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Safety And Security Compliance For New Machinery In The Headlines At FoodManufacturing.Live

03/04/24 17:40

Whether designing, building or commissioning a single machine or a complete food or beverage production line, safety and security compliance needs to be considered and managed from the beginning.

Solving packaging and handling challenges

23/04/24 15:30

Dacecrown is thrilled to announce its presence at the Food Manufacturing Live event, hosted at the National Motorcycle Museum. Bolstered by recent investments, directors Jake and Tom are raising the bar for precision and punctuality in food and packaging equipment production. Their commitment to getting it right the first time, every time, is unwavering.

Revolutionise your food packaging operations

23/04/24 14:30

At Food Manufacturing Live, Autopak Machinery will be showcasing its Vertical Form Fill and Seal (VFFS) machines and Doypack solutions.

PLUS Automation showcases sensors at FoodManufacturing.Live

23/04/24 13:55

Next week sees the Food Manufacturing Live exhibition at the National Motorcycle Museum, on Wednesday 1 May, in Solihull, Birmingham, next to the NEC. PLUS Automation will be showing you how to #MakeSenseofSensors with technology-leading factory and process automation sensors from Contrinex, ReeR and SATRON.

Specialist products and services for food manufacturing: find out more on these companies' stands

23/04/24 13:47

In our final preview of what you can expect to see at next week's FoodManufacturing.Live, we explore everything for individual automation components to bespoke machines and full production lines, as well as associated considerations that have an impact on productivity and safety – such as flooring.

VEGATRUCK ‘on the road’ customer training facility

23/04/24 11:30

Join VEGA at Food Manufacturing Live, for a special stop of the VEGATRUCK Tour. Engage with VEGA experts for demos on the company’s cutting-edge level and pressure products.

Tailored control solutions for food and beverage manufacturers

23/04/24 10:30

At FoodManufacturing.Live, WAGO will be showcasing some of its top automation solutions, including its Energy Data Management Solution, which is perfect for measuring energy consumption to enable good energy management.

Environmentally friendly removal of phosphorous in wastewater

22/04/24 13:30

Many industrial manufacturing processes will result in the production of acidic waste streams. Where these undergo on site treatment, they are likely to require neutralisation before discharge, in order to comply with a discharge consent, as the experts at OMEX Environmental explain.

Safe to use and contamination-proof

22/04/24 13:30

Metering and handheld operating devices in hygiene-critical application areas, such as in medical equipment, require designs optimised for safe handling as well as resistance to dirt. binder has therefore equipped its 709 and 719 snap-in series with a new overmoulding that supports single-handed mating and unmating, but also improves resistance to contamination.

Making humidity control easy

22/04/24 11:30

Humidity Solutions was established in October 2008 in response to the market need for a dedicated specialist in humidity control. Since then, the company has grown to become a reliable and trusted partner in many different food manufacturing applications, making humidity control easy through bespoke, turnkey solutions.

Powerful machine vision software solves complex packaged food challenges

22/04/24 09:00

An industrial bakery has secured lower error rates and higher throughput of goods with a modern machine vision solution using the Aurora Design Assistant machine vision software from Zebra Technologies.

Automation out of the box

21/04/24 15:00

Visit the Lenze stand at FoodManufacturing.Live and discover the best automation solutions for your packaging machine. Increase your efficiency and productivity and stay flexible with Lenze’s complete package of hardware, software and digital services.

Revolutionising IO-Link device management

21/04/24 11:30

In a bold leap towards enhanced operational efficiency and seamless IO-Link sensor integration, ifm electronics has introduced moneo configure free, the cutting-edge tool designed to empower businesses with intuitive smart IO-Link management.

Timing and power transmission belts at FoodManufacturing.Live

21/04/24 09:00

Optibelt’s range of customised timing belts can be tailored to suit individual material handling and automation applications in the food processing, packaging and logistics industries.

The one stop food construction service provider

19/04/24 09:00

Working with industry leading global suppliers to continue to excel in live production facility sites, KDH Projects believes, as do its clients, that it is the best in the sector.

Brainboxes highlights innovative industrial connectivity devices

16/04/24 14:00

Celebrating its 40th year, Brainboxes is excited to showcase its extensive range of innovative industrial connectivity devices at Food Manufacturing Live 2024.

Pallet wrapper with kraft paper

16/04/24 11:00

The Rocket E-500 from ACMI is an innovative pallet wrapper which uses special kraft paper instead of plastic film. The kraft paper is virgin paper of certified origin, 100% recyclable.

