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Academic Institutes
  • AMRC Cymru

    Overview

    AMRC Cymru is part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and a member of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, a consortium of leading manufacturing and process research centres backed by Innovate UK.


    Offering

    Our goal is to help the region’s manufacturing community access advanced technologies that will drive improvements in productivity, performance and quality. In the food and drink sector, we are collaborating with the Welsh Government and FDF Cymru to help food and drink manufacturers de-risk innovation and accelerate sustainable growth.

    Our ability to draw on the proven R&D talent of the University of Sheffield AMRC and the seven-member HVM Catapult, provides immediate strength in depth to support the Welsh Government in its ambition to make North Wales the epicentre of innovation driven, advanced manufacturing.


    As a cutting-edge R&D facility, AMRC Cymru will be driven by industry, for industry. It will provide an open innovation platform accessible to all manufacturers for the whole of Wales.

    Key areas of support:

    • Automation
    • Design for X
    • Digitalisation
    • Product and process verification

    IDTs Covered

    Additive Manufacturing

    Robotics and Automation

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    SORT-IT: Increase plastic food and drink packaging recycling rates for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Deposit Return Schemes (DRS)

    "Food and Drink (F&D) packaging manufacturers struggle to secure enough high-quality affordable recyclate to meet statutory targets for recycled content, and mass re-use schemes are not feasible with existing technologies. Manufacturers who fail to reduce environmental impact face major financial penalties and delisting by buyers. 

    The current F&D packaging supply-chain is well connected and tracked from feedstock to retailer outlets due to the need for food safety and stock control. However, beyond the retailer, the packaging supply-chain through the consumer, waste collection, recovery and recycling is very limited. Many challenges exist in separating recyclable, non-recyclables, compostables, and contaminates in F&D waste streams.

    This SORT-IT feasibility-study would analyse and evaluate the feasibility of digitalisation and intelligent automation in the F&D packaging supply-chain for waste-management through tagging technology to facilitate the tracking and sorting of packaging waste. 

    Our vision is that, following later industrial-research, SORT-IT would increase the environmental and economic sustainability of the F&D packaging manufacturing supply-chain, by enabling transition to a circular economy, dramatically increasing recycling rates for food-grade plastics, and enabling packaging re-use. 

    Implementing tagging technology should enable:

    • Increased rate of recycling and output of high-quality feedstock (including food-grade plastic) from waste.
    • Re-use.
    • Brand-owners to track packaging and recycling rates for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
    • Low-cost Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) linked to consumer accounts through reverse vending machines and identification at materials recovery facilities (MRFs).
    • Greater consumer engagement with brands through transparency of green credentials.
    • Reduction of plastics going to landfill or entering land or aquatic environments.

    The research would build on the unique technology for the manufacture of low-cost electronics in very high volumes (billions p.a.) by PragmatIC and link with the growing technologies of collaborative automation, Industry 4.0 and machine learning to tag and track packaging with unique identifiers. 

    The tags would provide individual items with unique identifiers readable by RFID and NFC equipment, including smartphones; information would be exchanged via internet-enabled systems to cloud storage to facilitate supply-chain tracking and consumer engagement. 

    This feasibility-study would be led by PragmatIC working with Sheffield University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC-Cymru) guided by an Industrial Advisory Board. PragmatIC is a high-growth innovation-driven SME, headquartered in Cambridge, with a billion-unit production facility in Sedgefield, County Durham."


    Case Study

    https://www.amrc.co.uk/files/document/409/1608286446_FoodandDrinkIndustry-Whatwecandoforyou.pdf 

    Contact Details: 

    Jason Murphy, Operations Director. j.murphy@amrc.co.uk 

    Bobby Manesh, Food & Drink Technical Lead. b.manesh@amrc.co.uk

  • The James Hutton Institute

    Overview

    To be at the forefront of innovative and transformative science for sustainable management of land, crop and natural resources that supports thriving communities.

    Offering

    International Land Use Study Centre

    The International Land Use Study Centre (ILUSC) is an initiative supported by the Macaulay Development Trust aiming to promote scientific and impact excellence, at a time when the importance of land and natural resource for societal wellbeing is increasingly being recognised. Visit the International Land Use Study Centre page for more information.

    Advanced Plant Growth Centre

    APGC aims to deliver increased commercial, economic and environmental benefits to the agricultural, food and drink sectors in the UK and internationally, by innovative use of precision-controlled environmental technologies. Visit the APGC page for more information.

    International Barley Hub

    The International Barley Hub is the first project in a series of commercially focussed innovation hubs. It will be a unique platform for the translation of barley research into commercial benefits for the entire brewing, whisky and food value chain. Visit the International Barley Hub page for more information.


    IDTs Covered

    Genome Technology

    Functional Genomics

    Imaging Technologies (ImTech)

    Contact Details 

    Professor Derek Stewart

    Derek.Stewart@hutton.ac.uk

  • University of Lincoln

    Overview

    National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM)

    At the NCFM, partnership with industry is at the heart of our research agenda. With strong food and related technology sector links and close academic partnership, our multidisciplinary research for the food industry has expanded quickly to support the sector's growth and challenges. 

    Our core research areas of Robotics and Automation, Food Safety and Microbiology, Advanced Food Processing Technologies, and Food Supply Chain Development, reflect the priorities of the food manufacturing sector.


    Lincoln Institute of Agri Food Technology (LIAT)

    With a clear focus on improving productivity, efficiency, and sustainability through innovation, LIAT’s researchers are engaged in international impactful research designed to make a difference across the food chain. Encapsulating an interdisciplinary approach, our research brings together crop science, computer science, engineering, robotics, AI, and data management application.

    The application of technological innovation is crucial to help solve some of the big challenges facing agriculture and food production. LIAT works closely with industry partners to apply research in a real-life setting, supporting industry needs.


    Offering

    Applied research undertaken in partnership with businesses is at the heart of NCFM’s research agenda. Our Research and Technical Resources coupled with industry and academic partnerships enable NCFM to readily progress multidisciplinary research and practical problem solving for the food industry. NCFM’s research agenda reflects the food sector’s innovation priorities and is informed by our funding partners and directly by the needs of the diverse sector that we work so closely with, these include retailers and food businesses of all sizes from multinationals to SME and micro businesses.

    IDTs Covered

    AI

    Machine Learning and Data Analytics

    Robotics and Automation

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    TRUSTED BYTES: Trusted, Decentralised, Digital Supply Chains for the Food Industry

    "COVID-19 and post-Brexit trading uncertainty have placed UK food supply chains under unprecedented pressure. COVID-19 demonstrated the absolute reliance of the UK's society on the food system. 70% of the UK's imported food is from the EU, including highly perishable products such as fruit and vegetables which for seasonality reasons cannot be produced in the UK. Fresh produce supply-chains are the archetypes of ""just-in-time"" modality, even delays or disruption leads to food waste and massive financial losses. Volumes moved are vast, food accounts for 23% of UK road freight, but the industry is highly competitive, driven by buyer power from dominant retailer firms. The industry has continuously innovated, removing cost to offset competitive pressure. This served a social purpose to maintain low price inflation to consumers. However, COVID-19 and Brexit have created a new urgency to reformat supply-chains that are more adaptable, resilient and manage risk.

    TRUSTEDBYTE step changes supply-chain management for the food sector. TRUSTEDBYTE's vision is to drive supply-chain productivity but creating a ""whole industry"" interoperable ecosystem for trusted data exchange, integrated with new AEO compliant APIs to facilitate cross border transition alongside new telecommunications technology that provide ubiquitous access ubiquitous access to data.


    To deliver this vision TRUSTEDBYTE has the following objectives


    1. To create the UK's first ""data trust"" for governance and sharing of data across the fresh produce sector at whole industry scale.

    1. To develop a novel AEO compliant API integrated to HMRC that HMRC that facilitates cross border food trade.

    1. To develop a novel low cost 4G / Sat communications solution that provides ubiquitous access to supply chain data across the EU.

    1. To exploit these by widening the interoperability of the Bluering supply chain management software.

    1. To demonstrate these capabilities at scale across the UK fresh produce industry.

    1. To develop new business models to exploit new functionality.

    TRUSTEBYTE's brings together leading technology developers (Bluering developers, Excelerate Ltd, Satellite Application Catapult, MTC) with key members of the UK fresh produce supply chain (Fesa UK, World Wide Fruit, Davis Worldwide, Histon Sweet Spreads), trade bodies (Fresh Produce Network), HEI's (University of Lincoln), standards bodies (BSi) and support from key regulators (HMRC / FSA) as well as input from Pinsent Masons, the UK's leading legal experts on data governance.


    It provides a private sector approach to support multiple high-profile elements of government policy (facilitating post Brexit trade, food security, productivity, clean growth)."


    Case Study

    Robotics and Automation: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/liat/research/roboticsandautomation/

     https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/holbeach/research/roboticsandautomation/ 

    Food Supply Chain Development

    https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/holbeach/research/foodsupplychaindevelopment/ 

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/contactus/

    Simon Pearson: spearson@lincoln.ac.uk

    Mark Swainson: mswainson@lincoln.ac.uk

  • University of Loughborough

    Overview

    The Advanced Technology and Innovation Centre represents 3,000 sq m of fully-serviced, flexible space for start-up and growing companies. Purpose-designed for collaboration and innovation.


    Offering

    ATIC businesses are part of Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Parks’ (LUSEP) dynamic innovation community where over 80 knowledge-based companies and world-class research centres thrive alongside each other in an environment that encourages collaboration. As a campus partner, you can enjoy many services and facilities to help your business and your workforce flourish. With dedicated parking in peaceful parkland that’s minutes away from the M1, ATIC is an exceptional base to grow your business.


    IDTs Covered

    AI

    Robotics and Automation

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    Made Smarter Innovation Research Centre for Smart, Collaborative Industrial Robotics (MSI-CeSCIR)

    The UK has fallen significantly behind other countries when it comes to adopting robotics/automation within factories. Collaborative automation, that works directly with people, offers fantastic opportunities for strengthening UK manufacturing and rebuilding the UK economy. It will enable companies to increase productivity, to be more responsive and resilient when facing external pressures (like the Covid-19 pandemic) to protect jobs and to grow.

    To enable confident investment in automation, we need to overcome current fundamental barriers. Automation needs to be easier to set up and use, more capable to deal with complex tasks, more flexible in what it can do, and developed to safely and intuitively collaborate in a way that is welcomed by existing workers and wider society.

    To overcome these barriers, the ISCF Research Centre in Smart, Collaborative Robotics (CESCIR) has worked with industry to identify four priority areas for research: Collaboration, Autonomy, Simplicity, Acceptance. The initial programme will tackle current fundamental challenges in each of these areas and develop testbeds for demonstration of results. Over the course of the programme, CESCIR will also conduct responsive research, rapidly testing new ideas to solve real world manufacturing automation challenges.

    CESCIR will create a network of academia and industry, connecting stakeholders, identifying challenges/opportunities, reviewing progress and sharing results. Open access models and data will enable wider academia to further explore the latest scientific advances. Within the manufacturing industry, large enterprises will benefit as automation can be brought into traditionally manual production processes. Similarly, better accessibility and agility will allow more Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) to benefit from automation, improving their competitiveness within the global market.

    Case Study

    https://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2021/november/new-robotics-centre-loughborough-university/

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.lboro.ac.uk/contact/

    Dr Niels Lohse   N.Lohse@lboro.ac.uk

  • University of Nottingham

    Overview

    Institute for Advanced Manufacturing

    The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group (AMT) conducts research at the forefront of manufacturing science and technology working in close cooperation with a number of strategic industrial partners and research centres worldwide.

    Research is supported by excellent manufacturing, assembly and metrology facilities, the latest technologies and equipment.


    Offering

    Home to several leading research centres, the Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Research Group is at the forefront of manufacturing technologies and systems research.

    Research is conducted into all aspects of manufacturing processes and systems and is supported by world class teaching and research facilities. Over the years the AMT group has proved its ability to solve technical problems for industry while collaborating with some of the most reputable research groups and centres across the world.


    IDTs Covered

    AI

    ML and Data Analytics

    Additive Manufacturing

    Immersive Technologies

    IIOT and Connectivity

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

     

    Case Study

     

     

    Contact Details: 

    https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/beacons-of-excellence/future-food/meet-the-team/nik-watson/index.aspx

  • Sheffield Hallam University, National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering

     

    Overview

    The National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering is a catalyst for innovation, forward thinking and problem solving.

    Our facilities and expertise focus on tackling food industry challenges such as productivity, health, minimising waste and reducing energy use. It also supports the food and drink industry by developing new and enhanced facilities, processes, and equipment, and creating a skilled, knowledgeable workforce.


    Based in Attercliffe, Sheffield, the research-led centre includes pilot-scale production facilities, laboratories, workshops and teaching spaces. Partners and students can also access the plant room — the beating heart of the facility — to control and study the building's bespoke environment.


