UK’s ever-more challenging supply chain, understanding how to maximise the opportunity to grow and develop businesses and organisations through better plant, productivity, process and people is crucial.

We invite you to join us on 9th September – to participate in the discussion and learn more about how you could reap the benefits of automation technology. 

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