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OAL - Olympus Automation Ltd.

A1 Parkway, PE2 6YN Peterborough
United Kingdom

Telephone +44 1733 394700
sales@oalgroup.com

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 5 / B28
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interpack 2017 hall map (Hall 5): stand B28

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interpack 2017 fairground map: Hall 5

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Jake Norman

Innovation & Marketing

Phone
+44 1733 394 700

Email
sales@oalgroup.com

Wayne Johnson

OAL Autocoding Manager

Harry Norman

Owner / Managing Director

Chris Brooks

Development Chef

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Hall 5 / B28

04.05.2017

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APRIL the Robotic Chef Signs Autographs

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 04  Machines and equipment for the production of bakery products, snacks and cereals (including biscuits, waffles, etc.)
  • 04.04  Storage, logistics and transport equipment for the production of baked goods, snacks and cerials (including biscuits, waffles, etc.)
  • 04.04.02  Feeding systems for the production of baked goods, snacks and cerials

Feeding systems for the production of baked goods, snacks and cerials

  • 05  Machines and equipment for the processing of other food products (e.g. coffee processing, production of ice cream, etc.)
  • 05.01  Complete lines for the processing of other food products (no confectionery and bakery machines)

Complete lines for the processing of other food products (no confectionery and bakery machines)

  • 05  Machines and equipment for the processing of other food products (e.g. coffee processing, production of ice cream, etc.)
  • 05.02  Single machines /equipment for the the processing of other food products (no confectionery and bakery machines)

Single machines /equipment for the the processing of other food products (no confectionery and bakery machines)

  • 05  Machines and equipment for the processing of other food products (e.g. coffee processing, production of ice cream, etc.)
  • 05.03  Operating and auxiliary equipment for the the processing of other food products (no confectionery and bakery machines)

Operating and auxiliary equipment for the the processing of other food products (no confectionery and bakery machines)

  • 06  Machines and equipment for the production of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics
  • 06.04  Storage, logistics and transport equipment for the production of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products
  • 06.04.03  Product and material handling

Product and material handling

  • 07  Services
  • 07.01  Business support
  • 07.01.13  Software solutions for the manufacturing and packaging process

Software solutions for the manufacturing and packaging process

Our products

Product category: Complete lines for the processing of other food products (no confectionery and bakery machines), Feeding systems for the production of baked goods, snacks and cerials, Single machines /equipment for the the processing of other food products (no confectionery and bakery machines), Product and material handling

APRIL Robotic Chef

APRIL (Automated Processing Robotic Ingredient Loading) is a robotic chef that puts robots at the heart of food manufacturing. On our stand we'll be demonstrating a Kuka collaborative robot.

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Product category: Software solutions for the manufacturing and packaging process

OAL Connected

All in one software for food manufacturing safety, traceability, performance, productivity, recipe management, packaging & date security and ERP validation with OAL Connected.

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Product category: Software solutions for the manufacturing and packaging process

OAL Autocoding

OAL Autocoding is a label and date code verification system for positively securing food packaging and date codes. Timed, additional operator checks capture live, date stamped images of running products provide a full audit trail for retailers. Any error quickly stops the line, alerts the team and demands supervisory intervention.

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Product category: Single machines /equipment for the the processing of other food products (no confectionery and bakery machines)

Steam Infusion

How would you heat 1000 Kg of particulate product from 15 to 900C in 5 minutes with no burn on or particulate damage? The answer is steam infusion, which can directly replace any application with traditional steam injectors. The steam infusion technology allows up to 6 Bar of steam to be introduced into a cooking vessel at up to 1500 Kg/Hr!

The patented Steam Infusion Vaction technology is a disruptive device that sits within a cooking vessel and uses steam as the motive force to uniquely heat and mix food products.

Research by the University of Lincoln under a £1million Innovate UK project has scientifically proven the technologies ability to: 
  • Eliminate burn on and Maillard reactions.
  • Reduce fat in dairy products by up to 20%.
  • Create a creamier mouthfeel.
  • Halve cooking and cleaning times.
  • Reduce energy consumption by 15%.

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Our trade marks

APRIL Robotic Chef

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Apr 27, 2017

Does your cooking process need turbocharging? Try Steam Infusion

How would you heat 1000 Kg of particulate product from 15 to 900C in 5 minutes with no burn on or particulate damage? The answer is steam infusion, which can directly replace any application with traditional steam injectors. The steam infusion technology allows up to 6 Bar of steam to be introduced into a cooking vessel at up to 1500 Kg/Hr!

OAL have been concentrating on the UK markets to fully prove the steam infusion technology on a wide range of soups, sauces and ready meal products and are now looking for integrators to deploy the technology throughout the world rapidly. With the ability to either retrofit or integrate into new equipment authorised integrators can capitalise on market-specific applications to create uniqueness in their product offering. With lifetime guarantees and excellent support, integrators can be reassured in dealing with OAL; a company supplying the food industry for 25 years.