    We are at the centre of an expanding network of business, industry groups, academics and engineers, working together to solve specific business challenges within the food and drink sector. We are working with businesses across the sector to deliver creative solutions to industry challenges through our leading expertise and cutting-edge facilities and equipment.


    Offering

    By accessing our research, development and consultancy expertise, together we can address your specific challenges and find solutions to meet your needs. We will act as a hub for collaboration, delivering a programme of research and development in partnership with business, academia and other centres of expertise from across the sector.

    Automation and robotics

    Our experts work with you to identify areas of improvement, helping embed process improvement techniques into your business. Our consultants can help increase efficiencies if you are using advanced control systems, automated equipment, systems design, robotic systems, and smart control systems.

    Process control

    Our specialist lean and process improvement team can look at individual material flows or model complete manufacturing processes. We have particular expertise in lean and Six Sigma, control systems development and optimising factory layout, optimising efficiency, eliminating bottlenecks, and incorporating new product lines.

    Lean systems

    Our experts have many years of experience in process improvement using both lean and discrete event simulation; both in academia and industry. We have substantial experience in areas including design and analysis of manufacturing systems, production planning and control, and improving the efficiency of model development.

    Food process engineering

    Our specialist team has a thorough understanding of factors affecting the science, processes, operation technology, and engineering of foods. Advice and guidance may also extend to the business decisions encountered in the food industry.


    IDTs Covered

    Automation and Robotics

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    Efficient Husking of cereals to improve Bran Purity, value and utilisation

    Koolmill and the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE) collaborated to develop an improved rice milling system and valorise the by-products of rice milling (102755/105862). Specifically, these projects target SME millers in Rural communities: the objective is to create and retain added value in rural communities transforming smallholder growers/SME Millers, from low value commodity producers to market leading added value food processors.

    Traditional rice milling comprises two processes: husking and bran removal. Husking is achieved by passing the paddy (raw rice) between two rotating rubber rolls being pushed together under pressure. Think old-style mangle for squeezing water from washing: that's a 'modern' husker. Bran is 'milled' from the brown rice in multiple processes (typically up to 5) producing finished white rice.

    The two processes are fundamentally different. Husking is a 'one-shot' operation to remove the fibrous husk and bran removal is a gradual process through multiple contacts within the milling chambers of abrasive or frictional machines.

    Traditional huskers are a pain for millers, requiring regular maintenance and repair. Husking rolls have a relatively short life at around 24 hours. Setting huskers is a compromise between husking efficiency and broken brown rice. Higher closing pressures increase the husking efficiency but result in higher levels of broken rice. Reducing closing pressures reduces broken rice but with poor husking efficiency.

    102755/105862 improved bran milling performance, increasing the power saving from 80% to over 90% and milling chamber capacity from 60 to 150kg/hr/chamber. Milling from brown to white, the bran removed is pure, very fine and will generate significant new revenue streams for rice millers. This value is dependent on the purity of the bran.

    Koolmill has previously demonstrated the capability of coated abrasives to be an effective husking medium. The loss in capacity from paddy to white compared to brown to white milling was only 4%, with a relatively high husking efficiency, over 80% power savings and reducing white broken rice from 30% to less than 5%.

    The downside of this increased bran milling performance is a reduction in husking efficiency, and the combination of husk and bran discharged together reducing the purity and potential value of the bran. With over 75 million tonnes of rice bran produced the opportunity is to take bran from a low-value waste, used for oil extraction and animal feed, to a valuable and nutritional beneficial human food ingredient.

    There are many nutrition bioactives stored naturally within cereal brans including a range of biotechnology approaches for improving fibre, phytosterols, polyphenols, phenolic acids, antioxidants. These can be enhanced or made more bio-available through secondary processing.

    Realising that value is dependent on fine clean bran driving the need for a separate husker. The industry is ready for new more efficient husking option and this would confirm Koolmill and NCEFE as global thought leaders in cereal milling, offering a unique ultra-low power paddy to white milling solution set to transform a global market projected to purchase $4 billion of rice milling equipment over the next 5-years.

    Case Study

    https://www.shu.ac.uk/national-centre-of-excellence-for-food-engineering/our-impact/all-projects/koolmill

     

    Contact Details 

    Martin Howarth, director of the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering

    m.howarth@shu.ac.uk

    Tel. 0114 225 5903

    https://www.shu.ac.uk/national-centre-of-excellence-for-food-engineering/staff 

     

  • Queen’s University Belfast

    Overview

    Northern Ireland Technology Centre

    Operating for over 40 years the Northern Ireland Technology Centre a technology and innovation centre specialising in design, knowledge engineering and manufacturing. It bridges the gap between academic research and commercial production to meet industry needs and offer advanced solutions for customers in various sectors, such as aerospace, industrial equipment, energy, consumer products, manufacturing and packaging. As a leading commercial service provider and one of Queen's University Belfast's primary links with industry, working with companies has led the NITC to build a strong international reputation, helping raise the local sector's value proposition and competitiveness.

    Offering

    We facilitate the application of technology for social and economic benefit through collaboration between education and industry.


    We facilitate access to leading-edge technology and processes.


    We accelerate the positive and effective resolution of specific challenges identified by industry.


    We believe that through appropriate, efficient and decisive transfer of knowledge and expertise, industry and society can be empowered through the intelligent application of technology


    IDTs Covered

    ML and Data Analytics

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    A Digitally Connected Food Supply Chain to Deliver Transparency, Sustainability & Efficiency

    A trusted and transparent food supply chain is an inherent expectation of consumers from all farmers, food manufacturers, food service providers and retailers. The speed at which data from the supply chain can be accessed varies depending on the complexity of the supply chain, the product involved, and the digital maturity of the systems being used across the different supply chain partners. Therefore, we have identified the need for an interoperable platform which integrates with existing systems to capture traceability information in a way in which it can be demonstrated and challenged in real time.

    By integrating with existing software platforms, the innovative Trace Connected solution has the potential to reduce the requirement for duplication of data entry and removes manual intervention of data wherever possible. By making traceability available in real-time and removing the requirement for manual intervention, the risk of data manipulation for financial gain and food fraud incidents is dramatically reduced.


    The project will deliver a digital framework which will enable farmers, food manufacturers and retailers to have faster information on the products they are producing, purchasing and selling, enabling them to make faster, evidence-based decisions which will result in reduced costs, waste, risk and increased value.


    The technology solution will have the capability to alert users to potential compromises within their supply chain, mitigating reactionary responses and promoting proactive issue management. Ultimately, taking the labour out of traceability exercises and enhancing control and visibility of the supply chain.


    The system will deliver traceability and supply chain mapping functionality which will track and trace products and defined product attributes from farm to fork. This will result in a fully interoperable traceability system which operates in real time to present a visualised trace constituting of critical data elements, such as animal identification, batch codes and retail pack codes. Through the supply chain mapping processes and 'walk the trace' exercises stakeholder value propositions will be defined to include but not limited to, rapid product recall, improved efficiency and promotion of a circular economy and proactive validation of sustainability parameters.


    With increasing consumer awareness and demand for information on a variety of product attributes on areas such as animal welfare, sustainability, pesticide usage, food miles and antibiotic usage, the technology solution will provide a framework, enabling businesses to digitally link this information to specific product batches, enhancing a consumer's ability to be better informed on their food purchases.

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/nitc/ContactUs/

  • University of Strathclyde

     

    Overview

    Our work in advanced manufacturing and materials addresses the creation of products, production processes, and associated services through to the development and application of leading-edge technical and organisational knowledge and expertise.

    This area involves:

    • new and enhanced ways to manufacture existing products
    • the design and manufacture of new products through the development and adoption of advanced technologies, materials, management systems and processes
    • servitisation of products, and life cycle management

    Offering

    A number of our centres and research groups are conducting research into different areas of advanced manufacturing & materials. The research centres are:

    Advanced Forming Research Centre

    Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering

    Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation

    Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management


    IDTs Covered

    Additive Manufacturing Technologies

    Advanced Materials

    Digital Manufacturing

    Innovate UK Project

    Digital Twin: Fast Track Industrial Prototyping Toolset and Methodology

    An innovative digital solution will be developed for an improved cask filling system, using a digital twin to demonstrate and optimise the manufacturing process improvements achievable through the developed whisky cask filling system. The consortium, led by DAI, an IT solution delivery SME, will develop an improved cask filling system which will fill the casks to 100% in an equivalent cycle time to current filling solutions (which fill to below 95%) using a digital twin and data captured from the physical system to iteratively refine the solution. The project will fully validate the digital twin and demonstrate virtual commissioning and operational improvements. The technology developed and demonstrated within the project is applicable to a range of industry product and process improvement challenges, for example in the oil & gas, power production and pharmaceutical industries.


    Case Study

    https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/advancedformingresearchcentre/whatwedo/industrycasestudies/whiskycask/ 




     

    Contact Details: 

    info@afrc.org.uk

    Tel: +44 (0)141 534 5200

  • University of Ulster

    Overview

    Advanced Future Materials & ManufacturingThis overarching group builds on core competencies through mainly the School of Engineering but also in computing, built environment and business building on multi-disciplinary and core competencies leading to research activities in the advanced materials and manufacturing arena.


    Offering

    The Centre encompasses the research areas of advanced composites and polymers, nanomaterial development, process development and control, process simulation, material modelling, sensors and data analytics, structural health monitoring, sustainable manufacturing and digital manufacturing. The Engineering Composites Research Centre is a key spoke to the group’s hub as it has an industrial focus and seeks commercial application for the group’s scientific endeavours in sectors such as Aerospace, Automotive, Renewable Energy and Marine.

    The NWCAM project has accelerated Ulster’s research in the areas of additive manufacturing, specifically in high temperature polymers and continuous fibre reinforced composites to be deployed in the Aerospace, Medical Technology and Energy Sectors.


    IDTs Covered

    ML and Data Analytics

    Additive Manufacturing

    Sensors

    Contact Details 

    Professor Alastair McIlhagger 

    a.mcilhagger@ulster.ac.uk

Research and Technology Organisations
  • Biome Technologies Plc

     

    Overview

    Biome Bioplastics is a leading developer of highly functional, naturally based plastics. The company’s mission is to produce bioplastics that challenge the dominance of oil-based polymers, and ultimately replace them completely.

    Building on 20 years of development activity, Biome Bioplastics produces a range of high-performance, plant-based bioplastics that are biodegradable and compostable. Our biopolymers are suitable for both short-life and disposable products, as well as long-life, durable applications.

    Offering

    A bioplastic is a plastic that is made partly or wholly from materials derived from biological sources, such as sugarcane, potato starch or the cellulose from trees and straw. Bioplastics are often designed so that they biodegrade or compost at the end of their useful life, aided by fungi, bacteria and enzymes.

    Bioplastics can generally be directly substituted for their oil-based equivalents. They can also be made to be chemically identical to standard industrial plastics.

    Bioplastics provide a more sustainable alternative to purely oil-based products. As consumers are increasingly seeking more environmentally friendly solutions, they are looking to brands to demonstrate their sustainability credentials. Bioplastics are based on organic materials, absorbing carbon as they grow. Since the production process of bioplastics is very energy efficient, the overall carbon footprint of the products is low.

    Moreover, bioplastics have a managed end-of-life as they can biodegrade or compost. With their additional intelligent benefits, bioplastics can even be engineered to have characteristics such as vapour control.

    IDTs Covered

    Manufacturing

    Innovate UK Project

    A disruptive alternative to plastic packaging materials - exploring the potential of cyanobacteria derived exopolysaccharides as novel, biodegradable and edible biopolymers – (CyoBPoly)

    An estimated 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste have been generated globally since the 1950s (Science, 2017) of which approximately 80% remains in landfill or loose in the broader environment.

    In line with current demand, oil-based plastics are produced at a rate of ~350mtpa. While undoubtedly useful, they have been developed with a focus on function rather than end-of-life performance and their impact on our environment.

    A disruptive solution to the single use plastic problem could be the design of biobased, biodegradable and high-performance polymers which have the potential to replace oil-based packaging materials.

    This collaborative, 9-month proof of concept study between Biome Technologies plc, the University of Glasgow's Institute of Molecular Cell & Systems Biology and the University of Nottingham's Chemical Engineering Department will explore a novel, blue-green algae derived biopolymer in line with the UK Plastics Pact targets.


    Case Study

    https://biometechnologiesplc.com/news/page/4/

     

    Contact Details 

    info@biometechnologiesplc.co.uk

  • Digital Catapult

     

    Overview

    Digital Catapult is the UK's leading advanced digital technology innovation centre. We drive early adoption, making UK businesses more competitive and productive, to help grow the UK economy.

    Offering

    Digital Catapult works with a range of organisations - including startups and scaleups, established businesses, investors, government and public sector, research and academia - to discover new ways of solving industry challenges, increase productivity and open up new markets.