Sensors with added value

16/04/24 10:00

Automation systems in the food manufacturing and processing sector depend on data from huge numbers of sensors. Sensor specialist ifm electronic offers a huge range of sensors in hygienic versions designed specifically for food industry applications.

FeTu to showcase ground-breaking technology at Food Manufacturing Live

15/04/24 15:00

FeTu is a cutting-edge, innovative enterprise revolutionising the energy sector. The company’s pioneering technology, a positive displacement fluid motor, is a game-changer in heat to power, heat pump and refrigeration, liquid pump, and gas compression.

Hygienic Design enclosures for the food industry

15/04/24 13:00

Hygienic Design enclosures from Rittal that offer numerous advantages over conventional enclosures have become the standard housing for electrical controls because they permit rapid cleaning and prevent the formation of pockets of dirt.

Streamline operations and improve critical data visibility

15/04/24 12:00

WinMan ERP acts as a central nervous system for food manufacturers, streamlining operations and improving visibility of critical data. It boosts efficiency by tracking inventory, optimising production scheduling, and reducing waste.

Clever conveyors at Food Manufacturing Live

15/04/24 10:00

Jenton Group’s keywords for Food Manufacturing Live 2024 have to be ‘Clever Conveyors’. The company designs and makes systems for manufacturing lines that allow them to function, make them more efficient, improve quality control and prevent non-compliant products from leaving your factory.

Material handling components for conveyor systems

15/04/24 09:00

Rulmeca’s material handling components are specifically tailored for setting up conveyor systems in the food industry. The extensive product range covers various stages of food processing, including sorting, storage and transportation of packed goods.

Robust, reliable sensing when the going gets tough

12/04/24 12:30

Ever-increasing automation across many industrial applications combined with a growing demand to maximise system safety, are among the key drivers for developing robust and reliable sensors and encoders. A good example of this is the new EAM580 RS encoder developed by Baumer.

Meeting the needs of demanding food and beverage applications

12/04/24 09:30

In the last of this week’s previews for May’s FoodManufacturing.Live, we look at some of the engineering products specifically developed to address the manufacturing challenges within this demanding sector, and their applications, focusing on track rollers from Schaeffler, sensing solutions from Baumer, robot dress packs from Murrplastik and flow meters from ifm electronic.

Current loop display for 4-20 mA signals

11/04/24 16:00

ifm electronic announces the launch of the DX1041 current loop display. This compact and versatile device is designed to enhance control cabinet monitoring by providing direct and easy-to-read displays of analogue measured values.

Boosting efficiency in food manufacturing

11/04/24 11:00

In the latest in our series of previews of FoodManufacturing.Live, we look at the topic of efficiency, and the solutions that will enable businesses to boost their productivity while saving energy. In particular, we focus on food portioning technology from Telsonic, energy efficiency solutions from Spooner Industries, vision systems from IDS and digital panel meters from London Electronics.

Key ingredients for your success

11/04/24 09:40

At Food Manufacturing Live The Schaeffler Group will showcase its range of products which will enable reduced energy consumption, conserved resources, reduction in unplanned downtime and more.

Addressing safety in food manufacturing applications

10/04/24 16:00

In the second in our series of previews for FoodManufacturing.Live, which opens its doors at the National Motorcycle Museum on 1 May 2024, we look specifically at the issue of safety within food and beverage production, highlighting solutions from SKF, Pilz and MachineSafe Compliance.

Addressing The Particular Requirements Of The Food Industry

09/04/24 14:30

In the first of a series of preview articles, we look at some of the technologies on display at FoodManufacturing.Live, focusing here on bushings and bearings from Graphite Metallising Corporation, measurement technology from JUMO, control systems from Total Automated Solutions and the full factory fit-out capability of Oakley Food Projects.

Motion drive solutions for food and beverage

08/04/24 12:00

Global manufacturer of motors and drives, WEG will exhibit at the first edition of Food Manufacturing Live. Among the products displayed at stand 38 is the CFW900 variable speed drive (VSD) and the WG20 geared motor, both specifically tailored to meet the demands of the food and beverage industries.

Optimising production processes with WERMA LED signal towers

08/04/24 11:24

When Dutch solutions provider Innovotech was asked to develop a system for a food industry company, it turned to WERMA for hygienic signal towers to provide status indication of whether production is running smoothly or if there any problems or malfunctions.

Only 3 weeks to go – join us at FoodManufacturing.Live

08/04/24 11:15

This special event is staged exclusively for engineers in the UK food and drink manufacturing sector. With more than 100 exhibitors on site specialising in factory automation, robotics, power transmission, industrial networks, machinery safety and so much more, there is something here for engineers of all disciplines.