The patented Steam Infusion Vaction™ technology is a disruptive device that sit within a cooking vessel and uses steam as the motive force to uniquely heat and mix food products. The development of the technology spans 15 years and OAL have recently led a £1 million research program with major manufacturers and Universities to map the technology:

·        Eliminate burn on and Maillard reactions.

·        Reduce fat in dairy products by up to 20%.

·        Create a creamier mouthfeel.

·        Typically halve cooking and cleaning times.

·        Reduce energy consumption by up to 15%.

·        Match existing

With adoption rates now exceeding 58% across UK chilled food manufacturers, Steam Infusion is proving to be the heating method of choice due to the advantages of improved taste and healthier food products. Certain applications including béchamel sauce, cheese sauce, Bolognese and porridge are in its processing hot spot due to the lack of burn on contamination. The robust technology is now used globally to make over 200,000 tonnes of product per hour. Janet Prescott, Manufacturing Manager, Bakkavor (UK) explains:

“The Steam Infusion system is very fast and has reduced our cooking energy consumption by 15%. It’s a quality piece of equipment that’s definitely “cook proof”.”

The Steam Infusion Vaction kit includes everything needed for system integrators to retrofit Steam Infusion to existing cooking vessels successfully. The kit includes the patented Vaction 47 In-Tank unit, steam lance, mounting arrangement, control modules and engineering support.  

OAL’s System Integrator program is designed to educate and produce qualified partners who can help solve production challenges by advising on and delivering the best solution with the lowest amount of risk. Supported by OAL's engineering and product development teams ensures trouble-free integration of Steam Infusion into your cooking processes.

If you would like to offer Steam Infusion to your customers please either visit us at Interpack in Hall 5 on Stand B28 or get in touch via our website http://steaminfusion.oalgroup.com/ or email sales@oalgroup.com

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Apr 25, 2017

Connect and Automate at Interpack 2017 with OAL

Experience how you can integrate and automate your factory to protect your brand with OAL Connected at Interpack 2017, Dϋsseldorf, Hall 5, Stand B28.

The all in one software package helps food manufacturers get more from their factories by improving safety, monitoring performance and productivity, protecting packaging and date codes and providing traceability, ERP validation and recipe management. OAL Connected supplies manufacturers full mobile visibility and control of all areas of the production process from the validation of raw materials to the finished goods.

At OAL’s stand (Hall 5, Stand B28), you can take OAL Connected for a spin and learn how you can start your journey towards a more productive, paperless shop floor. Members of the OAL Connected team will be on board to guide you through a hands-on demonstration of the software so you can experience the benefits of adopting automation and future-proofing your brand and your factory with OAL Connected.

The proven software is already securing brands, label and date codes on over 1,000 packaging lines at a number of major manufacturers including Bakkavor, Heinz and Greencore.

Robert Sandman, Engineering Manager at Heinz explains why he chose OAL and their software OAL Connected.

“Heinz chose the OAL Group Autocoding system because they were the only suppliers we reviewed to offer 100% read rates on products. The integrated quality checks on the Autocoding system and ability to offer 24 hour support have added significant value to the business.”

If you are attending Interpack 2017 and would like to know more about OAL Connected, set-up an appointment with one of OAL’s professionals at www.oalgroup.com. If you aren’t attending Interpack, you will also find details about how to get in touch.

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Apr 25, 2017

Rethinking Food Preparation with Collaborative Robotics Research

The days of labour intensive industrial food preparation could be numbered with the launch of an Innovate UK project focused on robotics in food manufacturing. OAL (Olympus Automation Ltd.) and the University of Lincoln, UK, have been awarded £448,850 to develop innovative APRIL™ robotics material handling systems for food manufacturers.

The new project aims to enable a step-change in the adoption of robotics and automation to enhance productivity in the food and drink industry, the UK's largest manufacturing sector. It will be led by engineers from OAL in partnership with the University of Lincoln.

The new one-year project, which is supported by a grant of £448,850 from the UK Government via Innovate UK and the EPSRC's Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) research fund, will focus on automating the processes of handling, weighing and transporting the raw ingredients. It will also make strides in developing key hygiene and food safety features which will be crucial when using robotic production systems within the food manufacturing sector.

OAL’s latest system, the APRIL™ Weighing Station, an automated dry weighing system will launch at Interpack 2017. You can learn more and get APRIL to sign you an autograph on Stand B28 in Hall 5 at the show running from 4th to 10th May in Dusseldorf.

Harry Norman, Managing Director of OAL, explained: “Food manufacturers are facing rising costs and with little opportunity to increase their prices, they are seeking new and effective ways of improving productivity.

“Throughout the project, we’ll be taking a step-by-step approach, working our way through common operations found across the food manufacturing sector such as weighing, sieving, and moving ingredients around. One criticism of automated systems in the past has been the lack of flexibility, but we will aim to develop flexible APRIL robotic systems that can handle some of these tasks and take the pressure off food manufacturers.”

The researchers will conduct an in-depth study of the processes currently used in the industry and will then develop new automated raw material handling systems to integrate with OAL’s existing technologies widely deployed across the industry. By automating the handling and movements of raw ingredients, the researchers expect to make major advances in efficiency, quality and quantity in the production of food products such as sauces and soups when compared with traditional processing technologies.

