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Atelier Dumon: A One Stop Shop Company – For Your Materials Pallet Handling Needs

    Atelier Dumon: A One Stop Shop Company – For Your Materials Pallet Handling Needs

Bespoke design and automation of material pallet handling solutions and hydraulic elevators is the core business of Atelier Dumon.
Atelier Dumon is a family owned company, based in Bruges, Belgium, specializing in internal goods moving systems, machinery and hydraulic elevators. For more than 60 years the company has been providing automatic solutions for production processes for […]

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APRIL Secures £449,850 Innovate UK Government Project

    APRIL Secures £449,850 Innovate UK Government Project

OAL Group has secured a £448,850 Innovate UK funded project to further develop its APRIL™ robotics material handling systems for food manufacturers. The new project focuses on overcoming the well documented productivity challenges food manufacturers face preparing ingredients. It will be led by engineers from OAL in partnership with the University of Lincoln and will utlise […]

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Stork AMF-i Sets the World’s Benchmark – Breast Cap Filleting Meets Intelligence

    Stork AMF-i Sets the World’s Benchmark – Breast Cap Filleting Meets Intelligence

Breast cap deboning is an extremely important stage in any poultry processing plant. During this process, end products with the highest value, such as breast fillets and tenderloins, should be harvested in the most accurate and consistent way with highest yield. That’s why markets around the world ask for the most efficient automated solutions to […]

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Goliath – A ‘Spirited’ Automation Systems Provider

    Goliath – A ‘Spirited’ Automation Systems Provider

Goliath Packaging Systems, in business since 2007, sources, supplies, installs & after-sales services a comprehensive range of End-of-Line Automation, Materials Handling & Industrial Washing equipment to the Irish Food/Beverage sector with recent projects successfully delivered for whiskey distillers such as Cooley Distillery (Beam Suntory), Bushmill’s plus William Grant & Sons amongst others.
The Goliath product range […]

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Graduate Trainees Taste the Future of Food Manufacturing

    Graduate Trainees Taste the Future of Food Manufacturing

Rising stars of the food industry saw and tasted the future when they visited the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) as part of their graduate development programmes. The graduates, who are currently part of schemes at Marks & Spencer and Bakkavor, visited NCFM for dedicated training days to experience the technologies […]

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Largest UK Sushi Manufacturer Uses Automation For Retailer Compliance

    Largest UK Sushi Manufacturer Uses Automation For Retailer Compliance

Ichiban UK has invested in automation to ensure compliance with retailers’ codes of practice. The OAL system has prevented label and packaging errors that can result in substantial fines and help identify areas for improvement during production. Ichiban UK is the leading supplier of both own label and branded authentic sushi for major retailers. Ichiban […]

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GT2e Brings Speed and Flexibility to New Lines

    GT2e Brings Speed and Flexibility to New Lines

Heat sealing specialists Proseal has played a key supporting role in the development of the new production facilities at 2 Sisters’ Scunthorpe factory. The ambitious cutting and retail packing project is able to deliver 1.2 million birds per week, and it is therefore vital that every part of the line can deal with this high […]

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Pacepacker Services Leads the Way With Automation Awareness Workshops

    Pacepacker Services Leads the Way With Automation Awareness Workshops

Pacepacker Services is teaming up with renowned equipment manufacturer and training provider Festo, to offer Automation Awareness Workshops for its customers, involving all those with a stake in the automation process in smoothing the journey, while maximising the benefits and, ultimately, ROI. The workshops will focus on how customers can integrate systems and extract full benefit […]

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Gemak Equips New Village Dairy Yogurt Plant

    Gemak Equips New Village Dairy Yogurt Plant

Earlier this year, Gemak was awarded a contract to manufacture and commission a state-of-the-art continuous yogurt processing plant at Llaeth y Llan, Village Dairy where Gareth Roberts and his family have been producing superb, award winning yogurts since the ‘80s. Plenty of hard work and perseverance has helped create a beautiful Welsh yogurt that people […]

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Conveyor Systems Ltd – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

    Conveyor Systems Ltd – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Conveyor Systems Ltd offer an array of engineering expertise and a wealth of experience in materials handling solutions however complex, tailored to suit customer’s individual requirements in a wide range of industries.
At CSL we have a comprehensive range of conveyor equipment to provide complete automated turnkey materials handling systems, including design, installation and commissioning conveyors […]

