A food industry research project has confirmed six areas for investigation in which engineering innovation could boost productivity and is now pressing the industry to get involved.
The Championing Innovation between the Engineering and Food Sectors (ChIEFS) project, driven by the Food Processing Knowledge Transfer Network (FPKTN), has confirmed a shortlist of six areas ranging from machine design to liquid purification. Other subjects for exploration are: modular design/plug and play equipment, active surfaces, online sensing and late customisation.
In a letter to delegates who attended the Targeting Food Innovation event at Nottingham Centre Parcs in June, David Walklate, technology translator, FPKTN, and Peter Moores, regional manager FPKTN, stated: “The ChIEFS team has developed a series of six project briefs from which we hope to generate future profitable collaborations to develop processing kit that the food industry needs …
“We anticipate that the ChIEFS project team will identify and win funding from government sources to help kick-start all the projects, minimising risk and investment.”
The focus for ChIEFS, which is sponsored by the East Midlands Development Agency, is the East Midlands. The FPKTN hopes developing each of the six spokes of the project will promote the profile of East Midlands’ engineers internationally. The FPKTN is inviting engineers and food businesses willing to work together on each of the six areas to contact it.