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FEATURE Food & Beverage


If you can’t stand the heat…


At the start of 2018, the BBC reported that the UK’s manufacturing output was at its highest rate for ten years. This increase can largely be attributed to the UK’s recovery from the global economic crisis and its uptake of automation technology. However, while the food and beverage industry has been slower than other sectors to embrace automation technology, this doesn’t have to be the case. Here, Stephen Hayes, managing director of industrial PC provider, Beckhoff Automation UK, explains how automation tools like PC-based control systems will help food manufacturers keep up with their competition





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CONTACT: Beckhoff Automation Web: www.beckhoff.co.uk No ifs, no buts with new bakery tech


competitors to land the order with the bakery, thanks to key benefits, including ease of operation, high speeds and flexibility, compared to rival solutions. Offering fast access to market


F


amily-run business, Butt Foods, chose GEA’s new


PowerPak Plus thermoformer for wrapping naan breads at its Nottingham facility, and is delighted that having the latest thermorforming technology is proving a major advantage for the company, as it seeks new markets for its range of hand- finished, frozen sweet and savoury products. Butt Foods is passionate about developing high quality, innovative products that meet specific market needs, and has its corporate finger constantly on the pulse of trends in foodservice and bakery. GEA, a specialist in food


processing and packaging machinery, saw off three


and long shelf life, whilst significantly reducing the impact of film waste by up to 75 per cent in the packaging process, the PowerPak Plus’s design can also help food manufacturers shorten set-up and changeover times. Danesh Butt, managing


director of Butt Foods, says: “The equipment was a significant milestone for Butt Foods as we are an SME, and this was our most important purchase to date. GEA made several site visits before successful installation of the line, and all trials have been perfect! GEA delivered on its promises, the system is performing to every expectation and the GEA team has demonstrated nothing but professionalism, support and commitment since we first connected.”


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