In partnership with ABB ( and the University of Lincoln, OAL Group ( presents the second Food Manufacturing 2030 Conference. The event brings together retailers, manufacturers, and robotic and automation experts to discuss, debate and demonstrate the industry's future surrounded by the very latest in technological, robotic and automation advances transforming food handling and processing.

The event will take place on the May 23, 2018 at the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach, a facility dedicated to helping the food manufacturing industry and home to a number of OAL’s research and development projects.

Attendees will discovery how OAL’s APRIL Robotics technologies, such as their robotic cooking cell and newly launched robotic weighing, are challenging paradigms and changing the way the packaging industry handles and processes raw materials. These technologies will be demonstrated live throughout the event. The company will showcase their other technologies in the ‘brought back by popular demand’ group breakout sessions, which will dive deeply into key technology trends shaping our industry including AI and deep learning, collaborative robotics, big data production analysis and ingredient handling solutions.

Expert industry thought-leaders will also be on hand, including Andy Riches, operations project director from Billington Group, a major retailer; and Steve Sanders, manufacturing director from JPS, whose manufacturing facility has been transformed due to the switch to a more automated factory. They will provide an insight into how the food industry needs to change by the year 2030, and encourage discussion and debate as we shape the future of our industry.

More industry-expert guest speakers will be announced soon.

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