Technology & Automation

From industry speakers, packaging innovations and awards, this year's PPMA will have something for everyone

PPMA Total Show 2019

Enthusiasm high in run-up to PPMA Total Show 2019

By Noli Dinkovski

Despite many challenges facing the processing and packaging industry, enthusiasm for this year’s PPMA Total Show remains high and organisers are upbeat.

A cavalcade of packaging and labelling technology will be on display at this year’s PPMA Total show

PPMA Total Show 2019

PPMA Total Show preview

By Noli Dinkovski

From robotics to baggers to boot washers, we take a look at some of the new items on display at the PPMA Total Show this year.

The report reveals the latest R&D trends

Top 15 food firms disclose £900m+ R&D spend

By Rod Addy

The UK's top 15 food processors spent more than £900m annually on research and development, according to the latest available data, with the lion's share of that invested by Unilever.

Coveney urges delegates at this year's Food Manufacture Business Leaders' Forum to prepare for a 'no-deal'

Business Leaders’ Forum

Save the date for Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture’s next Business Leaders’ Forum will be the most historic yet, as the food supply chain grapples with Brexit’s impact, and senior industry representatives are urged to keep 21 January 2020 free.

Carrie Jones-Barber and Steven Verweij, poised to start the packing line at Evesham

Bakery ingredients firm launches packing line

By Rod Addy

Dawn Foods has made 'significant investment' in a new automated dry packing line at its Evesham factory in Worcestershire, following the launch of revamped packaging across its entire product portfolio.

What are the emerging threats? How can the industry manage them effectively? The Food Safety Briefing will address these questions

Food Safety Briefing takes place on 15 October

By Rod Addy

Food Manufacture's Food Safety Briefing, chaired by chief executive of Campden BRI Steven Walker and sponsored by RSSL, will take place online on 15 October at 3pm.

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.

Seepex UK's new dough pump system has proved itself in trials

Successful trial for sticky dough pump system

By David Challis

A system to tackle sticky dough more efficiently, reducing production waste, improving health and hygiene and minimising manual handling, has been successfully tested at a ciabatta bread and baguette bakery by pump specialist Seepex UK.

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.

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