    We do this across a range of technologies that are converging to form an emerging advanced digital technology stack:

    • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
    • Future networks: 5G, the internet of things (IoT) and other next generation network technologies
    • Immersive technologies (virtual, augmented and mixed reality, and haptics)
    • Distributed systems (distributed ledger technologies, including blockchain) 

    This stack is constantly evolving, with new technologies such as quantum computing on the horizon and cyber security included.


    Digital Catapult designs and delivers specialised innovation programmes that drive UK leadership and economic growth. These take into consideration the important ethical and security implications of using these technologies at scale.


    IDTs Covered

    AI

    ML and Data Analytics

    Immersive Technologies

    IIOT and Connectivity

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    The Digital Sandwich - Digitised Food Supply Chain, fusing IoT, Blockchain and AI data layers to improve productivity, traceability and reduce waste

    The Made Smarter Review estimated the UK food and drink industry could realise £56bn in productivity growth and efficiency savings over a 10year period through the wide-spread adoption and integration of novel IDTs across the supply chain.


    Working with a large consortium of manufacturers, supply chain partners, industrial digital technology (IDTs) suppliers, trade and governmental organisations, Raynor Foods Ltd, a leading UK sandwich will develop a national and open demonstrator of a digitalised food supply chain - an open multi-party software platform, connecting supply and value chain stakeholders from food primary production to retail to increase business productivity, agility and resilience.


    Although this is a national food supply chain demonstrator, the UK sandwich industry is worth over £5.6bn, employs over 325k people and is growing at 4.2%CAGR. Recent, well-publicised, health and safety issues (NHS Listeria outbreak and Pret/allergic reaction) have trust issues around production methodology, traceability and accountability in the supply chain into the public-eye.


    The highly fragmented, fast-moving nature of these supply chains leaves critical segments of the industry suffering a perfect storm of challenges, impacting labour (availability / cost) and resource productivity, waste (product and financial), Brexit impacts on international supply chains and consumer safety.


    Although the adoption of new IDT technologies such as Blockchain-DLT, integrated IoT platforms and AI analytics has occurred in large, international companies, there are an estimated 10,000 SME suppliers who can't afford/don't have access to these technologies, and without industry-wide adoption (and IDT compatibility) the benefit of IDT has so far been limited.


    In this collaborative proposal, we will fuse 3 IDT's (Blockchain-DLT, IoT and AI) and demonstrate them within a sandwich manufacturing supply chain. Via immutable traceability, a Blockchain-DLT enabled supply chain will drive trust across the food sector, IoT will integrate critical meta data and new AI driven analytics will drive productivity/ reduce waste.


    Technologies developed will be demonstrated by Raynor Foods. When scaled nationally this novel integrated stack of IDT's will optimise and simplify national, cross border and international food supply chains, increase productivity by ~10%, reduce inventory waste by ~14% and generate £2.8bn GVA within 10 years.


    Whilst food and digital sectors are the exemplars in this demonstrator project, the consortium's vision (particularly the technology partners) and priority will be to share best practices, technology and learning across multiple industrial domains that have complex, fast moving and high trust requiring supply chains such as pharma, aerospace, automotive etc."


    Case Study

     

    https://digitalsandwich.agency/

     

    Contact Details: 

    https://www.digicatapult.org.uk/contact

    Ben Ramsden | Partnership Manager - Food & Drink

    Mobile: 0779 323 6115

     

  • Folium Food Sciences Limited

    Overview

    FOLIUM Science is a UK based biotechnology business that was founded in 2016 as a division of SNIPR Holdings APS. The business was founded in Cambridge and has R&D laboratories in Bristol.

    Our mission is to be the first to deliver CRISPR to the food chain for precise bacterial control.

    FOLIUM Science has developed unique and patented technology that will selectively remove unwanted bacteria. This technology is called “Guided Biotics“. It will help to reduce the need to use antibiotics in farmed animals and support the health of plants.

    Offering

    Guided Biotics are based on patented CRISPR-Cas technology. CRISPR is an acronym that describes repeating sequences of DNA that form part of the natural bacterial immune system that has developed to recognise and destroy the DNA of invading elements such as bacterial viruses. Guided Biotics use CRISPR to identify and target specific sequences of DNA in the target unwanted bacteria.

    FOLIUM Science has developed unique Guided Biotics to selectively remove unwanted bacteria from livestock.  Priority targets for poultry applications are Salmonella (all serotypes) and other zoonotic, performance reducing, spoilage and wastage bacteria.

    In partnership with the University of Bristol and the Quadram Institute of Bioscience, FOLIUM Science is in a position to launch their first product range, BiomElix.

    IDTs Covered

    Sensors

    AI

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    Automated detection, and highly targeted and effective treatment and prevention, of bacterial blight infection in major World Food Crops

    "Food security concerns resulting from incurable bacterial blight is one of the most critical environmental and social issues faced globally. 10% of global crop production is lost to disease costing $220 billion annually. The diversity of crop diseases continues to expand, and new strains are constantly evolving. A study has suggested the loss of major crops to bacterial blight amount to enough to feed nearly 9% of the global population, with these figures set to increase further with the prevalence of climate change and continued heavy metal use on agricultural soil.

    Despite the urgency and scale of the problem, technological advancements to identify, treat and prevent bacterial blight infection in crops is ineffective, with detection largely reliant on manual processes, therefore timely, unproductive with state-of-the-art imaging technologies not widely adopted due to their cost-ineffectiveness and complicated output. Additionally, there are no current chemical or biological treatments that can cure bacterial infection, they simply slow the spread of the disease. Full plant removal is essential to halt the bacterial spread but is very costly.


    This collaboration of Folium, Rinicom and the John Innes Centre seeks to overcome limitations of current solutions to deliver the first complete solution to both detect and treat Xanthomonas bacterial blight by developing a dual-purpose drone and novel Guided Biotic treatment to be used as a joint solution. This drone can attach interchangeable payloads with a sensor system and delivery system specifically designed during this project work. This approach will offer:

    • Advanced AI driven image analysis to identify Xanthomonas infection
    • Precise location GPS of infection
    • Associated infected area coordinates
    • Specific spot spray of Guided Biotics (employing delivery system)
    • Treatment/protection of diseased plant only by selected removal of Xanthomonas infections
    • Modulation of signalling pathways to abolish bacterial pathogenicity
    • Enhanced product lifetime due to reduced selective pressure to develop resistance
    • Reduced crop waste
    • Increased crop production system efficiency
    • Improved soil and air quality.

    With support through Innovate UK, a 24-month programme of research is required to deliver an optimised prototype demonstrated in a crop production system. If successful, this solution has the potential to truly revolutionise the future of food security with global exploitation potential (capable of preventing 1.6 million tonnes of waste- cumulative by YR5). The project will deliver significant export-led growth for Folium and Rinicom, a substantial ROI, increased employment and further opportunity for R&D investment."


    Case Study

    https://foliumscience.com/2020/07/24/folium-science-extends-capability-to-destroy-plant-pathogens/

     

    Contact Details 

    https://foliumscience.com/contact/

  • High Value Manufacturing Catapult

    Overview

    Established by Innovate UK, we are here to bridge the gap between business and academia, helping to turn great ideas into reality by providing access to world-class research and development facilities and expertise that would otherwise be out of reach for many businesses in the UK.


    Our Role

    To grow your business and the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the UK economy. Investigate innovative technologies or scale up new products and processes to prove they have achieved manufacturing readiness Work with academic partners to build on research at Universities and Research establishments in the UK and beyond Use our expertise to help shape UK manufacturing policy. Work with the UK Government and others, to develop high quality training provision to meet industry needs.


    Offering

    Our Capabilities

    We help you design, develop and deliver innovation. Delivering the solutions our customers need, where they need them.

    Technologies

    Through our seven Centres we offer technology innovation and scale-up capabilities across the spectrum of process and discrete manufacturing industries.


    IDTs Covered

    Additive Manufacturing

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    TRUSTEDBYTE

    COVID-19 and post-Brexit trading uncertainty have placed UK food supply chains under unprecedented pressure. COVID-19 demonstrated the absolute reliance of the UK's society on the food system. 70% of the UK's imported food is from the EU, including highly perishable products such as fruit and vegetables which for seasonality reasons cannot be produced in the UK. Fresh produce supply-chains are the archetypes of "just-in-time" modality, even delays or disruption leads to food waste and massive financial losses. Volumes moved are vast, food accounts for 23% of UK road freight, but the industry is highly competitive, driven by buyer power from dominant retailer firms. The industry has continuously innovated, removing cost to offset competitive pressure. This served a social purpose to maintain low price inflation to consumers. However, COVID-19 and Brexit have created a new urgency to reformat supply-chains that are more adaptable, resilient and manage risk.

    TRUSTEDBYTE step changes supply-chain management for the food sector. TRUSTEDBYTE's vision is to drive supply-chain productivity but creating a "whole industry" interoperable ecosystem for trusted data exchange, integrated with new AEO compliant API's to facilitate cross border transition alongside new telecommunications technology that provide ubiquitous access to data.


    To deliver this vision TRUSTEDBYTE has the following objectives


    • To create the UK's first "data trust" for governance and sharing of data across the fresh produce sector at whole industry scale.

    • To develop a novel AEO compliant API integrated to HMRC that facilitates cross border food trade.

    • To develop a novel low cost 4G / Sat communications solution that provides ubiquitous access to supply chain data across the EU.

    • To exploit these by widening the interoperability of the Bluering supply chain management software.

    • To demonstrate these capabilities at scale across the UK fresh produce industry.

    • To develop new business models to exploit new functionality.

    TRUSTEBYTE's brings together leading technology developers (Bluering developers, Excelerate Ltd, Satellite Application Catapult, MTC) with key members of the UK fresh produce supply chain (Fesa UK, Worldwide Fruit, Davis Worldwide, Histon Sweet Spreads), trade bodies (Fresh Produce Network), HEI's (University of Lincoln), standards bodies (BSi) and support from key regulators (HMRC / FSA) as well as input from Pinsent Masons, the UK's leading legal experts on data governance.


    It provides a private sector approach to support multiple high-profile elements of government policy (facilitating post Brexit trade, food security, productivity, clean growth).


    Case Study


    This project completes in 2023

     

    Contact Details: 

    https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/talk-to-us/

  • National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

    Overview

    A place where industry, academia and the public sector work together on ground-breaking manufacturing research to transform productivity levels, makes companies more competitive and boost the skills of our current and future workforce.

    The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland will see the development of a new world-class facility in Renfrewshire which will work collaboratively with the existing specialist technology centres.

    Offering

    The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is the future of manufacturing at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

    It is where industry, academia, and the public sector work together on ground-breaking manufacturing research to transform productivity levels, make companies more competitive and boost the skills of our current and future workforce.


    The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is a group of industry-led manufacturing research and development facilities with a network of Partners across Scotland brought together to boost the manufacturing community.  The group comprises: The Advanced Forming Research Centre, The Capability Network, Digital Factory, The Lightweight Manufacturing Centre and The Manufacturing Skills Academy.


    Together we are focused on revolutionising skills, productivity, and innovation to help attract investment and make Scotland and the wider UK a global leader in advanced manufacturing.


    Growing out of the Scottish Government’s manufacturing action plan published in February 2016, NMIS is an integral part of the Making Scotland’s Future programme.


    IDTs Covered

    Additive Manufacturing

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors

    Innovate UK  Project

    Fast Track Industrial Prototyping Toolset and Methodology

    An innovative digital solution will be developed for an improved cask filling system, using a digital twin to demonstrate and optimise the manufacturing process improvements achievable through the developed whisky cask filling system. The consortium, led by DAI, an IT solution delivery SME, will develop an improved cask filling system which will fill the casks to 100% in an equivalent cycle time to current filling solutions (which fill to below 95%) using a digital twin and data captured from the physical system to iteratively refine the solution. The project will fully validate the digital twin and demonstrate virtual commissioning and operational improvements. The technology developed and demonstrated within the project is applicable to a range of industry product and process improvement challenges, for example in the oil & gas, power production and pharmaceutical industries.

    Case Study

    https://www.nmis.scot/whats-happening/case-studies/digitaltwincasestudy/

     

    Contact Details: 

    https://www.nmis.scot/get-in-touch/

    Tel: 0141 534 5200

  • Siemens 

    Overview

    Siemens is a digital pioneer focusing on the areas of electrification and automation. We partner with our customers to unleash their business potential using our energy-efficient, resource-saving technology and digital know how.


    Offering

    To meet increasingly individualised customer requirements quickly and with top quality, the food and beverage industry is focusing on maximum flexibility and productivity. At the same time, sustainability has grown hugely in importance: Decarbonization, careful use of resources, and energy efficiency are key factors for success in global competition. A comprehensive approach makes it possible: Networking the shop floor, buildings, and infrastructure using digital solutions and services, and making smart use of energy to reduce your carbon footprint and minimise costs.