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Gideon Hillman Consulting – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

    Gideon Hillman Consulting – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Gideon Hillman Consulting, established in 2004, is one of the UKs leading Supply Chain and Logistics Consultancies servicing it’s clients throughout the UK and Europe. It is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company, a recognised member practice of the Institute of Consulting and a corporate member of UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association).
IMHX is the largest meeting […]

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Smart Solutions From AutoCoding Systems

AutoCoding Systems has recognised that there is a growing requirement to communicate with and collect data from a wide range of devices, as well as interface to various business information systems to enable factories to work smarter.
As a global provider of automation solutions to factory production and packaging areas, AutoCoding Systems has developed a suite […]

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APRIL Robotic Chef to launch at University of Lincoln

Robotics and automation has prospered in many manufacturing industries but there has been limited progress in food production because of a lack of enabling technologies leading to islands of automation. When focusing on ready meal manufacturing, the finished product can often be over-processed and costly due to the inefficiencies of traditional cooking and processing methods.
OAL […]

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How to Scale a Food & Drink Business – Conference & Exhibition, Aviva Stadium, 16th September 2015

    How to Scale a Food & Drink Business – Conference & Exhibition, Aviva Stadium, 16th September 2015

The second annual Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Wednesday, 16th September 2015. The theme of this year’s conference and exhibition is ‘How to Scale a Food & Drink Business’.
Food Wise 2025, which will build on the Irish Government’s successful Harvest 2020 development strategy, has […]

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Potato Processor Kadi lowers energy use with TOMRA Eco steam peeler

Manufacturer of potato products and other frozen foods for the Swiss foodservice
Enthusiastic chefs create from day to day the favorite dishes of the Swiss people. It goes without saying that in Kadi’s strive for consistent quality management they use the latest technologies and that’s where TOMRA comes in the picture.

 
 
Due to excessive maintenance costs Kadi […]

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Anuga FoodTec 2015: Robots have become indispensable in food and beverage production

Robots ensure efficiency and reliability
Food processing places special demands on robot technology
The world of robotics is currently facing another breakthrough: small, lightweight, comfortable and above all, flexible – that’s how engineers envisage the industrial lightweight robots of the future. The greatest revolution, however, will be the direct cooperation between man and machine
– without a separating […]

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Marel Introduces Next Generation of Whitefish Processing Lines

    Marel Introduces Next Generation of Whitefish Processing Lines

Whitefish processing is about to take a giant leap forward, with the launch of Marel’s FleXicut, a trimming robot for high precision bone detection and removal.
The bones in whitefish are notoriously difficult to locate and remove, and the process traditionally requires a lot of skilled labour. The automation of this process with FleXicut is therefore […]

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Lamb Weston Meijer Invests in New State-of-the-Art Potato Grading Area in Kruiningen

    Lamb Weston Meijer Invests in New State-of-the-Art Potato Grading Area in Kruiningen

Lamb Weston / Meijer, manufacturer of deep-frozen potato products and dried potato flakes, is investing 20 million euros in its biggest plant in Kruiningen, Zeeland (NL). A fully-automated potato sorting process is being implemented in a new, state-of-the-art potato grading area.
To realize the plans, various former production buildings are being replaced with a single potato […]

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New Generation Robotic Palletiser is Top of the Class

    New Generation Robotic Palletiser is Top of the Class

FANUC Robotics UK has launched a new universal palletising robot that boasts best-in-class speed, payload, energy-efficiency and reach. The M410-iC/185 is the first of a new generation of palletising robots that combines FANUC’s proven 99.99% reliability with tangible improvements in performance, allowing food and beverage manufacturers to palletise heavier loads faster and stack pallets higher.
Thanks […]

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Autotech Scoops Award From Siemens

    Autotech Scoops Award From Siemens

At its recent 2013 Solution Partner Conference, Siemens awarded the accolade of ‘Best Factory Automation Partner’ to Autotech Controls. Autotech beat off tough competition from fellow nominees for the award. The criteria for the accolade were wide-ranging, encompassing not only technical competence but also the ability to deliver complex projects, customer interaction, working in partnership […]

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New Meyn Demo and training centre now open

