Machinery aplenty

Last week I travelled to Birmingham, UK to visit the PPMA Show, the UK’s largest processing and packaging machinery exhibition. Taking place 30 September-2 October at the NEC and promising more than 300 exhibitors and in excess of 8,000 visitors, I was in for a busy few days! The latest technology – from machinery, industrial […]

, ,

Show up or miss out

When I joined Food & Drink Technology back in July, I wrote in my first blog that I was pleased to be joining just ahead of ‘show season’ and looking forward to making contact with many of the magazine’s readers and contributors at the various exhibitions taking place before the end of the year. As […]

, ,

Faster cheese order and picking process

An advanced intralogistics system devised by CSB-System International for leading Swiss cheese producer Züger Frischkäse AG in Oberbüren has automated the company’s stock control process while delivering a 50% time saving in picking speeds.

Automated cake decoration system

Automation within the food industry is commonplace and there are many examples of special purpose machines and robot systems performing a diverse range of processing, handling and packaging operations. However, using robots to write messages and greetings on to the surface of cakes has been an area where the natural variation in the product has, […]


Automation for brewery warehouse

Finnish beverage company, Olvi Oyj, has commissioned Cimcorp to design and implement an extensive automation system to boost the efficiency of its dispatch operations. Olvi – which manufactures beers, ciders, long drinks and soft drinks including Angry Birds, Hello Kitty and HeviSaurus brands – is investing in new warehouse technology to increase its storage capacity […]


Automated packing line meets criteria for shelf-ready applications

A fully automated case erecting and robotic loading solution by Endoline Machinery at Nairn’s Oatcakes has automated a labour intensive operation, improved efficiency, and overcome previous limitations to meet retailer expectations on shelf ready applications. For ease of construction, Nairn’s had traditionally utilised tuck in bottom cases, but new criteria set out by supermarkets and […]

Racupack acquired by packaging automation specialist

Racupack, a Dutch manufacturer of wrap around and cartoning solutions, has been acquired by the packaging automation expert, BPA Group (known for its BluePrint Automation, BPA BV). Martin Prakken, chairman & CEO of the BPA Group, says, “Both companies are very excited about this acquisition, as the product portfolios of each company are a perfect […]

Compact solution to fresh produce palletising

Automated packing and palletising systems firm Brillopak has unveiled a new robotic palletiser specifically designed for fresh fruit and vegetables. The development of the Compact C211 followed research by the firm into the issues surrounding fresh produce packaging. One of the major findings was a pressure on margins, causing firms to seek efficiencies in terms […]

, ,

Robot sales up – but not for food firms

Last year may have been the best year ever for sales of industrial robots, according to the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA), but the food industry failed to play its part, with figures down 22 per cent since 2011. “In 2011, sales of industrial robots from major suppliers reached a record 1,336,” says Mike […]

Food and Drink Technology