Inductive sensors improve on mechanical breakers to give a platform a lift

05/04/24 10:00

An upgrade project for a platform lift used in a materials handling installation had its old mechanical limit switches swapped-out for 2-wire inductive sensors from Contrinex to verify that loads are properly positioned before allowing the lift to move.

Acquisition of Red Lion Controls by HMS Networks receives approval

05/04/24 09:00

With extensive experience in providing interfaces and control products for food manufacturing applications, Red Lion Controls’ acquisition by HMS Networks has now been finalised. The two companies are now one entity and can start working together on common go-to-market strategies and product offerings.

VEGA brings VEGATRUCK to FoodManufacturing.Live

04/04/24 12:00

On 1 May 2024 at the National Motorcycle Museum, VEGA will be bringing VEGATRUCK to FoodManufacturing.Live, providing visitors with the opportunity to learn all about the company’s level and pressure technologies.

Workshops programme highlights productivity, efficiency and safety opportunities

04/04/24 10:30

There is now less than a month to go before FoodManufacturing.Live (1st May, at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham) opens its doors to visitors, with the exhibition’s workshop programme highlighting opportunities for food and beverage manufacturers to boost productivity, increase efficiency and meet current safety and security requirements.

Solutions for an optimised process chain in food production

03/04/24 11:45

At Anuga FoodTec 2024, Schaeffler presented its latest products and services for the entire process chain in the food industry for the first time – from the processing and packaging of food through to the monitoring of entire production lines – and always with a focus on the conservation of resources and the reduction of operating costs and downtimes.

Capacitive sensor solutions for the food and beverage industries

24/03/24 14:00

Since Rechner Sensors was founded in 1965, the company has achieved a leading global position in the automation market with our Capacitive sensing technology. For 2024, Rechner has launched a range of continuous level measurement capacitive probes called TiLevel.

More options for precision flow measurement

06/03/24 09:00

Accurate measurement of flow rates in aqueous liquids, including ultrapure water, is now even easier to achieve thanks to the latest additions to the SU family of high performance ultrasonic flow sensors from ifm electronic.

Data reveals top automation motives and labour challenges in warehousing

05/03/24 08:31

Zebra Technologies has published its new Automation, Augmentation and Labour Planning report, revealing the top challenges driving warehousing leaders toward automation and other technology investments and how they could address perceptions of the industry.

OMRON recognised for outstanding sustainability performance

29/02/24 10:15

OMRON has been awarded its third Platinum Rating from EcoVadis, which recognised its outstanding sustainability performance. The international recognition places OMRON in the top 1% of all businesses assessed for sustainability performance.

WEG motors revolutionise stainless steel production

28/02/24 09:00

Braun Maschinenfabrik supplied a complete abrasive cut-off machine for hot cutting of radially forged bars to a stainless-steel plant in Bolzano, Italy. Braun had to integrate a fully automated material handling system for their abrasive cut-off machine with limited transfer height, needing innovative conveyor system designs to ensure efficient cutting of forged pieces with varying lengths. WEG was asked to supply 68 motors to integrate in the forging line.

Award winning smart level sensor suits food industry applications

23/02/24 09:00

Baumer’s CombiLevel PLP70 ‘smart’ level sensor operates on a reliable, media-independent and precise measuring principle, and is ideal for resource-saving and sustainable production applications in the food industry. The PLP70 recently achieved a first place in the voting for ‘Best Product of the Year’ in a leading German automation journal at SPS 2023.

Interface to the future

22/02/24 11:00

A modern PLC with REST-API for a standard palletising system – this is what the robot automation company Robot ART was looking for. And it found it in the form of ctrlX CORE from Bosch Rexroth.

Safe signals in food industry

22/02/24 10:00

Dutch company Innovotech has optimised production for a food processing customer using the CleanSIGN LED signal tower from WERMA.

Electric drives chosen over pneumatics for Easter egg production

22/02/24 09:00

A mixing line at Mondelez uses an ingenious system of conveyors to ensure that everyone finds a nice mix of flavours in their pack of chocolate eggs at Easter. Electric drives from Festo were chosen over pneumatics due to lower energy consumption, higher safety and more flexibility in controlling speeds and positions.

Linear motion solutions for the food and beverage industry

21/02/24 09:25

As a part of the Schaeffler Group, Ewellix is a global manufacturer and supplier of linear motion solutions. At Food Manufacturing Live, Ewellix will be showcasing a combined portfolio of the INA and Ewellix brands.