    New Meyn Demo and training centre now open

On October 2nd 2013 Meyn officially opened its expanded Demo and training centre, when Scott Russell (Global Sales Director of Meyn) and Willem Wals (owner of Vleeshandel Topkip B.V. and the premises in which the Meyn Demo and training centre is located) unveiled a nameplate.
The new Meyn Demo and training centre gives us the possibility to extend our training […]

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Pacepacker Services Makes Snack Stacking Simple

    Pacepacker Services Makes Snack Stacking Simple

Pacepacker Services has assisted a leading snacks manufacturer in increasing their output of packed crisp boxes with the installation of six Fanuc M-410 robotic palletising systems.  Palletising over 5,000 boxes of crisps per hour the robots have been integrated into ALL of the six packing lines within the company’s factory and enabled them to bring […]

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PR318 Long standing relationship leads to more tray sealer orders for PA

Flavourfresh Solfresh group is one of the leading salads producers in theUKwhose business focuses entirely on the growing, packaging and distribution of tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries.
Packaging Automation has been a supplier to Flavourfresh for nearly a decade ever since the retailers started to demand that fresh produce which was previously presented in a flow wrapped […]

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Food-grade conveyors stand up to processing projects

Dynamic Conveyor has released a new line of DynaClean conveyors, suitable for food processing operations.
Manufactured using high density polyethylene (HDPE), UHMW and a minimal amount 304 stainless-steel, the conveyor systems in the DynaClean line are suitable for food processing and packaging applications.
HPDE (a plastic material approved by various US agencies) is used to construct the […]

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Automated Solution Puts the Fizz Back into Production

    Automated Solution Puts the Fizz Back into Production

Within any business, finding a like-minded supplier can be a recipe for success and in the case of Ridgeview Wines, the UK-based family-run wine producers, investing in an Endoline system solution has achieved exactly this. By automating a previously labour intensive operation Endoline has increased the efficiency and productivity on a production line which has […]

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ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS TRAINING IS PROVEN TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY, AND SAVE TIME AND MONEY

Companies in the food processing and production industry thatstruggle with tough and re-occurring problems can increase productivity, and save time and money, by utilising root cause analysis (RCA) techniques taught by training company Sologic in collaboration with The Red Cat Partnership.
RCA is a modern method of problem solving which enables users to methodically and systematically […]

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Tekpak’s Flexible High Speed Case Packer Automates Off-line (WIP) Production

    Tekpak’s Flexible High Speed Case Packer Automates Off-line (WIP) Production

Robotic packaging line manufacturer, TekPak, has recently launched an innovative pick and place case packer which is described as a flexible high speed system for vertical case packing quad bags, pouches and doy packs.
The all stainless steel robot, which uses a Elau/Schneider control system, represents the latest development from the company and has widespread applications, […]

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Logistics Group Benefits From Endoline Automated Packing Line

    Logistics Group Benefits From Endoline Automated Packing Line

An automated packing line, installed by Endoline Machinery, which erects and seals cases containing up to 26,000 bottles of wine per day, has enabled Europa Worldwide Logistics to meet its growing next-day delivery targets for its customer, a leading dot.com wine supplier. Plus it has improved pack presentation, significantly increased the throughput of boxes and […]

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Birtwistle Catering Butchers switches from hand cutting to automatic portioning using Marel’s I-Cut 36

Continuing increases in demand, along with the obvious need to remain competitive, led Birtwistle Catering Butchers, a fourth generation family business that was purchased 12 months ago by Steve Woollands, to make the monumental decision in early 2012 to switch from cutting by hand to automatic portioning of their quality meat products. 
An extensive search […]

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IDHAMMAR SYSTEMS LAUNCH BLOG TO PROVIDE KEY UPDATES AND INSIGHTS INTO LEAN MANUFACTURING AND MAINTENANCE

Idhammar Systems, leading provider of lean manufacturing and maintenance software including CMMS and OEE systems announced the launch of their lean manufacturing and maintenance blog today [5h November 2012, UK] which aims to  provide relevant and engaging content that explores the benefits of adopting lean practices and software to uncover areas of waste and inefficiency. […]

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Gerald and Ralf Schubert Named Chief Executive Officers at Schubert

