Industry 4.0

Encirc's Industry 4.0 ready production line will feature a number of 'smart' elements

Glass maker prepared for Industry 4.0

By Paul Gander

UK glass manufacturer and filler Encirc has disclosed more details about the ‘world’s first’ Industry 4.0-ready production line it plans to build on its Elton site in Cheshire.

Bells of Lazonby is automating its portioned cake production using a bespoke robotics solution

Industry 4.0 pilot to benefit five food firms

By Rod Addy

Five food firms are set to benefit from an industry 4.0 pilot programme designed to boost their growth through Government match-funding to introduce digital technology.

QR code scanning technology is being increasingly adopted by the drink industry

QR code label growth led by drinks firms

By Ellie Woollven

Seafood and drinks firms are leading a food manufacturing trend in QR code labels, a report from Future Market Insights (FMI) has found.

The use of technology and artificial intelligence can help bring downtime to a minimum

Preventative maintenance

Get with the program: tech to decrease downtime

By Rick Pendrous

Technology and artificial intelligence are increasingly being used to transform machine maintenance, moving towards predictive identification of root cause analysis to prevent downtime.

Staying competitive is the top reason for robotic adoption

Robotic adoption in food and drink: exclusive podcast

By James Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers will continue to adopt robots into their business to stay competitive and become more competitive in the global marketplace, according to Enrico Krog Iversen, chief executive of robotic systems provider OnRobot.

The Nursery Kitchen aims to recruit more staff, expand its customer base and launch new ranges

Nursery meals company dives into Industry 4.0

By Helen Gilbert

The Nursery Kitchen is set to embark on a pilot digital technology programme that will help it move away from outdated, paper-based processes and boost productivity.

Are cobots the future for factories, or will manufacturers resist the robot revolution?

The future factory

Cobots and the future of food factories

By Michelle Knott

Collaborative robots – or cobots – can help reduce labour costs and take on the more boring repetitive tasks in a plant, but how flexible are they and how much resistance is there to their presence in the workplace?

Left to right: Brian Holliday and Peter Nallen

Siemens to help malt firm slash costs

By Helen Gilbert

International brewing giant Boortmalt hopes to reduce its costs by up to 30% within the next 12 months after signing a productivity improvement and technology programme with Siemens Digital Industries.