New event sells out and expands within weeks

20/02/24 07:06

Launched just weeks ago to serve the needs of engineers across the UK food and drink manufacturing sector, FoodManufacturing.Live has already sold out and has now been expanded. Organisers The Engineering Network (TEN) announced the event in October and have seen stand sales surge to the point where an additional hall has now been added.

Feeling overwhelmed with your factory expansion plans?

19/02/24 09:00

The majority of SME food factory owners that are facing expansion tell Oakley Food Projects that it’s the biggest investment they’ve ever made in the business and they’re afraid of the consequences of getting it wrong, that they’re busy managing the day-to-day business and lack the time and headspace to focus on a project, that they’re worried about the project becoming a major distraction, and that their lack of experience results in unforeseen pitfalls which often lead to time and budget overrun.

HepcoMotion highlights automation solutions at Food Manufacturing Live

14/02/24 12:00

At stand 63 HepcoMotion, world-leading manufacturer of linear motion systems and automation components, will be showcasing how its products meet practically any requirement from track systems for robot automation, to heavy duty systems, to a host of small components to perform simple or complex operations.

Helping food manufacturers embrace a sustainable, digital era

14/02/24 11:00

Meet the Gemba Solutions team at Food Manufacturing Live and learn how they help businesses meet compliance standards. The company can demonstrate how critical control point check processes use customisable forms and scheduled checklists to bid farewell to paper clutter and embrace a sustainable, digital era.

52 years of experience in machinery safety

14/02/24 10:00

Mechan Controls has been designing and manufacturing machine guard safety products since 1972. With 52 years of experience within the machine safety industry, all products are designed and manufactured in the UK.

Solving the food challenge

14/02/24 09:00

The food and beverage industry faces a particular set of challenges: round-the-clock operation, very high speeds, repeated cleaning cycles, longevity, keeping bearing solutions sealed, demanding food safety requirements and, to an increasing degree, sustainability. Depending on the application, the bearings must be able to withstand extreme temperatures, moisture, chemicals and mechanical stresses, says Thomas Richmond, industrial sales engineer for food and beverage at Schaeffler UK.

Aegeus Industries highlights capabilities at FoodManufacturing.Live

13/02/24 10:00

Aegeus Industries is the umbrella company for Spooner Industries, Dowson Food Machinery and Process Energy.

Helping food manufacturers increase efficiency and productivity

13/02/24 09:00

Bosch Rexroth provides customers with value added engineering solutions that seamlessly integrate products from the entire Bosch Rexroth factory automation portfolio.

ACORN highlights bearing technologies at FoodManufacturing.Live

08/02/24 11:00

SKF Food Line ball bearing units from ACORN Industrial Services offer customers corrosion resistance, excellent seal performance and NSF registered food-grade lubrication, enhancing equipment reliability and food safety. Their hygienic design facilitates easy cleaning, reducing maintenance and downtime, ensuring compliance with food regulations and saving operational costs.

Reduce costs and increase reliability

08/02/24 09:00

Direct Air will be showcasing fantastic ways to reduce costs and increase reliability with technology including nitrogen generation, oil-free air compressors, filtration and air quality testing services at FoodManufacturing.Live.

Sensing solutions for food and beverage production

07/02/24 12:00

Baumer, the Swiss, family owned, sensor and instrumentation manufacturer will be showing off some of their latest innovations and food and beverage hygienic solutions at Food Manufacturing Live.

Innovative automation products for the food manufacturing industry

07/02/24 09:00

Energy Efficient Drive Systems brings innovative products to the food manufacturing industry with partners SOGA, CMZ and DAGU, three unique Italian manufacturers.

GRAPHALLOY bearings in FDA acceptable and (EC) No. 1935/2004 grades

06/02/24 09:00

GRAPHALLOY bearings eliminate maintenance and frequent replacements in food applications and are available in FDA Acceptable and (EC) No. 1935/2004 grades.

Reduced cost of precision distance measurement in food and beverage tasks

02/02/24 12:00

The P|Prox range of stainless steel, IP69K rated inductive distance sensors from ifm electronic, reliably measuring the distance to metallic targets with micrometre precision no longer requires expensive measuring systems.

Connectors for food and beverage applications

02/02/24 11:00

HARTING will be demonstrating its Han F+B connector series at Food Manufacturing Live. The range is Ecolab approved and resistant to aggressive cleaning agents. The polypropylene housings conform to FDA 21 and all hoods, housings and seals are IP69K rated and fully resistant to water cleaning jets.

