APRIL: OAL discuss APRIL with the Food is Life Consortium at the PPMA Show 2015.

APRIL: OAL discuss APRIL with the Food is Life Consortium at the PPMA Show 2015.

You appear to have caught me in my new car,
look at these wheels, this is a BMW i8, electric motor and I tell you what, I love these doors,
not that easy for a 6ft 3 bloke to get out of so you’ll excuse me for that. But, isn’t
she beautiful, look at this! I’m going to close that door and come and have a look at
unfortunately it’s real owners and they aren’t me it’s Harry and Jake Norman here. How you
doing guys? Great thanks. Terrific and how are you doing? Very good, it’s been a very
fun show so far, lots of interesting people to talk to. Good, I’m hoping you guys are
interesting to speak to or at least tell me exactly why this car’s here because, you know,
manufacturing and stuff, why is there a very posh BMW car here? Jake, Well we’re a consortium
of food manufacturers, engineering companies and research institutions – so this is food
is life? Food is life, food is life and what we’re trying to do is bring disruptive change
to the food industry now, the automotive industry is very inspiring. Over the last 20 or so
years brought in a lot of new technologies, improved efficiency and also improved the
product quality of their cars. And so, we want to take inspiration from the automotive
industry, take those technologies, start applying them to the food industry to increase the
efficiency of food and also improve the product quality as well and really minimise the waste.
The opportunities tremendous, I mean, when we look at yield, we reckon we can go yields
sub 1% losses within a process presently running at 5-10%. Massive massive costs. And we’ve
also got large labour being used, the minimum wage going up to £9 there is massive pressure
on the supermarket, well on everybody within the supply chain to really, you know, basically
reduce the number of people in the industry. But you think that there is space within the
industry, within the existing processes to make it more efficient to make it more cost
effective, to make it more environmentally friendly? We’re talking about really disruptive
change here, we’re not talking about incremental change of improving processes that are already
existing there because those processes haven’t really changed much for the last 30 years.
We’re talking about starting afresh and saying how what is the best way we can treat these
ingredients and process them much more effectively and much more efficiently than is currently
being done. It’s a big statement practically how do you make that happen? Well, I mean,
firstly we have to really understand people’s businesses and we’ve been talking to companies
that probably did about 30 billion turnover just today alone they’re tremendously excited
so as soon as we start talking about how APRIL will change their, the actual manufacturing,
then we’re going to see massive massive interest in this and that will be the beginning of
the changes that happen within the industry. Right, APRIL, you dropped in APRIL there,
tell me more about what APRIL actually is then. APRIL is our new product that’s going
to be launching early 2016. It’s automated processing and then robotics ingredient loading.
I see what you did there, ok. What this is going to be able to do is significantly reduce
the number of people that are involved on a production line, it’s going to remove all
the pipework, all the platforms and basically make food processing much more efficient and
much cleaner. We did a modelling of a very large facility, probably £100million turnover
using this technology, we had 30% of the footprint it’s just a massive massive change. Ok, well,
again, big statements here, impressive car, just now talk to me about what your background
is, why it is you’re doing this maybe? We do it because we care about food. You go round
food processing factories, it’s just not quite right now. We’ve got real opportunities to
feed people much more efficiently using the same ingredients because we’re passionate
about giving people really great food using the same ingredients as we’re presently doing
but using them much more effectively. Ok. If you want to find out more let’s say, where
do they go to, what do they do? So, we’ve got 2 websites, the first one is foodis.life
that’s where you can find out more about the consortium and more about the research projects
which we’ve got 2 of. 1 is on cryogenic cooling and then 1 on advanced heating and mixing
of food products. And then, the second website is our own website which is our own one which
is oalgroup.com/APRIL and there you can see a teaser video of what we’re all talking about,
what it could mean if we take APRIL as a concept and apply it to your food factory. Well listen,
Harry and Jake Norman from OAL group, thank you so much indeed for letting me sit in your
car and thank you for telling us about APRIL and your projects as well. Big changes you’re
talking about. It sounds as if they’re the right changes so really good luck with those
gentlemen. Brilliant, thanks a lot, thank you.

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