    IDTs Covered

    AI

    ML and Data Analytics

    Additive Manufacturing

    Immersive Technologies

    IIOT and Connectivity

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

     

    Case Study

    https://new.siemens.com/uk/en/company/topic-areas/digital-enterprise/automation-digitalisation-food-beverage-cpg-manufacturing/factory-of-the-future-f-b-whitepaper.html


    https://new.siemens.com/uk/en/markets/food-beverage.html

     

    Contact Details: https://new.siemens.com/uk/en/company/about/contact-us.html 

  • STFC Food Network +  

    Overview

    The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Food Network+ (SFN) brings together STFC researchers and facilities with research and industry in the agri-food sector.


    Offering

    The SFN is building an interdisciplinary community working to provide a sustainable, secure supply of safe, nutritious, and affordable high-quality food using less land, with reduced inputs, and in the context of global climate change and declining natural resources. We fund projects that put STFC capabilities to work in the AgriFood industry.


    IDTs Covered

    AI

    ML and Data Analytics

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors

     

    Contact Details 

    stfcfoodnetwork@sheffield.ac.uk

  • Tharsus 

    Overview

    We design and build robotics and automated machines


    Offering

    Our unique Original Equipment Design & Manufacture (OEDM) service model was created to meet fast-changing customer needs in the automation age.


    OEDM is a major breakthrough. It is specifically designed to help companies that are new to or moving into the design and manufacture of automation solutions.


    Its standout feature is how it drives commercial collaboration right from the start, integrating technologies and resources to a shared purpose.


    The customer retains full brand & IP ownership while maximising the value of external specialist capabilities along the product design, development and manufacture journey.


    IDTs Covered

    Robotics and Automation

    Manufacturing


    Case Study

    https://tharsus.co.uk/our-projects 

    Contact Details: 

    https://tharsus.co.uk/contact-us 

  • Xampla Limited

    Overview

    XAMPLA is a spin-out from the University of Cambridge.

    Xampla’s team combines industry experience and scientific excellence.  The company is led by technology entrepreneur Simon Hombersley (CEO), co-founder Dr Marc Rodriguez Garcia (CTO) and experienced finance professional Allan Rowley (CFO)

    Offering

    Xampla has created the world’s first replacements for plastic made from plant protein, the highest performing natural polymer. Our technology is adaptable and flexible in application, and we work with clients to deliver bespoke solutions to replace plastics in their products, whilst ensuring no compromise on performance or customer experience.


    IDTs Covered

    Manufacturing

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    Natural, plant protein plastics

    We're all increasingly aware of the impact of oil-based plastics and other materials on our health and environment. Over the coming decades, we'll be transitioning away from oil, and new solutions are needed from materials based on plants. Xampla has developed an entirely new material, made from peas. It's entirely natural, with no synthetic ingredients, 100% biodegradable and biocompatible. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed innovative processes to engineer pea protein to create new materials that are useful in applications in food, cosmetics, household products, animal feed, packaging and medicine. The company's launch products will have a major impact on the issue of microplastic pollution in our oceans. This project aims to develop the company's materials into packaging and other larger plastic structures, to enable the transition from oil-based materials and reducing impact on the environment.

    Contact Details 

    info@xampla.co.uk 

Innovative Companies
  • Axion Recycling

    Overview

    Axion are leaders in the resource recovery sector

    We’re on a mission to protect finite resources and reduce landfill by developing and supporting circular economy initiatives that provide a viable alternative to the ‘take, make, dispose’ model. Our goal is a future where products stay in use for as long as possible and where resource recovery and re-use become the default options.

    Offering

    We run our own multimillion pound advanced sorting and reprocessing plants, sell both the products and by-products of the process, and share our engineering and business expertise through a range of consultancy and practical support services.

    As a result, we’ve become widely recognised as experts in developing innovative resource recovery technologies, process plants and business models that deliver both financial and environmental benefits.


    IDTs Covered

    Manufacturing

    Innovate UK Project

    Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging – REFLEX

    Flexible packaging such as plastic bags, sweet wrappers, frozen food bags and pouches makes up 32% of consumer plastic packaging in the UK, however virtually all of this 556,000 tonnes ends up in landfill. By contrast 58% of plastic bottles are recycled. Our vision is to achieve a circular economy for flexible packaging and divert it from landfill. To achieve this, innovative recyclable flexible package designs are required, where all the materials used can be reprocessed together. The design will include innovative inks, new barrier polymers, novel packaging designs and a new automated sorting technique. With the backing of Nestle and Unilever, two global brands who see consumer value in offering recyclable packaging, industry-wide guidelines for recyclable packaging will be agreed and disseminated. Each step of the process will be trialled during this project, thus demonstrating to the full supply chain that it is viable to create a circular economy in plastic flexible packaging

     

    Contact Details 

    https://axiongroup.co.uk/contact/

  • B-Hive Innovations

    Overview

    Innovation is key to the food industry. It helps us to grow and tackle key challenges

    “One clear message is that business as usual is not an option. Major transformations of agricultural systems, rural economies and natural resource management are needed” – FAO, 2017.

    We agree that doing nothing is not an option. Innovation and technology are essential to economic and environmentally sustainable food production for this generation and for future generations.

    Offering

    Machine learning

    We use machine learning to interpret high volume data from visual, electromagnetic, satellite and environmental sensors to identify significant factors which can impact or promote crop performance, marketable yield, and waste.

    Product development

    Create a product from concept through to delivery, undertaking the manufacture, product support and ongoing development

    Insight

    We create actionable intelligence from understanding of data and production context

    Data science

    Our data scientists identify key patterns and trends in crop data to provide agronomic insights

    Software development

    We have web, cloud and mobile-based development teams to create technological tools for data collection, analysis and presentation

    Plant science

    Our in-house experts in plant science understand crop responses and interactions with their environment to better understand how to maximise crop value

    Innovate UK Project

    A holistic non-destructive data driven demonstrator to quantify potato crops during growth to realise maximum marketable yield and help reduce waste, contributing to net zero emissions - TUBERSCAN-DEMO

    Determining the correct date on which to harvest potatoes is one of the most critical decisions potato growers must make. If they lift their potatoes too early, they may be below the optimum size resulting in less than the maximum potential output being produced, if they lift them too late, they may be too large to meet buyer specifications making them unsaleable. Either way the grower loses potential income. A recent proof of concept Innovate UK project (TUBERSCAN) has shown that it is possible to use new technologies to non-invasively measure the total biomass of potato tubers in the soil. Combining this with above ground data of potato plants, number of tubers per potato plant can be accurately determined. In addition, research has been conducted to create a cost-effective technology solution that supports the above on a commercial platform.

    The aim of this project is to build on the findings from the TUBERSCAN project to develop and test an innovative demonstrator system to measure and map average tuber sizes and yield throughout potato fields. This data will provide insights to will drive early interventions and/or selective harvesting to take place, thereby optimising crop yield and resource use. It is anticipated that this technology could generate an estimated 5 - 10% increase in UK marketable potato production, while assisting with reducing waste throughout the supply chain, working towards net zero emissions in the potato industry.


    Case Study

    https://www.b-hiveinnovations.co.uk/projects/tuberscan

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.b-hiveinnovations.co.uk/contact-us

  • C-Tech Innovation

    Overview

    Our mission is to design and supply process equipment for our clients that delivers step-change improvements in capability, productivity, and quality. Our focus is continuous process technology, including processes with electrochemical and electro-heating requirements. We support our clients in the transition to all-electric process technologies.

    Innovate UK Project

    Continuous in line cooking of meat products

    This project proposes to develop the use of Ohmic (OH) and radio frequency (RF) heating for the continuous production of cooked ham, chicken and turkey meat to be either subsequently sliced to make sandwich filling or packed as joints/logs. These cooking methods are both direct volumetric heating technologies which deliver energy very efficiently. OH efficiently pre-congeals and sets the meat while RF delivers the final heating step as energy efficiently as possible.

    The new production process will offer significant advantages which will be piloted in a factory in the project:

    • Continuous processing, with meat product cooked in-line/ in-pipe. Significant production and labour savings.
    • Significantly faster cooking with lower energy use with equivalent microbial inactivation. Energy cost savings.
    • Very rapid thermally controllable, rapid start up and high production flexibility, good suitability for factory use.

    Combining the two emerging technologies will enable them to complement each other overcoming some limitations with each and will realise a very efficient and marketable new process.


    Case Study

    https://www.ctechinnovation.com/c-tech-innovation-launches-its-continuous-flow-pilot-scale-ohmic-heating-system/

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.ctechinnovation.com/contact/

  • CCM Technologies

    Overview

    CCm Technologies is a sustainable/cleantech technology company, based near Swindon, focused on resource optimisation, including Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU).

    CCm's technology converts captured carbon dioxide and other waste streams into stable value-added materials with multiple uses including fertiliser, plastics and energy storage.


    Offering

    CCm Technologies, formally known as CCm Research, is an award winning cleantech company, focused on resource optimisation, including Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU). The Head Office and the Technology Centre is in Swindon 

    CCm's technology converts captured carbon dioxide and other waste streams (such as Ammonia and Phosphate) into stable value-added materials with multiple uses across global priority sectors of food/agriculture, advanced materials & energy storage.


    IDTs Covered

    Clean Technology

    Innovate UK Project

    Transformational change through Zero Carbon Fertilisers: Phase 2 - Scale up delivery

    CCm Technologies aims to utilise its Carbon-capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) technology to address 2 key policies in the Clean-Growth Strategy, supporting NetZero by 2050;

    1. Industry efficiency: De-carbonising and increasing efficiency of waste processes through development of circular carbon-capture utilisation and storage technology
    2. Natural Resources: Utilise waste resources for production of zero-carbon fertilisers, reducing agricultural emissions and utilising UK soils for permanent carbon sequestration.

    Phase 1 developed processes and knowledge to enhance a range of waste biochar feedstocks using captured CO2 and recovered nutrient resources, sourced from UK and European pyrolysis and gasification systems, for generating energy (including hydrogen) and waste treatment.

    By integrating CO2 derived Nitrogen and recovered nutrients, stabilised by CO2 captured by CCm's process to enhance the nutrient content of biochar, CCm formulated and produced several Zero Carbon fertiliser outputs. 2 fertiliser formulations have been chosen for scale up in Phase 2, best demonstrating solutions to customer challenges. Transformational change through Zero Carbon Fertilisers: Phase 2 - Scale up delivery The R&D steps taken to formulate these fertilisers confirmed the design of a scale up CCUS, modular prototype, for manufacture and deployment at KEW's operational advanced-gasification plant in Phase2.

    During Phase 2 CCm will carry out a detailed design and manufacture of its CCUS to fertiliser prototype which can be operated on site, with UK advanced-gasification lead KEW Technology. The mobile nature of CCm's container unit will allow demonstration at COP26 and provides a modular system which creates a new revenue stream for CCm, accelerating integration of CCUS technology within a growing energy from waste and fertiliser market. CCm's modular distributed approach is mirrored by KEW's advanced-gasification systems enhancing future technology deployments for both CCm and KEW.

    CCm will produce Zero Carbon fertilisers which will be put to field trials with Velcourt to assess crop yield comparisons with conventional fertiliser alternatives. Cranfield University will also assess reduction in Nitrogen to tackle a key objective of DEFRA to reduce Ammonia emissions. One of the significant benefits of the CCm process, which has been developed further during Phase 1, is the carbon sequestration potential of the developed fertiliser outputs. The chosen 6-5-5 and 7-0-0 both remove carbon for at least 100years. For every tonne of 6-5-5 CCm fertiliser produced, 2.41 Tonnes of CO2equivalent is removed. 1.59T/CO2e is removed per tonne of 7-0-0\.


    Case Study

    http://ccmtechnologies.co.uk/technology#c8539e40-53d0-444a-bd7b-3e3bd2108eee

     

    Contact Details 

    http://ccmtechnologies.co.uk/contact-us 

  • Cerulean 

    Overview

    Cerulean is focused on supporting the scientific community by ensuring all of our equipment meets current measurement standards.


    Offering

    Cerulean invests heavily in developing new products and adapting existing products to meet customers' requirements. With the advancement of rapid prototyping, Cerulean uses 3-D printers for feasibility studies and some production-release parts.

    Having in-house expertise to design and manufacture items rapidly allows us to be flexible in our ability to respond to requirements. Our Innovation Team incorporates a design team that have experience in rapid prototype development, electronic design, firmware programming and many years of experience in developing customer solutions.

    Members of the dedicated Innovation Team include smoking experts, metrology experts and design engineers whose primary role is to create solutions for customers be these new processes, new measurements or ergonomic challenges such as from creating a device that is moulded to user's hands.


    IDTs Covered

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors

    Manufacturing

    Contact Details: info@cerulean.com

    https://www.cerulean.com/en/solutions/products/industry/376

  • Crover Limited

    Overview

    Crover is on a mission to help grain storage operators reduce losses and maintain optimum storage conditions, while helping humanity 'reach below the surface'.  Our vision is to radically improve the efficiency of bulk storage along the GOP (Grains, oilseeds, and protein crops) supply chain, thus reducing grain losses due to spoilage and avoiding the deterioration in quality of these valuable crops that are the backbone of our global food system and crucial in sustaining the world.