    Gerald and Ralf Schubert Named Chief Executive Officers at Schubert

When Gerhard Schubert presented his first hot-melt box erecting and gluing machine to the public 46 years ago, his sons Gerald and Ralf were only two and five years old, respectively. It was the beginning of a success story in many ways.
That box erecting and gluing machine was followed by a series of technical highlights […]

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ADAMS FOODS: AUTOMATION AT THE END OF THE LINE

16 Marel OCM9500 Box Labellers deliver consistent weighing accuracy at higher speeds than manual labelling and reduce manning levels on the line.
Adams Foods, founded in 1922, is the UK’s leading supplier of retail pre-packed cheese and butter famously branded as Kerrygold, Pilgrims Choice, Horlicks Farms and MU. Their two highly efficient processing plants stock the […]

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Ishida Solution Helps Open Up New Snack Opportunity

    Ishida Solution Helps Open Up New Snack Opportunity

Ishida Europe has developed a versatile mix-weighing solution for Benelux frozen snacks market leader Ad van Geloven for the introduction of a new product range in the important savoury snacks market.
In many European countries, frozen snacks that can be heated in minutes in an oven, frying pan or air-fryer are very popular as appetisers and […]

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SICK technology days come to a venue near you

    SICK technology days come to a venue near you

Sensing solutions specialist SICK UK is hitting the road with a series of its popular Technology Days to bring expert advice in Machine Vision, Auto Ident and Measurement to the production doorstep
The free ‘drop-in’ workshops are specially-designed to enable quality and production engineers to take a short time out of a busy day to gain […]

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Cheshire firm wins gold with Investors in People

    Cheshire firm wins gold with Investors in People

The UK’s leading people management standard, Investors in People specialises in transforming business performance through people. The Gold standard is awarded to truly cutting-edge organisations, operating at the highest level of people management practice.
A rigorous four day assessment was undertaken which included interviews with many of SolutionsPT’s employees. Performance was reviewed against 196 evidence requirements […]

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Egemin Sets Foot on Mexican Soil With AGVs

    Egemin Sets Foot on Mexican Soil With AGVs

Egemin has signed a contract with La Costena, a Mexican producer of canned foods. Egemin is to install a new AGV system in the La Costena warehouse close to Mexico City. Seven laser-guided AGVs will transport pallets of chillies between the packing lines and the distribution area.
The new system will be installed without interrupting production […]

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FAST, EFFICIENT LOW VOLUME LABELLING

New to the Marel range, the WPL9010 Manual Weigh Price Labeller is ideal for low volume labelling of individual packs, product development or products unsuited to automatic labelling.

With automatic stability sensing, overload protection, easy label editing and choice of operational modes, the WPL9010  brings the technical benefits of an automatic system to manual labelling. It […]

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Robots protect jobs at Premier Foods

London – That automation can protect, rather than destroy, jobs by improving the productivity, competitiveness and skills base of UK manufacturing, was the recurring theme of Gambica’s recent Automated Britain conference in London.
The point was well illustrated by Bob Spooner of Premier Foods, who described how the company had taken a strategic decision about three years […]

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World’s first robotic milking rotary introduced in Australia

    World’s first robotic milking rotary introduced in Australia

The world’s first commercial robotic milking rotary has been unveiled by Swedish dairy equipment company DeLaval at a pilot farm at Quamby Brook, Tasmania, Australia.
DeLaval manufactured the robotic rotary dairy, called the Automatic Milking Rotary (AMR), and has installed the system at the farm, owned and operated by the Dornauf family.
The technology has been developed […]

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Acquisition creates the UK’s largest automation control supplier

Autotech Controls Ltd has purchased Igranic Control Systems Ltd and PSJ Fabrications Ltd to form Automated Technology Group (ATG) Ltd, the largest automation control company in the country.

The acquisition brings together expertise and experience in diverse market sectors to form a group with a combined turnover of around £30 million. Commented Andy Robinson, Managing Director […]

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New Marel IPL Robot system installed at the Blini factory.

32,000 blinis! That’s how many of those delicious little pancakes are packed every hour by the Marel IPL Robot system at the Blini factory which is located just outside the historic city of Caen, Normandy, France.

