Nestlé UK and Ireland
A robot that can move and pack a whopping 150 chocolate bars a minute will be amongst the bumper load of exciting food engineering activities on offer to the 65,000 visitors attending this year’s Big Bang Fair at London ExCel (14-17 March).
The robot will be located on the joint stand run by Nestlé UK & Ireland and the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF) Taste Success – A Future in Food careers campaign. Specially programmed, the robot will play a ‘Beat the Robot’ game against a player to pick Kit Kat bars off a conveyor belt. Designed by Bosch in partnership with Nestlé, the 4-Axes Delta Robot is a real example of high-tech robotic solutions used on the factory floor. See a Bosch robot in action on You Tube!
Food and drink engineering will be a key theme of this year’s stand as the industry has recently launched the UK’s first dedicated degree - MEng Food Engineering - at Sheffield Hallam University. The stand will also include a range of other STEM-related activities to inspire budding young engineers to consider a future career in the industry.
The Big Bang Fair is free to attend and is targeted primarily at young people aged 7-19. It is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. To register, go to The Big Bang Fair’s website .
Richard Martin, Chief Engineer, Nestlé UK & Ireland said The food and Drink industry is central to all of our lives. As the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, it puts food on our tables and offers a variety of skilled and rewarding careers producing some of our most loved food products. Whether you are considering taking an apprenticeship, engineering or science degree, the food and drink sector is for you.
Richard Martin, Chief Engineer, Nestlé UK & Ireland said
Angela Coleshill, FDF's Director of Employment, Skills and Corporate Services said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be teaming up with Nestlé UK & Ireland once again at the Big Bang Fair to bring careers in our industry to life for young people. We are also incredibly pleased to have the support of Bosch – one of our industry’s key suppliers of robotics solutions.
“Engineering is one of our industry’s most vital specialisms, helping us increase efficiency and productivity. The recent launch of the MEng Food Engineering degree at Sheffield Hallam University marks a major step forward for our industry by creating a pool of specialist engineers equipped to help us meet future challenges, so it is important that the next generation know that there are exciting opportunities available.”
Roy Fraser, Bosch Product Manager Robotics, said: “Bosch has supplied about 130 Delta robots to companies in the UK and our long standing relationship with Nestlé stretches back to the very early days of Delta robotics, in fact Nestlé were one of the first companies to adopt this type of technology for handling operations in chocolate and coffee. Today there are about 2,500 Bosch Delta robots in the field globally across the food and drink sector.
“We are really looking forward to the show and to demonstrating the high levels of technology that potential apprentices and graduates could be working with and responsible for when working in the food and drink industry for companies such as Nestlé.”
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Find out more:
- Graduate Excellence project
- MEng Food Engineering degree