Food & Drink Business Podcast Ep17: The machines are watching

The machines are watching: how vision systems elevate your quality control with Hugh Donelly, FPC Food Plastics and Murtaza Nasir, SICK Australia. 

Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry talks about machine vision solutions for food and beverage packaging with FPC Food Plastics managing director Hugh Donelly and Murtaza Nasir, the machine vision and distance sensors market product manager for SICK Australia.

Hugh gives us a history of FPC Food Plastics before we shift to Murtaza explaining machine vision and how it can be applied to the packaging world. Hugh talks about FPC Food Plastic's transition from the sensor systems of the early 2000s to current vision systems and how that has improved the quality and food safety aspects of their product.

Murtaza also offers other typical problems in the food and beverage sector that SICK's vision systems can assist with.

The conversation also includes FPC Food Plastics’ use of recycling in their manufacturing processes, their production of lighter bottles that still meet requirements, the difficulty in obtaining recycled material to work with and use of SICK's vision systems to improve quality and assist with sustainability. 

We wrap up with a discussion on the importance of relationships with suppliers and clients to help with innovation, addressing issues as they arise and long-term business outlooks.


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Host: Kim Berry
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