Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 8 2016 - Page 48

STARRING ROLES FOR THE ARLA’S ROBOTS WRITTEN BY Arla Foods PHOTOGRAPHY BY Arla Foods The Automated Guidance Vehicles (AGV) at Arla’s state of the art fresh milk processing facility in Aylesbury have taken a leading role on The Financial Times website (FT.com) as part of ‘Robot Week’, a week dedicated to articles, videos and multimedia content on the rise of robotics in the workplace and home environment One of the FT.com films looks at support Arla’s significant growth plans visit the Aylesbury site and we’re the use of robotics in the logistics; for its largest market. really struck with the machinery in manufacturing and industrial The filmmakers filmed the AGVs in place, in particular the robots in the environment and the filmmakers were the dispatch area and spoke to Mark dispatch area. It encourages us as its keen to feature the Arla site as a good Burrows, Senior Dispatch Manager, talking about low cost and efficiency example. The AGVs collect the tets of to understand why the decision was for the processing of our milk into the milk bottles asthey arrive in the cold made invest in the state of the art finished product.” store and move to the correct areas technology, discuss their efficiency This is not the first media appearance before the milk is loaded on to the and how they are deployed. of the AGV’s at Aylesbury – last year trailers for distribution. Arla is a farmer-owned dairy company they appeared with Steph McGovern Opened in 2014 following a £150 with 12,700 owners of Arla of which live of BBC Breakfast as part of their million investment, Arla’s Aylesbury 2,700 are in the UK. One of the own robot themed week. site is one of the world’s largest dairy owners, David Christensen, appears Earlier in 2015, Chef Gregg Wallace operations, has the ability to process in the film explaining why the farmer visited the Arla Aylesbury dispatch one billion litres of fresh milk a year. It owners were supportive of the £150 as part of the BBC One’s ‘Inside the was built to support Arla’s long-term million investment to build Aylesbury Factory - How Our Favourite Food Is strategy to increase the volume of and implement the AGV technology. Made. milk being processed in the UK and “I sometimes join fellow farmers to Arla Foods UK is the largest dairy company in the country and is home to leading dairy brands Anchor, Cravendale, and Lactofree with a turnover of €2.9 billion. www.arlafoods.co.uk 48 FDPP - www.fdpp.co.uk