    Offering

    The core technology behind the CROVER robot comes from years of research in granular physics and rheology (the study of how granular materials "flow").

    Crover's method of movement in granular materials is made possible by a new ground-breaking physical discovery and patented (UK) technology enabling locomotion in bulk solids (e.g. sand, grains, powders).

    Like plane or drone wings in air, or a boat's rotor in water, it allows an object to move through solid grains.

    It works in any environment made of bulk solids and powers, like sand dunes, heaps of grain, mineral bulks.

    Innovate UK Project

    Feasibility study of a Crover robot for the autonomous sampling of grain bulks

    Cereal grains are the basis of staple food, yet post-harvest losses during long-term storage are exceptionally high, above 20% in the UK and worldwide. Pests are to blame, with grain moisture content and temperature being the most significant factors. Cereal storage sites such as farms, grain merchants, millers and breweries, experience these challenges, which have high-cost implications in terms of lost revenue and cost to rectify.

    The objective of this project, a partnership between Crover Ltd, Agri-EPI Centre and East of Scotland Farmers, is to create the first robotic device able to safely sample grain bulks at various depths while still in storage, where existing methods cannot. Unlike current grain solutions that can only reach near the surface pose a safety hazard to operators collecting the samples, Crover's remote probing device will be able to collect samples throughout the whole silo/shed. This gives early detection of potential spoilage allowing proactive management to reduce losses and maintain quality.

    Case Study

    https://www.crover.tech/

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.crover.tech/contact-us 

    Emco

    Overview

    EMCO is now in its fourth decade of researching and developing innovative solutions for the control and testing of gases. From EMCO'S and our partners R&D laboratories and manufacturing sites in the UK, Germany, France, Spain & USA, we continue to innovate and broaden our range of technologies.

    Offering

    EMCO develops technology and instruments to measure, control & optimise gases. Our core business is to ensure freshness throughout the food production process, for compliancy, efficiency, safety and to extend food shelf life. We also work in the Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals, Welding, Hi-Tech Engineering & Aerospace industries.


    IDTs Covered

    Manufacturing

    Engineering

    Innovate UK Project

    Active Food Packaging Inclusion

    EMCO Packaging Systems have developed an active, oxygen generating and carbon dioxide absorbing, food packaging inclusion, which is designed to maintain predetermined pack atmospheres within elevated oxygen, controlled atmosphere packed, whole and prepared fresh produce, providing a substantially extended, quality-maintained shelf life and significantly reduced spoilage waste within the retail chain.

    The inclusion is generally produced in sachet format, although it can be manufactured as a self-adhesive label. In either format it is unobtrusive and is placed in the retail pack at the time of packing.

    The technology associated with this packaging inclusion is entirely innovative and is protected by a number of patents.


    Case Study

    https://www.emcotechnologies.co.uk/products/oxyfresh-sachets

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.emcotechnologies.co.uk/contact 

    Entec Nutrition Limited

    Overview

    Entec Nutrition is a British company at the forefront of the development of farming insects as an environmentally friendly, high quality and nutritious source of feed. With our passion for nutrition and sustainability we are transforming the livestock, aquaculture and domestic pet feed markets by producing consistent high-quality insect products that our customers can rely on, while protecting them from the price fluctuations that are common within the feed industry.

    Offering

    Poultry Feed Reduce your reliance on imported soybean and choose sustainable by supplementing your flock’s diet with our protein packed insects! Our high-quality mealworms are an excellent source of digestible amino acids and energy, providing the nutrition you need for happy, healthy birds. Feeding live mealworms to your flock will encourage natural foraging behaviour, while providing stimulation and enhancing their welfare. As if that’s not enough, including insects in poultry feed enhances the gut microbiota, by acting as a prebiotic and minimising the need for antibiotics.

    Aquaculture Feed Aquaculture continues to grow faster than other major food production sectors, supplying 53% of fish intended for human consumption and providing a fundamental source of human nutrition worldwide. Inspired by the natural consumption of insects by wild fish and crustaceans, our upcoming insect-based products are specially formulated to provide functional benefits and sustainable premium nutrition to the aquaculture sector.

    IDTs Covered

     

    Innovate UK Project

    Feasibility Study: Designing a highly efficient production facility for insect-based products

    As population levels rise, it is expected that fish and poultry consumption will increase, generating a greater demand for animal feedstocks, and therefore animal-feed ingredients (feed costs constitute 50-60% of aquaculture production costs; 60-80% of poultry) [Government Office for Science, 2017].

    The global feed industry is energy-intensive, reliant on international imports, at risk of commodity price hikes, and associated with deforestation. The UK needs to increase feed production resilience to mitigate these issues and to move the UK's fish and poultry production towards a sustainable and productive future. This project will significantly support the UK goal to reach net-zero carbon target by 2050.

    Entec Nutrition and its uniquely positioned consortia (Campden BRI, The University of Exeter) and specialised subcontractors to design a fit for purpose, highly energy-efficient and cost-effective insect rearing facility design. This includes exploring the intrinsic science behind insect nutrition applied to animal feed, investigating efficient food production methodologies and integrating technology to propose a high-tech, bespoke insect rearing facility that is completely aligned to the market needs.

    The project will enable significant investment on the construction of this cutting-edge production facility, bringing immediate economic benefits to the country. Additionally, the project has the potential to position the UK as a leader in using insect feed to lower the cost of production and environmental impact of the poultry and aquaculture industries.

    Case Study

    https://www.entecnutrition.com/post/entec-wins-research-grant

     

    Contact Details 

    info@entecnutrition.com

    Festo

    Overview

    As a third-generation family-owned company, we are financially independent and socially committed. We therefore think and act for the long term – in generations, not financial years. Our values provide us with guidance on how we can structure our company together. They determine how we act and how we treat each other.


    Offering

    How can we make your work easier and make you even more productive? This is the question we are focusing on. Getting production processes fit for the future is a great way to answer this question. Our customers in process and factory automation have done just that.  

    Our perfect mix of electric and pneumatic automation meets those requirements, offering reliable, high-quality automation solutions for factory and process automation. The right ingredients for your production systems, enabling economical production of top-quality food products. Our products, solutions and selected services are available globally, wherever your production locations are.

    "In the food industry, food safety is crucial. But issues such as flexibility, viability for the future and sustainability also play an increasingly important role. We offer you smart solutions to meet these requirements.

    In my experience, automation in the food sector works best when you bring in an expert partner early on in the process who has the right automation solutions for the food industry and expertise in planning. That's when you can rely on Festo."


    IDTs Covered

    Connectivity

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

     

    Case Study

    https://www.festo.com/gb/en/e/core-range-id_4272/#st_topic_teaser__master

     

    Contact Details https://www.festo.com/gb/en/e/contact-id_59297/

  • Flexi-hex Limited

    Overview

    At Flexi-Hex®, our goal is a clear one; to remove plastic from the packaging industry and raise awareness of the environmental threats currently facing our world. With around 17.6 billion pounds of plastic entering the ocean annually, our philosophy is focused around creating practical and innovative solutions that ultimately help reduce the amount of packaging waste ending up in marine environments.

    Using a patented, honeycomb design made from paper, our sustainable packaging is strong, adaptable, and biodegradable. Resulting in an eco-friendly product that doesn’t compromise on quality and functionality.

    Offering

    We have created a robust and patented sleeve made from an expandable honeycomb material. Renowned for its strength, the hexagonal cell structure not only provides an incredible layer of protection around fragile products, it also creates an adaptable sleeve that has many applications.

    The most popular product in our range, the Pinch Top is a reliable e-commerce solution designed for the safe shipping of one, two or three bottles. Made from FSC Certified paper, the Pinch Top is 100% plastic-free, recyclable and can be customised with company branding to elevate the consumer unboxing experience with beautiful gift-like packaging.


    IDTs Covered

    Manufacturing

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    E-Commerce Packaging for Bottles

    Flexi-Hex is an innovative new sustainable packaging system for bottles created in response to the increasing number of e commerce drinks sales and the demand by e commerce companies to improve their environmental credentials by going 'plastic free'.

    Flexi-Hex is simply made from recycled paper yet is surprisingly strong and durable. The unique honeycomb design gives the packaging high compression resistance, and the unique cellular structure of Flexi-Hex allows flexibility to fit irregular bottle shapes and sizes. The honeycomb geometry is unique in that it expands to create a sleeve 35 times wider than its compressed form. Flexi-hex is also lightweight and in its compressed form takes up little storage space. The system's flexibility is pragmatic for compact lightweight portability.


    With public awareness around single-use plastics and the devastating effect on the marine environment at an all-time high, developing a sustainable plastic free packaging system for e-commerce drinks sales will offer a solution to reduce the considerable amount of plastic waste companies generate reducing their environmental footprint.

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.flexi-hex.com/contact/

  • Ishida

    Overview

    Ishida Europe is a trusted provider of industry-leading multihead weighers, quality control and packaging equipment for food


    Offering

    We offer a full range of weighing, x-ray inspection, check weighing, tray sealing, packing and leak detection equipment, plus supporting software, for food applications and non-food applications such as hardware and tablets. Whether it’s a single machine or a fully integrated line solution our technology is tailored to your sector and the characteristics of your products – and built by engineering experts who understand your challenges.


    IDTs Covered

    Robotics and Automation


    Case Study

    https://www.ishidaeurope.com/en/about-us/case-studies-and-events/case-studies

     

    Contact Details: 

    https://www.ishidaeurope.com/en/contact-us/make-an-enquiry

  • JD Cooling 

    Overview

    JD Cooling is the UK’s leading independent supplier of bespoke temperature control systems.


    Offering

    We are the leading independent supplier of temperature control systems. As specialists in cooling, industrial refrigeration, heating, electrical, automation control and facilities support services; we provide the full in-house turnkey solution, delivering a hassle-free, wholly project managed, end-to-end service from design to full installation, testing and completed system. 


    IDTs Covered

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors


    Case Study

    https://www.jdcooling.com/case-studies/?type%5B%5D=Controls 

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.jdcooling.com/contact/

  • Minebea Intec

    Overview

    Minebea Intec provides products, solutions and services to the food industry for increasing the reliability, safety and efficiency of production and packaging lines.


    Offering

    Minebea Intec is a leading supplier of weighing and inspection technologies to the food and beverage production industry. Armed with a deep understanding of the challenges food and drink manufacturers face, the company has developed a range of products and solutions that are perfectly tailored to meet their needs in relation to quality and food/drink safety, while also enhancing efficiency and protecting production equipment.


    Minebea Intec’s extensive range of high-tech equipment for weighing, counting and batching raw materials and finished products, as well as for foreign body detection etc., is ideally suited to the food and beverage manufacturing industry, and can help ensure that such objectives are met – always.


    IDTs Covered

    Robotics and Automation

    Contact Details: cs.uk@minebea-intec.com

  • The Devenish Group

    Overview

    The Devenish Group is made up of companies all working together to develop sustainable food solutions.

    Headquartered in Northern Ireland, with sites across Ireland, the UK, USA, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda, our team of nutritionists use science and technology to ensure the most effective and efficient utilisation of nutrients in the production of food.

    Offering

    A-One – With over 45 years' experience, A-One has a proven track record in developing starter feeds for the pig and game bird sectors. Based in Dishforth, Yorkshire, A-One also has a team in Denmark.

    Hi Peak – Hi Peak is the UK and Ireland's largest 100% organic feed mill, producing a range of premix, feeds, blends, and speciality feeds for ruminant and monogastric species.

    Yem-Vit – Yem-Vit manufactures and sells a range of premixes and feed additives for the ruminant, poultry, and aqua sectors. From its manufacturing site in Izmir, Turkey, Yem-Vit exports throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.

    Innovate UK Project

    Advancing Bioprocess Sustainability for Poultry Feed from Algal Biotechnology (ABS-PFAB

    This project's vision is to develop the next-generation of algae-derived products for use in poultry production in the UK, Canada, and other commercial markets worldwide (including South America, Australasia and MENA).

    The proposed R&D will make improvements to existing processes to:

    1. significantly reduce carbon footprint of omega-3 production
    2. develop a sustainable protein source.

    Both (1) and (2) will help with the aim of achieving net zero agriculture emissions by 2040. The key objective of the project is to develop a more sustainably produced, nutrient dense, chicken that will provide a rich source of omega-3 oils in the human diet whilst enhancing the overall efficacy of poultry production. The project consortium envisages that the results of this technology will also be applicable to other areas of primary agriculture (e.g., aquaculture, pigs) and expand access to essential lipids in human diets globally.

    Commercial on-farm studies, in both the UK and Canada, will use a range of sensors and electronic (big) data to prove the validity of this innovative approach to poultry farming.

    The Canadian and UK partners involved in this project are already experts in specific areas i.e. production of algae products and manufacture of novel/sustainable animal feeds, respectively.  The innovative aspect of this project is to bring together both of these key skills into a fully collaborative R&D project that is to generate new products that have commercial and sustainability (i.e., reduced carbon) benefits for the worldwide primary agriculture industry.

