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Food for thought in Chicago

Last updated on 03-Jul-2010 at 00:41 GMT2010-07-03T00:41:05Z

Europe's leading centre of excellence for providing automation and robotic knowledge to the food and beverage industry, CenFRA, took centre stage at the 4th annual Food Technology, Innovation & Safety Forum in Chicago in May.

Speaking at the two-day event, Michael Taylor (pictured), CenFRA chairman, discussed the impact that automation and robotics can have in improving overall factory efficiencies, in particular in production and handling.

Delegates were also treated to a demonstration of simulation capabilities that CenFRA can offer for factory operations and bespoke machinery design.

"Simulation technologies enable businesses to successfully evaluate and quantify, at very little cost and in a very short period of time, the benefits and implications of integrating different automation techniques into their manufacturing process," Taylor told delegates.

This enabled the various components to be assessed on a computer screen without any disruption to a company's manufacturing operations.

"By evaluating the business before any physical changes are made, companies can save thousands of pounds," he said.

CenFRA could also help food and drink manufacturers develop bespoke systems and solutions where no suitable commercial option existed, he added.

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