APRIL shortlisted for Best Technology Innovation at the World Food Innovation Awards 2017
We are pleased to announce that APRIL our robotic chef has been shortlisted for the World Food Innovation Awards 2017 in the category ‘Best Technology Innovation’. The esteemed judging panel, including the Global Sustainability Director for Mars, recognised the transformative impact robotics will have on making food manufacturing more consistent and flexible.
The winner will be announced on Monday 20th March as part of the International Food and Drink Event (IFE), ExCel London. Click here to see the full list of finalists.
UK food manufacturing faces a number of significant challenges over the coming years, not least the impact Brexit will have on the availability of labour. Sticking with same old, labour intensive processing and material handling technologies will become cost prohibitive and leave manufacturers unable to fulfil the wide range of products retailers and consumers have come to expect.
APRIL (Automated-Processing-Robotic-Ingredients-Loading) developed with the University of Lincoln, reimagines the food production line, placing robots at the heart of the way we handle and process raw ingredients. By combining advanced materials handling and processing technologies, APRIL can consistently emulate how chefs cook in a professional kitchen bringing more restaurant quality food to our supermarket shelves. Simon Lushey, Technical Manager at M&S explains “We are excited by the new thinking involved in the APRIL robotic chef approach. Modular robotics cells may transform food manufacturing kitchens, by breaking up processes in a different way, in doing so providing a step change in performance.”
For manufacturers, smart, robotic food production lines will simplify the way we manufacture products offering flexible consistency. Factories will become up to 80% smaller and the increased levels of control will lead to a safer operating environment and improvements in product shelf-life.