The research will take place in the dedicated Robotics & Automation Zone of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln's Holbeach Campus in South Lincolnshire, in the heartland of the UK's food and drink sector.

The University of Lincoln is a key research partner of OAL, supporting both their recent APRIL robotic chef development and two other Innovate UK projects focused on steam infusion high speed cooking and cryogenic cooling of food products.

Stephen White, OAL’s Lead Automation Engineer on the project, said: “I’ve been automating food production systems for my whole career, nearly 30 years, and the time is right for robotics. There have been a couple of false dawns but the industry need a productivity boost and the technology is now available at the right price point - it’s really exciting.

“APRIL is a great example of this in the way she uses robotics to simplify how we cook food. We’re able to emulate how you would cook at home with small batches with up to half the amount of capital of equipment required in a traditional system.

“The University of Lincoln is a fantastic industrial partner and we’ve accelerated the progress of the project by working at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing. Working in an SME we’re very quick to jump on new ideas that can span many engineering disciplines. It’s vital to be able to access the advanced knowledge across the University of Lincoln from robotics to advanced modelling.”

Mark Swainson, Deputy Head and lead for Research and Higher Education at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, said: "This project tackles directly many of the technical and scientific challenges in material handling for robotic automation of food manufacturing processes. In doing so, it will greatly enhance the potential for companies of all sizes to embrace the improvements in productivity, sustainability and quality which these technologies make possible.

“We are proud to be working with an innovative and bold British company in OAL, combining their industry insight and engineering expertise with academic knowledge and R&D facilities at the University’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing and Lincoln School of Engineering. Together we can pursue innovations that offer tangible benefits for manufacturers, retailers and consumers in an industrial sector where the UK is exceptionally well-placed to emerge as a world leader."

The project will undertake site surveys of a number of different food production sites. If your company would like to be involved please get in contact with OAL via www.oalgroup.com. All data collected will be anonymised.

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Mar 2, 2017

APRIL shortlisted for Best Technology Innovation at the IFE World Food Innovation Awards 2017

We are pleased to announce that APRIL our robotic chef has been shortlisted for the World Food Innovation Awards 2017 in the category ‘Best Technology Innovation’. The esteemed judging panel, including the Global Sustainability Director for Mars, recognised the transformative impact robotics will have on making food manufacturing more consistent and flexible.

The winner will be announced on Monday 20th March as part of the International Food and Drink Event (IFE), ExCel London. Click here to see the full list of finalists.

UK food manufacturing faces a number of significant challenges over the coming years, not least the impact Brexit will have on the availability of labour. Sticking with same old, labour intensive processing and material handling technologies will become cost prohibitive and leave manufacturers unable to fulfil the wide range of products retailers and consumers have come to expect.

APRIL (Automated-Processing-Robotic-Ingredients-Loading) developed with the University of Lincoln, reimagines the food production line, placing robots at the heart of the way we handle and process raw ingredients. By combining advanced materials handling and processing technologies, APRIL can consistently emulate how chefs cook in a professional kitchen bringing more restaurant quality food to our supermarket shelves. Simon Lushey, Technical Manager at M&S explains “We are excited by the new thinking involved in the APRIL robotic chef approach. Modular robotics cells may transform food manufacturing kitchens, by breaking up processes in a different way, in doing so providing a step change in performance.”

For manufacturers, smart, robotic food production lines will simplify the way we manufacture products offering flexible consistency. Factories will become up to 80% smaller and the increased levels of control will lead to a safer operating environment and improvements in product shelf-life.

The winner of this award will be announced on Monday 20th March at the International Food and Drink Event at the ExCel in London.

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About us

Company details

OAL supply food manufacturers with three distinct engineering solutions:

  • Processing Projects. OAL have a 25-year history of supplying turnkey material handling and processing projects to blue chip UK food manufacturers. Food manufacturers trust OAL to deliver liquid and dry material processing projects up to a value of £5 Million where proven experience, design excellence, automation, quality and outstanding support are valued.
  • OAL Connected.  OAL Connected provides market-leading label and date code verification systems installed on over 1,100 packing lines, ensuring full compliance with retailer’s codes of practice. Once protected, food manufacturers can achieve fast payback using the OAL Connected modules to add OEE productivity measurement, connectivity to line equipment, QA checking, traceability and paperless recording.
  • APRIL Robotics. Our team are world leaders in using proven robotic equipment to provide next generation food manufacturing preparation and processing systems. The systems currently support dry weighing, A to B transport, blending and full processing kitchens.

Customers have guided us with distinct requirements for each sector allowing each team to work as a focused fast moving group dedicated to their specific market a. The OAL tradition of trust, fairness and investment in our people bonds our teams. We strive to keep our customers ahead and future proofed by leading multiple R&D projects currently valued at £3.5 million aimed at developing tomorrow's tried and trusted.

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Target groups
  • Food
  • Confectionery products
  • Bakery products
  • Beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals