Engineering innovation in food manufacturing

A lecture at Savoy Place aims to show how engineering innovation and automation can help the food industry become more sustainable, profitable and successful.

Organised to mark the 10th anniversary of the Food Manufacturing Engineering Group (FMEG), the free-to-attend presentation at the IET’s London HQ is due to run from 6pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday 16 November 2010.

It will focus on the design and recent installation of state-of-the-art automation at a 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 shift to advanced manufacturing procedures.

The keynote speakers are Simon Lushey, senior food technologist at Marks and Spencer, 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 manufacturer, retailer and consumer. Measurable improvements such as waste reduction, lower energy bills and the removal of non-value added activities will be demonstrated. The technology solutions include box assembly, end-of-line palletisation, pick and place robots, and automated packaging.

The FMEG said that the event would 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,” said Professor John Gray, chairman of FMEG.

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