Appetite for Engineering 2017

Morning Sessions

8:30 am

Registration, Coffee & Networking

Take the opportunity to visit the booths, network with your peers and talk through your own issues with food industry experts.

9:00 am

Chairperson’s welcome

Chris Buxton, director and CEO, British Fluid Power Associaton (BFPA)

Chris will talk us through the order of the day.

9:15 am

Keynote Address

Prof. Ken Young, technology director, MTC

Ken will welcome delegates to the venue and set the scene for the future of manufacturing, highlighting the important role that automated solutions have to play in ensuring greater production flexibility and efficiency and why the food sector should not get left behind.

9:30 am


9.30: Making a case for the use of robotics in the food industry
Mike Wilson, president, British Automation & Robotics Association
Sam Part founder and Chris Tait, lead designer at Candy Mechanics

Mike will open with an update on the imperative for the UK food industry to consider the greater use of automation and robotic solutions and will go on to question how Sam and Chris, of Candy mechanics, have used robotics and automation to overcome many of the challenges typical of SME food manufacturers catering to the digital consumer. Currently using CNC machines to produce personalised chocolate cards and ‘lolpops’ (CNC machined lollipops of customers’ heads), Candy Mechanics is now experimenting with using a small multipurpose industrial robot to perform the milling process.

9.50: Smart sensing solutions in action – improving accuracy, reliability and product quality!
Julian Webster, controls & information systems manager, PepsiCo Europe
David Cobbledick, electrical and instrument team manager at British Sugar

Julian will talk about how the use of an 80 GHz radar sensing solution has allowed the company to achieve more accurate fryer control on a snack food production line.

David will be presenting an application that can get a bit sticky! The dissolver can be a bottleneck in any sugar plant, this is where a number of product streams in many forms are returned to be homogenised before further processing. Controlling the process at this point is a fine balance and needs accuracy, but conditions are very challenging. After trying other control technologies, the company also decided to put 80 GHz radar technology through its paces.

10.10: Connecting the brewing process to the cloud to predict optimal fermentation end point
Dr Nicholas Watson, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham

Nicholas will explain that digital manufacturing does not require expensive new hardware or onsite expertise, so SMEs need not fall behind the smart factory curve. He will talk about a project to develop an ultrasonic sensor for use in craft breweries which, when combined with temperature and pH sensors and connected to a cloud empowered gateway, allows intelligent algorithms utilising real-time and historical fermentation data to be developed to predict optimal fermentation end point.

10.30: Refreshments and networking

11.05: Automation is the key to a commercially viable and sustainable vertical farming model
Dave Scott, co-founder and technical director, IGS

Dave will talk about a project to create a commercially viable and sustainable vertical farming model and will explain how this has been achieved through the implementation of innovative robotic and automation solutions.

11.25: Disruptive technologies are critical for survival
Barbara Warburg, R&D principal innovation engineer, PepsiCo International

Barbara will be highlighting the innovation challenges that face the food manufacturing sector and its supply chain in the 21st century. She will argue for the industry to start adopting some disruptive technologies to ensure survival in the future.

12:00 Midday

Lunch & Networking

Take the opportunity to visit the booths, network with your peers and talk through your own issues with food industry experts.

Afternoon Sessions

1:15 pm


1.15: The importance of establishing hygienic conditions in food factories
Craig Leadley, principal research officer in the Department of Food Manufacturing Technologies at Campden BRI

Craig will explain the importance of establishing hygienic conditions in food factories, with respect to both hygienic design of equipment, hygienic infrastructure and layout with illustrative examples. He will also discuss the work of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) looking at its origins, it’s mission, certification schemes and how users can get involved.

1.35: Looking at excellence in hygienic food practices
Ian Abbotts, food technical consultant

Ian will look at excellence in hygienic food practice. He will highlight the consequences of poor hygienic design for food manufacturers, their customers and consumers – of both food production equipment and building structures and layout.

1.55: Partnering to meet the goal of 25% energy savings
Ryan McNeill, category sustainability manager, Nestle

Ryan will give an overview of the environmental challenges we all face today and will go on to discuss some of Nestlé’s environmental projects and initiatives. He will also highlight how working collaboratively can have positive results on manufacturing efficiency and productivity and how it can also result in some impressive energy, and therefore cost, savings.

2.15: A cool way to halve your carbon emissions and reduce your energy use
Bob Stewart, engineering manager of Caledonian Foods, part of the Bakkavor Group

Refrigeration is an interrelated part of food production. Bob will explain how the company is using heat from a new refrigeration chiller to make savings of over 900kw of gas annually, and also halving its carbon emissions.

2:40 pm

Refreshments & Networking

Take the opportunity to visit the booths, network with your peers and talk through your own issues with food industry experts.

3:10 pm


3.10: Make sure you take your workforce with you on the automation journey
John Griffiths, engineering director, Princes Foods

When John moved into the food sector he quickly identified that the industry suffered even more than other sectors from a significant age and skills demographic within the engineering population. John will argue that, to make our industry sustainable, competitive and relevant, we need to make our factories modern and efficient. We can’t do any of that without a highly skilled and motivated workforce. His presentation touches on the journey, from defining the problem, to putting strategies in place for dealing with the skills, the age profile and the organisational design challenges and importantly why the industry needs to do this and how to gain business approval for change.

3.25: From fragile to agile – Lead, inspire and develop your team for success
Gary Wyles, trainer and coach, E3 Leadership Development

Food businesses today need to be agile, quick to respond to the challenges and opportunities that occur, or better still, anticipate them. Gary will focus on what might make a business fragile and what will make it more agile. He argues that, if companies are too accepting of the ‘status quo’, even if the results are currently good, they will not be agile enough to respond when confronted by the unexpected. There is, therefore, a role, or even a need, for disruptive leadership. To take full advantage of Industry 4.0, organisations also need Leadership 4.0!

3.40: Encouraging women engineers to enter the food sector to help fill the skills gap
Michelle Fitton, senior section leader at Mondelez International
Michelle will speak about her experience of working with women engineers in the food industry and will talk about why she feels that the industry should be encouraging more female engineers to take up a career in the food and beverage sector.

3.55: Industrial Cadets – Inspiring the next generation
Christina Bond, employer engagement manager, Industrial Cadets

Christina will introduce the Industrial Cadets, which offer workplace experiences that develop employability skills in young people aged 9-21. Employers’ work with both the Industrial Cadets team and a flexible framework to decide how to deliver a structured programme of activities, including; site visits, presentations and talks, hands-on team tasks, workshops and project work. Once the activity has been successfully completed, young people taking part will then graduate as Industrial Cadets, becoming part of a national accreditation network.

4.10: An apprentice’s tale: A young engineer explains what motivated him to enter the food industry
Chris Dobson, student engineer, Premier Foods / Sheffield Hallam University

Now in his fourth year of an MEng food engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam, Chris will talk about his food processing journey so far as a mature student. He will explain the reasons behind his decision to move into the food industry, and away from a previous career as a senior architectural technologist on Industrial, commercial and residential projects.

4:55 pm

Chairpersons Summary & Close

Chris will summarise the day’s events and thank everyone for their input.

Programme correct at time of print. Content is, however, subject to change at the organisers discretion.

Following the Appetite for Engineering event you could continue the debate by joining us in the evening for the annual Food Processing Awards, which take place at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel, Coventry. Book your table or seat now. Contact Trevor Southerden on 01732 359990 

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