Industry 4.0

The future of logistic and the supply chain lies in software as a service, according to Deltion

Logistics in the cloud: Deltion

By Gwen Ridler

Deltion has taken the concept of software as a service and applied it to the food and drink supply chain, as business development manager Bashir Kahn explains.

Tetra Pak's new digital marketplace will make product purchasing more accessible for manufacturers

Tetra Pak opens virtual marketplace

By Michelle Perrett

Food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has launched an “industry first” with a full-scale virtual marketplace for the food and beverage (F&B) industry.

Ocado reported a pre-tax loss of £214m in 2019

Warehouse fire deepens Ocado loss in 2019

By Gwen Ridler

Online retailer Ocado has reported a £214m pre-tax loss for the year ended December 2019, after costs resulting from a fire at its Andover customer fulfilment centre ate into profits.

Made Smarter supports investment in a range of industrial digital technologies, including data analytics, artificial intelligence and robotics

Food firms win funds to boost digital technology

Food firms win funds to boost digital technology

By Noli Dinkovski

Four food companies are to ramp up their digital capabilities after securing funds from the Made Smarter programme.

 The executive teams of Handtmann Group and Inotec Group

Handtmann to offer more automation after Inotec deal

By Noli Dinkovski

Food processing kit manufacturer Handtmann Group has claimed its acquisition of fellow German mixing and emulsification company Inotec Group will enable it to offer a greater level of automation.

Senseye, ABB and Teknomek discuss the ways in which manufacturers can make their factories smarter

A smarter way for manufacturing

By Noli Dinkovski

Predictive maintenance, coupled with good design, can help maximise a plant’s output and minimise downtime. So, what’s the best way for manufacturers to capitalise on this smarter way of working?

Food industry leaders already utilise the platform’s monitoring of 100,000-plus web pages to identify documents, articles, commentaries, images and labels that together create a vast database of compliance services

Tech provider launches improved intelligence platform

By Dan Colombini

Technology solutions provider SGS Digicomply has launched its Smart Knowledge Explorer intelligence platform, providing food and drink manufacturers with greater access to regulatory intelligence in over 100 markets.

Falfish's systems enable it to trace customers' products back to catches made by individual boats, managing fluctuating stocks

Second of a two-part interview on take-up of software and automated processes

Half of food firms operate paper-based planning processes

By Rod Addy

Half of all food firms have processes that include significant paper-based planning, with some larger players completely paper-led, according to Rob Stephens, managing director at Systems Integration (SI).

Firms producing perishable products are increasingly turning to software systems to keep pace with raw material orders

Two-part interview on take-up of software and automated processes

EU exit concerns drive companies towards automation

By Rod Addy

Food firms are being driven to automate ordering and production in response to the effects of the UK Brexit vote, according to Systems Integration (SI).

3D printing could be used to make plant-based meat easier to produce and contain healthier ingredients

3D printing to boost plant-based meat production

By Gwen Ridler

Producers of plant-based ‘meat’ are increasingly turning to 3D printing firms to help speed up the manufacturing process and create products that more closely resemble real meat.

Sharing data among food businesses will help achieve climate change goals, claimed Leveson-Gower

Defra: Collaboration and sharing data key

By Gwen Ridler

Collaboration and sharing data up and down the food and drink supply chain requires the whole of industry to work together, according to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ (Defra’s) head of innovation policy in the food and drink...

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 Gwen 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.