    Furthermore, by combining these complementary skills it is envisaged there will be improvements to the welfare of livestock and benefits to human nutrition.

    Case Study

    This project does not complete until February 2023

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.devenishnutrition.com/contact/form/

  • Valueform Limited

    Overview

    Most of the plastic food packaging you have used will persist longer than everyone in the town, city or village you are living in. At Valueform want to package food in a way that reduces the current calamitous environmental impact current food packaging places on our environment.

    As supermarkets and people who package food, we want to help you develop products from waste materials that disappear shortly after they have been used. Not products that are over engineered and stick around for years and decades.

    To do this we have to offer price competitive solutions that support global supply chains. We are ready and with your support in our own way we can help conserve our planet.

    Offering

    ValueForm has a vision of high-volume food packaging solutions made from straw that replaces the need for plastic and paper products. Valueform meets or beats the price of the paper and plastic solutions it replaces, whilst offering the same technical characteristics with a vastly superior environmental impact.

    Valueform believes passionately that the packaging of food in supermarkets and food retailing needs to change moving away from plastic and paper to more sustainable but economically competitive solutions. We want to lead this change, by not only providing the end products to customers, but also providing the technology to the paper industry to convert their plants to use straw and other cereal waste materials.

    Valueform’s suite of technology allows us to meet or beat the price of the products our customers are currently using made from paper or plastic, whilst giving a product that ensures the quality and safety of the food that is packaged.

    If you have a high-volume food packaging product that is currently made from recycled paper or plastic then we would like to work with you to make these products from waste straw, to give you an economically attractive alternative that is based on turning cereal waste in to useful packaging.


    IDTs Covered

    Manufacturing

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    Sustainable design of a primary and secondary reusable and recyclable insulated packaging for fresh produce (tomatoes) to extend supply chain life and reduce food wastage in Africa

    Valueform Ltd is a technology company focusing on the development of natural and sustainable packaging solutions. Sub-Saharan Africa is a major producer of fruits and vegetables, yet food losses prevent a sustainable supply chain. This is expressed by these countries having a need to import the very same vegetables they locally produce as the majority of products have gone off before reaching the consumer. Primary and secondary packaging for these countries is currently imported and has a need for active refrigeration, which is in many cases not feasible with local communities having no access to the power grid. In addition, the primary packaging is not made from natural and sustainable sources, hence adding an environmental and disposal burden to these countries. The currently used design for the intended storage of fruits and vegetables is imperfect and leads to millions of tons of food wastage lowering the levels of food security. This is a challenge to be addressed as per SDGs.

    We are developing a novel and innovative packaging that can limit the rate of food waste due to inappropriate storage to the supply chain. Our unit is created of locally available natural products that are inexpensive and readily available in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as developed nations. Our box has an insulating and functional component as well as a smart design that allows longevity of the box and easy replacement of broken/ worn components.

    Contact Details 

    enquiries@valueform.biz

Integrators / Technology Providers
  • Beckhoff

    Overview

    Beckhoff implements open automation systems using PC-based control technology. The product spectrum comprises these main areas: Industrial PCs, I/O and fieldbus components, drive technology and automation software. Product series are available for all areas, which can be used as individual components or function collectively as a complete, harmonized control system. Our New Automation Technology philosophy stands for universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of applications ranging from CNC machine tools to intelligent building automation systems.


    Offering

    Food packaging requires high-quality, flexible and resource-saving solutions. In addition to ever smaller production batches and increasing production speed, traceability and complete electronic process documentation and validation are becoming increasingly important. With PC-based Control, Beckhoff offers a control solution for highly efficient, flexible and compact filling and packaging machines. PC-based Control is particularly suitable for applications in which high speed and precision are required or where complex motion connections have to be implemented. Maximum flexibility is guaranteed in situations where packaging systems are to be adapted to changing requirements without high implementation costs or if new functionalities are to be seamlessly integrated.


    TwinCAT is the integrated software and engineering platform for all automation processes, including PLC, Motion Control, robotics and Condition Monitoring. All control and drive components are fully scalable in terms of performance and design. Open interfaces in hardware and software ensure continuous communication from the sensor to the cloud. Further advantages include the integrated safety solution and support of common industry standards such as FDA, EHEDG, Weihenstephan standards, OMAC and GPM


    IDTs Covered

    ML and Data Analytics

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors


    Case Study

    https://www.beckhoff.com/en-gb/industries/process-industry/food-industry/

    https://www.beckhoff.com/en-gb/company/news/news-detail_342129.html

    Contact Details:   info@beckhoff.co.uk

  • Centre for Process Innovation 

    Overview

    CPI acts as a catalyst bringing together academia, businesses, government and investors to translate bright ideas and research into the marketplace. We do this by giving our customers access to the right experts, equipment, networks, funding and more – connecting the dots for effective innovation.


    Offering

    At CPI we help companies to develop, prove, prototype and commercialise the next generation of products and processes. We are actively working with companies to enable the manufacture of high volume, low cost, printed and flexible electronic components necessary for industry 4.0 and the internet of things.

    These include smart labels, intelligent ticketing, printed switching, printed sensing, smart packaging and also wireless based applications such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near-Field Communication (NFC). Printable electronics adds another dimension to IoT products: low-cost, flexible electronic circuits that are ultra-thin, and printed sensors which allow collection of a wide range of data. This is then transmitted using wireless communications such as Bluetooth to mobile phones or networks.


    IDTs Covered

    IIOT and Connectivity

    Sensors

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    SecQual - Secure Quality Assured Logistics for Digital Food Ecosystems

    The vision for SecQuAL is a secure, quality assured, digitally enabled food ecosystem that will reduce waste, improve decision-making and provide consumers with confidence in the food they purchase and consume. The next best thing since sliced bread!

    SecQuAL's key objective is to overhaul the food supply chain from farm to fork. SecQuAL addresses current bottlenecks and inefficient paper practises, enables remote regulatory oversight and compliance, provides quality assurance throughout all supply chain links, and enables smart decisions to be made to reduce food waste, reduce carbon emissions as a result of unnecessary transport, and increase consumer confidence in the food purchased and consumed.


    SecQuAL is innovative because it brings technology to the fore to modernise a complete food ecosystem. It will increase the number of digital technology companies providing solutions for manufacturing industries by bringing together an excellent consortium with partners spanning the full food ecosystem introducing digital technologies to modernise current practises.


    SecQuAL will simplify a complex industry.


    Case Study

    New SecQuAL consortium launches with a mission to bring the… | CPI

    Innovate UK funded project

    Met2Food

    As the global population continues to grow apace (by a further 25% to 2050), the demand for food will increase. Traditional agriculture will struggle to fulfil the demands made upon it. Pressure will come not only from the number of people needing to be fed but from other related issues, such as land use change to accommodate more agriculture, increased water use, chemical use, increased eutrophication of water courses, loss of biodiversity and damage to precious topsoils.

    To address this, several approaches which look to change the course of both food (and feed) production and consumer purchasing habits are being explored. One such approach is to use microbial cell factories to produce nutrient-dense, high-quality food/feed ingredients. Microbial food products have the potential to help transform the global food industry away from resource inefficient production, which pollutes and denudes the environment, towards production of highly nutritious food in scalable, fully controlled, contained and monitored, fermentation processes.


    This project will seek to both improve the process efficiency and sustainability of microbial food production and expand the market opportunity by developing new product streams.


    The project will develop novel processes for the production of microbial biomass from sustainable feedstocks. Microbial SCP is naturally high in protein and to increase its value as a food ingredient, processes will be developed to generate a soluble protein isolate fraction for use as a food ingredient, with the insoluble fraction for use as an animal feed ingredient. The soluble protein fraction will be assessed for valuable properties such as gelling, foaming and binding, for replacement of animal-derived proteins in meat-free products. The insoluble fraction will be assessed as an animal feed ingredient for farmed fish and piglets.


    The outcomes of this project will be the development of new processes and technologies to produce novel, nutrient rich, microbially-derived food and animal feed products. The processes developed will be resource efficient, reducing CO2 emissions, with low water and land usage requirements compared to traditional agriculture. The processes will be highly scalable and non-seasonal, using technology that can be deployed anywhere.


    Case Study

    https://www.uk-cpi.com/blog/what-if-we-could-make-food-from-co2

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.uk-cpi.com/about/people

  • Choose Packaging Limited

    Overview

    Based in Edinburgh, CHOOSE aims to minimise plastic pollution by offering plastic-free alternatives to everyday products.

    Our plastic-free, biodegradable bottle doesn't require fossil fuel derived ingredients like that of traditional PET plastic. The bottle is made with completely naturally occurring, sustainable and non-toxic materials. 

    From the beginning, we have been striving for positive change, for this reason we pledge to plant one tree for every bottle we sell. We want to make the simple act of picking up one of our products a choice that helps the environment in more way than one.

    Offering

    We created our bottle to minimise plastic pollution and begin the journey towards zero impact living. The products we offer utilise our patented paper bottle technology - a paper casing lined with a plant-based waterproof PET free liner. All the materials used to make our bottles are 100% natural, sustainable and vegan-friendly which will take less than a year, instead of a few centuries to degrade.      


    IDTs Covered

    Additive Manufacturing

    Immersive Technologies

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    Development and scale-up of the Choose Water recycled paper bottle -the world’s first long-shelf life, plastic-replacement bottle made from 100% biodegradable materials

    Each year the UK throws away over 13bn plastic bottles and 5bn items of plastic-coated paper packaging such as coffee cups, cartons and salad boxes. Although plastic bottles are relatively easy to recycle, UK recycling rates of 45% (WRAP;2018) mean the majority end up in landfill, or worse the ocean.Plastic-coated paper packaging presents a more complicated problem -- despite using 95% recycled materials the high cost associated with separating the materials means 125,000 tonnes going to landfill every year.

    Following 12-months research, we have developed a prototype 500ml bottle made solely out of recycled paper, with unique waterproof lining made out 100% natural, biodegradable materials. The liner represents the holy grail within the packaging industry and the technology has significant potential both in the development of bottles and use in wider packaging for liquids, ready meals and other modified atmosphere packaging- reducing the reliance on plastic and plastic lining for packaging.
    We are currently reliant on multiple third-parties for the design and manufacture of the recycled paper bottle, with the lining, filling and capping taking place manually at our production facility. This is inefficient, not scalable and hinders our ability to undertake further R&D.
    Having demonstrated the potential of the liner and paper casing, we now need to refine the liner and develop the unique hardware machinery needed exploit the market opportunity.
    Internally, the project will;
    Enable us to get to market quickly, demonstrate industrial feasibility (EOIs already received from: Sky, Eurostar) a
    Produce at volume (100p/d - 1,800 p/d) and reduce our cost per bottle from 60p to 14p through automation, down to ~5p at scale - comparable to PET.
    Enable us to undertake further R&D, experimenting with other forms of recycled material packaging (bamboo, wood pulp etc), smaller bottles (down to 50ml - a major source of single-use plastic waste), different structures (ready meal or modified atmosphere trays etc) and act as a platform to develop the unique liner technology.
    More widely, the technology will help the UK reduce its plastic bottle usage by 1mi items by Y5, saving over 140,000 kg in CO2 in line with UK GOVs 'Plastic Pact' 2025 commitment.

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.choosepackaging.co.uk/contactus 

  • Climate Edge Limited

    Overview

    Guide farmers from sowing to harvesting, helping them reduce risk and build livelihoods.Create a fairer and sustainable future for global agriculture.


    Offering

    To make an impact, reaching a farmer isn't enough.
    We've curated a team of passionate developers, scientists, user-experience designers and field agents to help farmers adopt your expertise.

    By working with service providers all over the world, we have developed a deep expertise in understanding what makes services successful.Our user-experience designers continually test and refine digital channels, to communicate insights, to maximise adoption rates and to create the most impact.


    IDTs Covered

    IIOT and Connectivity

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    Improving irrigation management to increase the productivity and livelihoods of smallholder banana growers in the post-conflict region of Magdalena, Colombia

    Improving the agricultural productivity and livelihoods for banana producers in the Magdalena Department (region) of Colombia is a national economic priority. Through implementation of a suite of innovative remote and ground based environmental data collection techniques to increase the efficacy of existing management approaches, coupled with introduction of novel management options for smallholders and producer organisations, this project constitutes a late-stage case study to demonstrate the agronomic and socio-economic benefits of using novel EO observation and weather station sampling methodologies to improve the financial returns for the Colombian banana association ASBAMA, and exporter Tecbaco. Specifically, this project will seek to improve the cost-benefit of existing irrigation scheduling advice provided to producers by Tecbaco, with a view to improving and extending this advice at low cost to smallholder and female banana producers who belong to the ASBAMA network. The project will also provide prospecting support to Tecbaco to help the business evaluate the technical feasibility for establishing new production sites in the Santa Marta region to increase export revenues from bananas and other high-value agricultural produce. These are intended to represent two exemplars of how greater and smarter access to low-cost environmental data can be beneficially used by businesses to increase profits for agricultural producers in low-income nations, and areas exposed to instability through recent conflict. This project specifically focuses on the Colombian banana export market; however, the technologies being implemented could bereadily extended and commercially applied to other regions and crops in the future.


