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Automation essential to sustainable success, says TOMRA Sorting Food

Featured news  •  13 May 2016  •  Tomra

Continued advances in automation and robotics are making the global food manufacturing and processing industries safer, more efficient and able to deliver higher profits, according to TOMRA Sorting Food…

Acceptance of innovative automatic equipment in the postharvest and food industry

Issue 2 2016  •  26 April 2016  •  Idoia Olabarrieta, Senior Researcher, Food Research Division, AZTI-Tecnalia / Izaskun Pérez, Senior Researcher, Food Research Division, AZTI-Tecnalia / Raquel Rodríguez, Food Researcher, Food Research Division, AZTI-Tecnalia / Jaime Zufía, Head of the Efficiency and Sustainability Department, AZTI

PICKNPACK is a large collaborative project granted by the EU within the 7th Frame programme, with the aim of boosting the development and implementation of innovative automatic systems in food industry. In order to find strategic approaches for facilitating greater deployment of new flexible and autonomous robots, sensors and packaging modules in the food industry of today, an acceptance study was done within this sector. This article summarises the main conclusions achieved from that study for both food processing and postharvest sector…

Automation supplement 2013

Issue 5 2013, Supplements  •  4 November 2013  •  W. Jeffrey Hurst, Arthur A. Teixeira

Laboratory automation in food analysis (Author: W. Jeffrey Hurst, Hershey Company)
Automation in the food canning industry (Author: Arthur A. Teixeira, University of Florida)

Packaging & Automation Supplement 2012

Issue 3 2012, Supplements  •  5 July 2012  •  Louis Lindenberg, Wayne Daley

Focusing on packaging: the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (Louis Lindenberg, Global Packaging Sustainability Director, Unilever)
Next generation automation systems for food production (Wayne Daley, Principal Research Engineer, Georgia Tech Research Institute)

Automation in the food industry

Issue 4 2011  •  6 September 2011  •  Phil Hoden, Division Reliability Manager, PepsiCo International

Highly competitive retailers constantly squeezing down prices, rising raw material costs and soaring utility charges in a labour-intensive manufacturing environment; why shouldn’t food manufacturers look towards automating their manufacturing processes?

Automating food production can reap many benefits. The ability to replicate the appearance and quality of a product with the minimum use of ingredients not only improves line efficiencies leading to bottom-line profit, but also can potentially increase sales. At the same time, improving the traceability of raw ingredients will provide the added benefit of improved food safety. All of this sounds too good to be true, so why does the food industry lag so far behind other major manufacturers such as the automotive and pharmaceutical industries?

Danish Meat Research Institute provides innovative solutions for the global meat industry

Issue 4 2009  •  12 December 2009  •  Lars Hinrichsen, Chief Executive, DMRI

While Denmark is renowned for its high-tech agricultural sector, the Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI) based in Roskilde provides scientific research and consultancy to make better solutions for tomorrow’s meat industry. Employing a dedicated team of approximately 100 researchers, DMRI develops advanced knowledge on everything from animal welfare before slaughtering to the ideal processes for packaging meat. It puts this knowledge into practice by developing robots and new, safer products to customers in Denmark and further afield. Director Lars Hinrichsen summarises the challenges and opportunities facing the meat sector and shows how DMRI can help the producers tackle those issues.


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