APRIL Secures £449,850 Innovate UK Government Project


We're very pleased to announce that we have secured a £448,850 Innovate UK funded project to further develop our 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 utilising the latest robotic and automation technologies.

APRIL Robotic Weighing Station

UK Government Innovate UK Project

The new one-year project is supported by a grant of £448,850 from the UK Government via Innovate UK and the EPSRC's Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) research fund. It will focus on automating the processes of handling, weighing and transporting the raw ingredients. It will also make strides in developing key hygiene and food safety features which will be crucial when using robotic production systems within the food manufacturing sector.

I’ve been automating food production systems for my whole career, nearly 30 years, and the time is right for robotics. There have been a couple of false dawns but the industry need a productivity boost and the technology is now available at the right price point - it’s really exciting.

“APRIL is a great example of this in the way she uses robotics to simplify how we cook food. We’re able to emulate how you would cook at home with small batches with up to half the amount of capital of equipment required in a traditional system.
— Stephen White, OAL’s Lead Automation Engineer on the project

If your company would like to be involved, we're conducting site surveys to assess the feasibility of automating processes. Please get in contact with OAL to find out more. All data collected will be anonymised.

Visiting Interpack?

The APRIL™ Weighing Station, an automated dry weighing system will launch at Interpack 2017. You can learn more and get APRIL to sign an autograph on Stand B28 in Hall 5 at the show running from 4th to 10th May in Dusseldorf.

Jake Norman