    Case Study

    https://www.climate-edge.com/customer-stories/cranfield-university.html

     

    Contact Details 

     

    https://www.climate-edge.com/contact.html

  • DCI Group

    Overview

    DCI Group is an award-winning refrigeration, air-conditioning, ventilation and electrical contractor. An industry leader in the south of England, DCI is at the forefront of designing, building and maintaining innovative temperature control solutions for clients throughout the UK.


    Offering

    With over 25 years of expertise and experience DCI helps a wide range of businesses achieve cost savings and improved environmental responsibility – from supermarkets, cold storage distribution and office blocks to plant nurseries and wine cellars.

    The company’s extensive team of directly employed reactive service & maintenance engineers provides fast, efficient repairs to the most valued assets within clients’ estates, giving them the peace of mind to focus on their core business while staying cool about their systems, whatever the climate.

    In addition, DCI’s electrical division provides installation and testing services as well as LED lighting solutions to deliver further significant reductions in both running costs and carbon emissions.


    IDTs Covered

    Engineering

    Manufacturing


    Case Study

    https://www.dcigroup.uk.com/2019/11/refrigeration-and-hvac-for-midcounties-co-op-bletchingdon/


    https://www.dcigroup.uk.com/2018/03/quattro-foods-electrical-case-study/



     

  • Dext Heat Recovery

    Overview

    Dext Heat Recovery was created in 2009. Since then the team has grown to comprise mechanical engineers with an innovative approach to waste heat recovery. This combination of innovative thinking people from different mechanical engineering heritages allows us to offer a complete design process for heat recovery technology.  Our approach has always been to push the boundaries on current technology to deliver solutions and to create new technology.


    Offering

    We aim to build long term relationships with our clients to provide them with innovative heat recovery design and engineering solutions. Our approach is to push the boundaries on current technology to deliver solutions and to create new technology to overcome design problems.

    Part of our approach has been teaming up with Materials & Engineering Research Institute where a partnership between the Dext team and academics collectively delivers and achieves advancement in reach and development.


    IDTs Covered

    Engineering

    Innovate UK Project

    Advanced heat recovery systems for the food manufacturing industry, DEXT

    Dext heat recovery (DHR) specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of bespoke heat recovery systems, which enable their clients to significantly reduce energy costs and improve their profitability, environmental impact, and security of supply chain. Exhaust gases from industrial food manufacture can be dirty, corrosive, and contain particles that will build-up and coat the surfaces of heat recovery systems. In this type of application traditional heat recovery heat exchangers can easily become clogged or damaged. DEXT have succeeded in bringing a product to market for which is used with great success in commercial kitchens. This project is focused on developing the innovations to extend their heat recovery systems for application in the food manufacturing industry, working with the supply-chain and end-users to enable the food industry to benefit from the advantages this brings.

     

    Contact Details 

    info@dextheatrecovery.com

  • Foss

    Overview

    FOSS creates end-to-end solutions that secure and improve food quality. From raw material to finished product. Our analysis instruments refine measurements into information management that enables businesses to run intelligent data-driven productions with less waste and bigger yields. Controlling cost and quality across all sectors and value chains, we help food and agricultural producers limit the number of human errors, scale their business faster and reduce manual labour as well as labour costs. We call it analytics beyond measure.


    Offering

    We cover these food and agricultural industries: Dairy, Feed and Forage, Grain, Flour Milling & Oilseed Processing, Laboratories, Meat, Raw Milk Testing and Wine.

    Over the last 60 years, we have made it our business to define the standard of analytical solutions for the food and agricultural industry. We pioneered advanced analysis for the challenging production environments in the 1960’s, and we were the first to integrate chemical composition analysis in process lines. Now our resolve and ambition have also made us the international benchmark in the field of chemometrics and real time analytics.

    FOSS Digital Services can help you reduce your production costs and secure the quality of your products regardless of where they are produced. FOSS Digital Services will ensure you have peace of mind knowing that your data is backed-up and protected for whenever you need it.

    IDTs Covered

    Manufacturing

    Digital Analytics


    Case Study

    https://www.fossanalytics.com/en-gb/news-articles/newsforum/global/2020/beerfoss-ft-go-press-release




     

    Contact Details 

    Phone: +44 (0) 1925 287700

    E-mail: info@foss.co.uk

  • Grundfos 

    Overview

    Grundfos is one of the world’s leading water technology companies. We are committed to pioneering solutions to the world’s water and climate challenges and improving the quality of life for people.


    Offering

    Innovation has always been a driving force behind Grundfos’ success, and the pioneering spirit has dominated our professional soul from the very start back in 1945. Today innovation remains more important than ever for taking us into the future and delivering on our purpose: "We pioneer solutions to the world's water and climate challenges and improve quality of life for people"


    Case Study


    https://www.grundfos.com/stories

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.grundfos.com/contact?tab=sales

  • Harting Technology Group

    Overview

    The HARTING Technology Group is skilled in the fields of electrical, electronic and optical connection, transmission and networking.


    Offering

    Machines and interfaces for the packaging and food industry must be resistant to water, dust and aggressive environmental impacts. We offer a broad portfolio of solutions for the transmission of power, signal and data specifically in such environments - solutions that fit your requirements exactly, be it a product combination or a pre-assembled solution.


    IDTs Covered


    Additive Manufacturing

    Immersive Technologies

    Robotics and Automation

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.harting.com/UK/en-gb/form/contact

  • iQluster Limited 

    Overview

    iQluster connects your network members and provides value-added services to drive engagement and generate real-time network intelligence

    As an industry network, you’re always looking for ways to improve cluster competitiveness and generate greater value to your members.

    A dynamic clustering platform that powers industry networks, and connects cluster members, iQluster effortlessly captures intelligence, and promotes collaboration to increase competitiveness.

    Offering

    Your members are at the heart of your activities; whether it’s creating opportunities for growth, educating them about market developments, or upskilling employees.

    But how are you bringing these opportunities to members?

    Also, how are you engaging companies to collaborate on the opportunities you provide them?

    iQluster streamlines communication throughout your cluster; providing a digital platform to deliver opportunities to members, and for members to form collaborative partnerships. 


    IDTs Covered

    IIOT and Connectivity

    Innovate UK Project

    Food Intelligent Trading Ecosystem (FITE)

    Covid-19 is significantly disrupting food supply chains across all sectors:* stockpiling impact on food supply chains
    * operational pressures due to extreme peaks (on-line supermarkets) or troughs of demand (local food markets)
    * lockdown impact on food manufacturing workforce capacity
    * acute cashflow challenges on food manufacturing SME sub-tiers
    To prevent disruption to these important supply chains it is critical that Government and Industry bodies as well as primes / supermarket chains can visualise potential future risks and mitigate accordingly.
    However, multi-tier visibility and collaboration is minimal, (especially for SMEs) mainly due to a lack of supply chain intelligence and digital technologies that simplify how companies can find each other, engage (especially during lockdown) and start trading.
    This project will mitigate these immediate Covid-19 related challenges by deploying our supply chain intelligence and collaboration platform, and building on successful supply chain mapping pilots for BEIS, Made Smarter and Sheffield LEP, and supply chain clustering pilots with the MTC, West of England Aerospace Forum and North East Automotive Alliance.
    FITE will combine big data analytics and machine learning with social networking and e-commerce technology to establish intelligent and collaborative ecosystems for food manufacturing in the UK.
    UK citizens will experience less disruption as improved visibility will enable proactive mitigation actions.
    Food manufacturing SMEs will be able to raise their profiles.
    Government can view consolidated data to support food supply chain policy decisions

     

    Contact Details 

    https://iqluster.com/

  • JJA Pack 

    Overview

    We’re a company with a worldwide reputation within the Food & Beverage industry that we serve. We supply bespoke process systems, as well as maintenance and servicing of existing equipment from various suppliers.

    With over 20 years of industry experience, we provide reliable, high quality machinery that you can rely on.


    Offering

    We design, produce, and deliver world class liquid filling and chocolate handling equipment to solve your process problems and to streamline your process.

    JJA Pack can help you in most aspects of electrical engineering including control system design, preliminary load calculations, system layout and control system architecture.

    Automating processes have been at the core of our business for many years now, from simple bottle filling machines to an entire production line. The engineers at JJA Pack have the experience and knowledge to help you achieve your goals.

    Our in-house control panel building department not only manufacture panels for our filling machines and chocolate tanks but also subcontract build for other OEM’s.

    As part of the design consultancy the engineers will provide installation and commissioning documentation for the installation team to work to.

    Typically, the installation will consist of containment, panel fitting, cable routing, terminations, inspection, testing and handover to the commissioning engineers.


    IDTs Covered

    Manufacturing

    Engineering

    Automation

    Contact Details 

    Tel: 01226 715380
    Email: sales@jjapack.co.uk

  • Koolmill Systems Limited

    Overview

    Koolmill are an expanding, diverse and international team made up of experienced senior staff, non-executive directors and innovative driven engineers. As a growing SME company with a flat structure, we can adapt and pivot rapidly to respond to events and opportunities.

    Offering

    Koolmill technology leads the world in delivering a modern, ultra-low power, simplified and sustainable approach to cereal milling. Our vision is to transform a globally significant industry, move it to a sustainable future and lift millions from poverty.

    ​Many people live daily with food and fuel poverty and for 3.3 billion people, rice is life. Traditional rice milling is both wasteful and power hungry. Koolmill has developed a truly innovative milling process, a radical superefficient displacement technology that will make a positive impact on the lives of many.

    Koolmill is a step change that delivers power savings of up to 90% and maximises the return of food from a valuable resource by avoiding wasted rice and power. The low power simpler Koolmill process brings, for the first time, potentially zero emission state of the art milling to all millers regardless of size and location.

    IDTs Covered

     

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    Efficient Husking of cereals to improve Bran Purity, value and utilisation

    Koolmill and the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE) collaborated to develop an improved rice milling system and valorise the by-products of rice milling (102755/105862). Specifically, these projects target SME millers in Rural communities: the objective is to create and retain added value in rural communities transforming smallholder growers/SME Millers, from low value commodity producers to market leading added value food processors.

    Traditional rice milling comprises two processes: husking and bran removal. Husking is achieved by passing the paddy (raw rice) between two rotating rubber rolls being pushed together under pressure. Think old-style mangle for squeezing water from washing: that's a 'modern' husker. Bran is 'milled' from the brown rice in multiple processes (typically up to 5) producing finished white rice.

    The two processes are fundamentally different. Husking is a 'one-shot' operation to remove the fibrous husk and bran removal is a gradual process through multiple contacts within the milling chambers of abrasive or frictional machines.

    Traditional huskers are a pain for millers, requiring regular maintenance and repair. Husking rolls have a relatively short life at around 24 hours. Setting huskers is a compromise between husking efficiency and broken brown rice. Higher closing pressures increase the husking efficiency but result in higher levels of broken rice. Reducing closing pressures reduces broken rice but with poor husking efficiency.

    102755/105862 improved bran milling performance, increasing the power saving from 80% to over 90% and milling chamber capacity from 60 to 150kg/hr/chamber. Milling from brown to white, the bran removed is pure, very fine and will generate significant new revenue streams for rice millers. This value is dependent on the purity of the bran.

    Koolmill has previously demonstrated the capability of coated abrasives to be an effective husking medium. The loss in capacity from paddy to white compared to brown to white milling was only 4%, with a relatively high husking efficiency, over 80% power savings and reducing white broken rice from 30% to less than 5%.

    The downside of this increased bran milling performance is a reduction in husking efficiency, and the combination of husk and bran discharged together reducing the purity and potential value of the bran. With over 75 million tonnes of rice bran produced the opportunity is to take bran from a low-value waste, used for oil extraction and animal feed, to a valuable and nutritional beneficial human food ingredient.

    There are many nutrition bioactives stored naturally within cereal brans including a range of biotechnology approaches for improving fibre, phytosterols, polyphenols, phenolic acids, antioxidants. These can be enhanced or made more bio-available through secondary processing.

    Realising that value is dependent on fine clean bran driving the need for a separate husker. The industry is ready for new more efficient husking option and this would confirm Koolmill and NCEFE as global thought leaders in cereal milling, offering a unique ultra-low power paddy to white milling solution set to transform a global market projected to purchase $4 billion of rice milling equipment over the next 5-years.

    Case Study

    https://www.koolmill.com/efficient-husking

     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.koolmill.com/

  • Olympus Automation Limited 

    Overview

    An innovative family business, our success is underpinned by our founder, Harry Norman’s passion for technology and enthusiasm for change. We’re using automation and robotics to shake up the food industry and improve how our food is made.