New hygienic design actuator from Harmonic Drive

02/02/24 10:00

The new HHA Hygienic Hollow Shaft Actuator combines the latest motor technology, a high-performance Harmonic Drive CSG Gear Component Set and a high capacity tilt resistance output bearing.

High-quality coils, connectors and sensors from ATAM

02/02/24 09:00

ATAM manufactures high-quality coils, connectors and sensors for food and beverage industry applications.

Robotic sandwich filling line aided by ‘smart’ sensors

19/01/24 13:00

‘Smart’ sensors have become an essential component in many food manufacturing systems as the demand for ever more sophisticated automation continues apace across a huge range of processing applications. Smart 2D profile sensors from Baumer are playing a key role in an automated sandwich and filled rolls production line at Germany company Weber Maschinebau.

Condition monitoring of servo motors in food manufacture

15/01/24 09:00

Servo motors play important roles in the food industries, with applications including forming, filling, sealing and positioning. Given the cost of machinery downtime, monitoring the condition of motors is key, and OMRON has launched the K7DD-PQ Series for just that.

Food industry can move beyond big data toward smart data

11/01/24 09:00

Huge amounts of data are generated in food and beverage manufacturing processes, but how much of that data is actually used to build insights that can really help the business? Here, Beth Ragdale, product manager at automation specialist Beckhoff UK, explains the value of consolidating production line data.

Sidney Hamilton-Williams joins the TEN team

03/01/24 09:20

The Engineering Network (TEN) extends a warm welcome to industry sales expert Sidney Hamilton-Williams. She takes up her position this week as Portfolio and Events Manager on TEN’s Food Manufacturing.Live specialist event and its associated website after a long and distinguished career at Western Business Publishing.

Hygienic connectivity in the food and beverage industry

20/12/23 09:00

Hygiene and safety are critical in the food processing industry. Machines and equipment must be easy to clean to prevent dirt particles and bacteria from accumulating and meet strict requirements for usage in the food industry. HARTING’s Han F+B range of connectors have been designed with a focus on such applications.

HMS Networks acquires Red Lion Controls

19/12/23 11:00

Red Lion Controls, a leading supplier of controllers, data acquisition products, sensors, process control products, ethernet solutions, communications converters, HMIs and panel meters for the food and beverage sectors, is to be acquired by HMS Networks.

Automating the food industry can reduce waste and ruined food

19/12/23 09:00

Automation can help boost the food industry’s traceability, efficiency and quality control. All these benefits can help companies reduce food waste and damaged products, as Adnan Khan, manager of food and beverage industries at Beckhoff UK, explains.

Entering 2024 with an air of optimism

15/12/23 12:00

With news that food manufacturing giant Mars is augmenting operations across its 160 manufacturing plants with Microsoft’s Azure Digital Twins IoT service, Stephen Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff UK, explores this and some of the other trends that he foresees in 2024.

Fast response to flow in the production of meat substitutes

13/12/23 13:00

Developed primarily for use in conformal temperature control systems in applications such as the production of meat substitutes, the new SBT-series flow sensors from ifm electronic respond to flow rate changes in less than 10 ms, even at low flow rates. This ensures that process quality is maintained and the risk of product wastage is minimised.

Easy to clean, hygienic design linear guide

13/12/23 09:00

igus has developed its first linear guide system that is based on EHEDG hygienic design guidelines. Using FDA-compliant materials such as the high-performance polymer iglidur A160 and a high-alloy stainless steel, and carriage design with a washable interior, means the design adheres to hygienic standards.

Showcasing design, production and process engineering in the food and drink sector

05/12/23 08:30

Taking place on 1 May 2024 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Food Manufacturing Live serves the design, production, process and maintenance engineering teams across the UK food and drink manufacturing sector.

Stainless steel safety interlocks for food manufacturing

01/12/23 09:00

IDEM Safety Switches designs and manufactures the world’s largest range of safety products in stainless steel – utilising the latest technologies to ensure that the food manufacturing industry never has to compromise on safety over hygiene.

An exciting new launch - Food Manufacturing Live – May 1st 2024 – National Motorcycle Museum

01/09/23 21:23

Specialist engineering publisher and exhibition organiser The Engineering Network (TEN) has just announced an all-new event for suppliers of engineering solutions to the food and drink manufacturing sector.

Thank you for your interest. To register either as a VIP Visitor or as a potential exhibitor, please complete your details here and tick the relevant box.