A smart and flexible high value cake manufacturing and packing automation system

  • Yan, Xiu (Principal Investigator)
  • Yang, Erfu (Academic)
  • Mair, Gordon, (Co-investigator)
  • Cocuzza, Silvio, (Researcher)
  • Lu, Hao, (Researcher)

Project: Research

Description

Facing changing consumer tastes, the growth of the large cake and rising costs of raw materials, many companies require a cost effective and flexible automation solution that will allow them to compete at a national and international level. This project will design and deliver a uniquely integrated, smart and flexible cake manufacturing production system by combining new developments in mechatronics to automate a currently labour intensive manufacturing process and reduce waste due to uncontrolled variations resultant from a batch process. This solution will be generic, cost-effective, and smart, leading to increased competitiveness and long-term sustainability of the business. In addition knowledge gained has the potential to be transferrable to other UK-wide food manufacturing companies including SMEs and could also lay the foundation for a UK based automation company to exploit the IPR generated; this knowledge exchange activity will be led by the academic partner, SMeSTech Lab of the University of Strathclyde.

Layman's description

Facing changing consumer tastes, the growth of the large cake and rising costs of raw materials, many companies require a cost effective and flexible automation solution that will allow them to compete at a national and international level. This project will design and deliver a uniquely integrated, smart and flexible cake manufacturing production system by combining new developments in mechatronics to automate a currently labour intensive manufacturing process and reduce waste due to uncontrolled variations resultant from a batch process. This solution will be generic, cost-effective, and smart, leading to increased competitiveness and long-term sustainability of the business. In addition knowledge gained has the potential to be transferrable to other UK-wide food manufacturing companies including SMEs and could also lay the foundation for a UK based automation company to exploit the IPR generated; this knowledge exchange activity will be led by the academic partner, the University of Strathclyde.

Key findings

A number of research outcomes have been generated. An industrial demonstrator system has been designed and prototypes and this system has been installed in collaborating companies for trials.
Short titleSmartMan
AcronymSmartMan
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/02/1431/01/16

Funding

  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council): £295,661.00
  • Lightbody of Hamilton Limited

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Automation
Manufacturing
Flexible manufacturing
Knowledge exchange
Competitiveness
Costs
Manufacturing companies
Integrated
Raw materials
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Batch
Manufacturing process
Food manufacturing
Labor
Sustainability
Prototype
Outcomes research