    Offering

    With our digital developments at both ends of the production line, we’re getting closer to a lights out food factory - bringing safety, profitability and environmental benefits across the board. And with the cost of robotics and automation falling, we can’t wait to see how we can change the food industry for the better together.

    IDTs Covered

    ML and Data Analytics

    Robotics and Automation

    Sensors

    Innovate UK Project

    Advanced Mixing and Cooking Technology (AMACT)

    The innovative new “PDX” patented steam injection technology offers a major opportunity for revolutionary advances in food processing. It has already made an initial impact through salt and fat reduction and faster more efficient processing, but this has been achieved without full scientific understanding, largely by trial and error. Olympus Automation Ltd, together with its leading academic and industry partners, plan to realise the following objectives through this project: i) To gain a full scientific understanding of the operating envelope of the technology and to optimise its operation based on the ingredients or type of ingredients used to gain nutritional advantage, e.g. salt and fat reduction, and to minimise production time; ii) Research and develop methodology that identifies the parameters that drive key product characteristics and resultant nutritional impact; iii) Use knowledge gained to rank existing products in terms of potential nutritional benefits and monetary savings; iv) Use knowledge gained to model and develop a new generation of products and processes to unlock exciting new food opportunities not possible utilising current food process technologies

    Case Study

    https://www.oalgroup.com/case-study/major-dry-materials-handling-project-increase-production-capacity-at-large-doughnut-manufacturer

     

    Contact Details: sales@oalgroup.com

  • Omron

    Overview

    Food & drink manufacturing is a core strategic focus here at Omron. We have a dedicated team of professionals working collaboratively with customers to improve competitiveness, globalisation, product diversification, supply-chain traceability and needs-orientated production.


    Offering

    Information management

    Ensuring a production facility runs at optimum capacity and quality levels requires a lot of information. At line level, data must be gathered in real time from multiple devices onto one platform, and directly communicated to the manufacturer’s information network, thereby saving additional hardware costs and complexity. Our Sysmac controller delivers plant wide monitoring and control capabilities, and with in-built database functionality provides a secure, robust and easy to implement system

    Robotic product handling

    Robots are playing an ever increasingly important role in the Food and Beverage sector. They provide a safer, more flexible, efficient and hygienic solution to a growing number of diverse projects. Our solution is based on our Sysmac automation platform, offering Delta type robots that are integrated into the hardware and software environments, along with vision, safety and motion. This significantly reduces design, build and commissioning tasks and hence costs


    IDTs Covered

    Robotics and Automation


    Case Study

    https://assets.omron.eu/downloads/brochure/en/v6/food_beverage_manufacturing_brochure_en.pdf

     

    Contact Details: 

    https://industrial.omron.co.uk/en/contact/omron#GB

  • PragmatIC Semiconductor 

    Overview

    PragmatIC Semiconductor is a world leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics. 


    Offering

    Our flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) are thinner than a human hair and can be invisibly embedded in objects, enabling innovators to create novel solutions to everyday problems that are not practical with conventional electronics.

    Designers can create their own application-specific flexible devices using our FlexIC Foundry® service at a fraction of the cost and time required for traditional silicon circuits, opening up multiple new markets.


    We also offer standard FlexIC products: our ConnectIC® family extends proven applications such as RFID and NFC into mass market use cases, enabling the potential for trillions of smart objects that can engage with consumers and their environments.


    All FlexICs are manufactured on our revolutionary FlexLogIC® production system, a highly scalable manufacturing model for cost-effective high-volume production, achieved with orders of magnitude lower capital investment and operating cost compared to a traditional silicon IC fab.


    Our novel, differentiated technology is being adopted by a growing base of global companies across diverse markets, including consumer goods, retail, healthcare, pharmaceutical, gaming and security.


    IDTs Covered

    Additive Manufacturing

    Immersive Technologies

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project 

    SORT-IT: Increase plastic food and drink packaging recycling rates for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Deposit Return Schemes (DRS)

    "Food and Drink (F&D) packaging manufacturers struggle to secure enough high-quality affordable recyclate to meet statutory targets for recycled content, and mass re-use schemes are not feasible with existing technologies. Manufacturers who fail to reduce environmental impact face major financial penalties and delisting by buyers. 

    The current F&D packaging supply-chain is well connected and tracked from feedstock to retailer outlets due to the need for food safety and stock control. However, beyond the retailer, the packaging supply-chain through the consumer, waste collection, recovery and recycling is very limited. Many challenges exist in separating recyclable, non-recyclables, compostables, and contaminates in F&D waste streams.

    This SORT-IT feasibility-study would analyse and evaluate the feasibility of digitalisation and intelligent automation in the F&D packaging supply-chain for waste-management through tagging technology to facilitate the tracking and sorting of packaging waste. 

    Our vision is that, following later industrial-research, SORT-IT would increase the environmental and economic sustainability of the F&D packaging manufacturing supply-chain, by enabling transition to a circular economy, dramatically increasing recycling rates for food-grade plastics, and enabling packaging re-use. 

    Implementing tagging technology should enable:

    • Increased rate of recycling and output of high-quality feedstock (including food-grade plastic) from waste.
    • Re-use.
    • Brand-owners to track packaging and recycling rates for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
    • Low-cost Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) linked to consumer accounts through reverse vending machines and identification at materials recovery facilities (MRFs).
    • Greater consumer engagement with brands through transparency of green credentials.

    Reduction of plastics going to landfill or entering land or aquatic environments.

    The research would build on the unique technology for the manufacture of low-cost electronics in very high volumes (billions p.a.) by PragmatIC and link with the growing technologies of collaborative automation, Industry 4.0 and machine learning to tag and track packaging with unique identifiers. 

    The tags would provide individual items with unique identifiers readable by RFID and NFC equipment, including smartphones; information would be exchanged via internet-enabled systems to cloud storage to facilitate supply-chain tracking and consumer engagement. 

    This feasibility-study would be led by PragmatIC working with Sheffield University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC-Cymru) guided by an Industrial Advisory Board. “


    Case Study

    https://www.pragmaticsemi.com/news/pragmatic-semiconductor-leads-project-to-increase-the-value-of-plastic-waste



     

    Contact Details 

    https://www.pragmaticsemi.com/contact

  • Quality Service Solutions

    Overview

    Quality Systems Solutions specialise in supplying best in class inspection and packaging machinery that helps to safeguard product quality within the food manufacturing, confectionery, pharmaceutical, hardware and other industries.

    The team – which has over 100 years’ combined experience in the weighing and packaging sector – appreciates and understands the challenges faced by their customers and uses their expertise to supply them with machinery which is the perfect fit for their production line.


    Offering

    From simple bench scales and weighing equipment, single machines to full turnkey solutions and entire production lines, Quality Systems Solutions offer a comprehensive range of high-quality packing machines and equipment to ensure that product quality is maintained and compliance with industry is achieved.

     

    Contact Details 

    hello@qssltd.com

    01302 726000

  • Spirax Sarco 

    Overview

    Steam can heat or sterilise almost any industrial process. That’s why it’s often the first choice in so many applications around the world. From food producing to oil refining, beer making, and drug manufacturing companies, Steam is well known for delivering safe, sustainable and efficient energy.


    Offering

    Blanching, peeling, cooking, coating, distillation, evaporation, pasteurisation, dehydration, extrusion, shrink wrapping - steam plays a part in a large number of food processes, from preparation and processing to preservation and packaging.

    Few familiar food brands reach the consumer without steam playing some part in their manufacture.

    Our engineers are uniquely able to combine our products with a working knowledge of production processes and industry standards to help food producers and OEMs in the following areas: 

    • Higher production capacities
    • Process reliability and downtime
    • Improving product quality; reducing scrap
    • Reducing energy consumption
    • Energy recovery

    Regulatory compliance and health and safety e.g. 3-A, EHEDG, FDA, EC hygiene

    IDTs Covered

    Manufacturing

    Engineering


    Case Study

    https://www.spiraxsarco.com/global/en-GB/case-studies/drink-ingredients-manufacturer

     

    Contact Details 

    Tel: +44 1242 521361

    web.enquiries@uk.spiraxsarco.com

  • Food for thought 

    Overview

    Trusted, driven by industry experts who bring a fresh approach to consultancy.  We help you solve your most complex problems by driving positive change through a seamless fusion of strategy, transformation and innovation.


    Offering

    We are trusted, results-driven industry experts, who can bring insight and innovation to help you achieve your business goals faster and ahead of your competition. Our careers have been founded in the UK fresh food industry and we have years of practical, hands-on experience, so you can be confident that we are conditioned to the pace & pressures of the job.

    Ultimately, we turn your problems and frustrations into opportunities and solutions. We are here to give you… Food For Thought!

    As an extension of your team, we provide high-calibre skills and expertise exactly when you need it most, bringing a fresh perspective and energy to your projects. We help solve the most complex problems by driving positive change through a seamless fusion of strategy, transformation & innovation.


    IDTs Covered

    IIOT and Connectivity

    IT and Automation

    Manufacturing Made Smarter Project

    Coldchain 4.0 Feasibility Study

    This project aims to undertake a feasibility study into the improved use of digital technology, robotics, and automation to improve food traceability and increase the capacity and utilisation of cold store infrastructure in the UK.

    Covid-19 has placed tremendous pressure on the cold chain and has exposed limitations on the UKs capacity and capability to store food supplies during a crisis. The supply chain is fragmented, with many organisations involved and virtually no common digital infrastructure in place. Uptake of digital technology, automation and robotics has been slow to date resulting in low value manual processes and bottlenecks in the food supply chain, with businesses operating with high labour costs and low productivity in a market with growing labour availability issues.


    This project proposes to support all stakeholders in the cold chain, by undertaking a feasibility study into the development of a cloud-based digitally enabled supply chain that integrates processors, coldstores, and end customers with an end-to-end fully traceability, optimised, real-time inventory management platform.


    If successful, this project will lead to further work to research the development of a nation-wide solution that will aim to deliver a single digital supply chain for the UK food industry.

    Contact Details 

    https://www.foodforthought.global/team-members/

  • Food Innovation Solutions

    Overview

    FIS is a creative consultancy of innovation strategists, development chefs, product developers and researchers working from our state-of-the-art development kitchen in London.

    Offering

    Bespoke, End-to-End Product Design and Development

    Bring your ideas to life and ensure a successful product launch when you choose FIS. We’ll transform your concepts into creations that gain momentum within your target market.

    Accelerate Your Product Development Processes While Maximising Impact and Profitability

    At FIS, we’re known for our fresh and exciting ideas, especially within the food and beverage industry. We’ve worked with leading brands to create all kinds of consumer goods and retail products, from Wagamama’s “grab and go” food offering to Hillfarm’s cold-pressed rapeseed oil.

    We’re able to develop a huge range of different products. And when you choose us, product development becomes a faster and more cost-effective process.

    You’ll also gain access to a wider sweep of skills than if you kept things in-house. We have access to a range of specialists who can help to fine-tune your positioning and create the best version of your product.

    With us, you’ll benefit from a thorough and thoughtful development process. But despite our in-depth approach, we’re able to develop products with speed.

    We’ll make sure your product hits the market as quickly as possible and gets the attention it deserves when it does.

    Innovate UK Project

    Transforming wet perishable food waste streams for high value human consumption

    The processing of food materials for the consumer market results a variety of surplus or waste streams, which currently have low value uses, for example for animal feed, or for anaerobic digestion. The project will focus on the innovative recovery and transformation of wet perishable process streams, such as peel, stalk, grain, and fruit waste, into higher value functional and textural ingredients for incorporation into food products. Outcomes will demonstrate exploitation rather than simple management of food waste, of strategic importance for security of food supply, also delivering direct commercial benefit. Technological solutions will be developed for stabilisation and manipulation of biproduct materials from key selected feedstocks, supported by a consortium with synergistic skills, representing the full supply chain.  Investigations will involve innovative coupling of process steps and novel combination of transformed materials from different sources.

     

    Contact Details 

    https://foodinnovationsolutions.com/contact-us/

  • Scottish Enterprise

    Overview

    Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's national economic development agency and a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government. To deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy, we work with partners in the public and private sectors to find and exploit the best opportunities.  We run the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) working intensively with businesses across all sectors and of all sizes in Scotland, from Shetland to the Borders, across the whole manufacturing supply chain.


    Offering

    Technology, automation and global supply chain opportunities mean the business world is changing fast. To maintain future competitiveness, it’s increasingly vital you engage your entire workforce in supporting innovation and the adoption of new processes and technology.

    We can help your manufacturing business plot a course to take advantage of new opportunities, such as efficiency and cost saving measures, that will increase productivity and boost competitiveness.

    Business innovation – product and service development support

    Innovating means introducing new ideas and ways of working that drive efficiency, productivity and growth for your business. Whether you’re looking to adopt new tools and processes, secure your intellectual assets, transform the workplace, or access finance, networks and digital solutions – we can help.

    Contact Details: 

    https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/contact-us