With demand growing steadily at around 3% p.a., the successful Blini company – a member of the Labeyrie Fine Foods […]

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POSITIVE ATTITUDE FOLLOWS AT NEW MEATUP EXHIBITION

[ June 2, 2013 10:00 am to June 3, 2013 5:00 pm. ] The new MEATUP exhibition at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire has been a resounding success, as the £24 billion UK meat industry showcased and networked together, obtaining new business and fresh ideas.

Over 2,000 visitors were greeted by top names throughout the meat trade, in addition to specialist workshops and competitions. With a move to the NEC […]

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Welcome to Vitafoods Europe!

[ May 22, 2012 10:00 am to May 24, 2012 5:00 pm. ]

The meeting place for everyone interested in nutraceuticals, functional foods and the functional drinks industries.

Vitafoods Europe 2011 was a record breaking success! With over 10,350 attendees meeting 500 of the industry’s leading suppliers, updating their industry knowledge through the many attractions and making serious business deals.

Geneva, Switzerland

To receive your free sample copy of  Food & Drink Business Europe […]

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IPS automates convenience food line Dynamic regulation maximizes output

Crailsheim. The Kepak Group from Ireland now benefits from a new assembly and packaging line for hamburgers in which every individual unit responds flexibly to the product flow in the upstream and downstream sections of the line. Compared to a conventional
rigid system, this concept makes a huge difference to the average output performance. Temporary delays […]

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Pace Mechanical Handling Steps Up in Robotic Palletising With Yaskawa

Pace Mechanical Handling, the family owned Lincolnshire business that specialises in robotic palletising, packing and handling systems in the food and aggregates industry, has selected MOTOMAN robots from Yaskawa as the preferred robot for its robotic automation projects. “The main reasons for a move towards MOTOMAN robots were ease of programming, speed performance and the […]

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Automation firm appoints new product manager to champion the concept of availability

HardwarePT, the hardware and availability business unit of Cheadle based SolutionsPT, has appointed Rob Dinsmore as product manager.

 Dinsmore will be championing the company’s availability portfolio, including products from Stratus Technologies and ACP ThinManager as well as SolutionsPT’s own managed care support services.
Availability of a system over its life-cycle is typically measured as a factor […]

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Autotech invests further in robotic simulation

Control systems specialist, Autotech Controls Ltd, has expanded its robotic simulation and virtual manufacturing services with an investment of approximately £375,000 in new software and hardware.
With a total of seven Tecnomatix Robcad packages and one Process Simulate seat, Autotech now has greater production simulation capacity than any other Siemens Solution Partner in the UK. […]

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Almarai invests in integrated poultry processing and packing with Meyn-Ishida

Almarai, the largest dairy producer in the Gulf region has recently decided to invest a substantial amount
of 4 billion SAR (800 million Euro) in their poultry activities. This investment is part of Almarai’s long term
vision to take full advantage of the opportunities the poultry market will bring. One of the steps in this
investment plan is […]

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Seven Generations of Excellence

    Seven Generations of Excellence

Managed by seven generations of the same family, Norwegian meat processor Grilstad is investing in the latest Robotic Slicing technology from Marel.
Based in Trondheim, Grilstad is a private company managed by the seventh generation of the Jenssen family with the same pride and dedication to quality established by their ancestors in 1790.
Today, the company has […]

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Food manufacturers opting for optima performance

Drives and controls are fundamental to keeping the wheels of the food industry turning. Obsolete systems can have a negative impact on productivity levels and processing operations even at the most profitable of companies.
Optima Control Solutions Ltd (OCS) already has a global reputation for improving productivity and energy efficiency in a range of industries […]

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Lorien helps independent UK bakery extend its existing process and packaging plant

For the past two years, Cheshire-based family bakery Frank Roberts & Sons has been working with engineers at Lorien Engineering Solutions on a multi-million-pound automation project that will make its production more cost-efficient.
Compliance engineers at Lorien have been working with the bakery’s international equipment suppliers to extend its existing process and packaging plant.
Tony Reynolds, compliance […]

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Kliklok Launches New Robot Loader at PPMA Show

Kliklok International will be demonstrating their new Collating Robotic Loader (CRL) and Race Track system at the forthcoming PPMA exhibition. A brand new innovation from Kliklok, the CRL is a flexible machine ideally suited to handle the output from low to high speed wrappers and collate wrapped products into cartons or trays at up to […]

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