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Robot chefs are here, and they’re cooking lunch

Robot chefs are here, and they’re cooking lunch

August 08
09:34 2016

APRIL Robotic ChefGet your lunch cooked by a robot and learn what food manufacturing could look like in 2030. Join us and other food industry leaders to ponder what food processing will look like when we’re in driverless cars at the “Food Manufacturing 2030 Conference” at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach, UK on Thursday 13th October.

See the future
The food industry is ripe for change as it faces a perfect storm driven by the living wage, flat line productivity and food deflation. The University of Lincoln & OAL believe in order to meet these challenges the industry must transform itself with flexible robotics and automation over the next two decades.

Share in our vision of the future and join us on Thursday 13th October; listen to expert speakers and watch demonstrations as we debate food manufacturing in 2030. Designed for senior food professionals, the event is FREE to attend, and we expect strong discussions as we shape the future of our industry.

APRIL will cook lunch.
OAL’s APRIL robotic food processing platform is pushing barriers and attendees will get a taste of the future as she’s cooking lunch. Watch the future of ready meal production as APRIL (Automated Processing Robotic Ingredient Loading) effortlessly twirls a pan around the food processing hall combining ingredients, cooking and cleaning with no human intervention.

Expert Speakers
The conference brings together thought leaders from across the food industry to provide insights into why and how the food industry will change by 2030. Speakers include:
Simon Lushey, Specialist Technical Manager at Marks & Spencer, speaking about why innovation is important to retailing.
Ann Savage, Technical Specialist (Former Group Technical Director at Bakkavor), speaking about the future of chilled food manufacturing.
Steve Osborn, Food Technology Scout, Aurora Ceres Partnership, will be discussing the consumer trends that will shape food manufacturing moving towards 2030.
Andrea Paoli, Senior Lecturer in industrial automation and robotics at the University of Lincoln will be speaking about robotic technological developments.

More industry speakers will be announced, and delegates will hear insight studies from across the food supply chain.

Who should attend?
The event is designed for senior food processing and industry professionals looking to learn how robotics and automation will transform their food businesses. Expected delegate job titles include:
Managing Director, Operations Director, Technical Director, Innovation Director, General Manager, Technology/Innovation Manager, NPD Manager, Continuous Improvement Manager, Technical Director

We believe automation will be a catalyst for change and in April 2016 we set out our vision; to create a Global Centre of Excellence for Automation and Robotics in Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln to:

1. Educate the industry.
2. Partner with visionary early adopters.
3. Deliver disruptive change in manufacturing.

Comments from the University of Lincoln and OAL’s previous event in April 2016 include:

Ross Van Geest, Managing Director, Geest

“Whilst it’s early days for Robotics in the UK food manufacturing industry the opportunity is immense. The launch of OAL’s APRIL last month could well prove to be one of the major milestones in the development of the food industry.”

Annelie Vorster, Continous Improvement, Bokomo Foods

“Great opportunity to see the robotic future of food manufacturing, forward thinking concepts, definitely pleased I signed up”

Craig Leadley, Section Manager, Campden BRI

“Really informative presentations, the lack of adoption of robots to date is startling, and I think this is set to change with the rising costs associated with the living wage”

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