Rockwell and Nestlé have teamed up for the UK science and engineering fair to promote automation in food manufacturing and highlight the advanced technology now used in the sector to young people in the throes of making career decisions.
An estimated 35,000 young people will visit the Big Bang fair this year between March 15-17. Food manufacturing will have a high profile at the event where the Food and Drink federation are gathering numerous UK food manufacturing companies to demonstrate the work environment in modern factories.
Rockwell Automation, a leading manufacturer of robotics, drives and controls has worked closely with Nestlé to revolutionise the food giant’s product lines around the globe for many years. At the same time, both companies have active and expanding apprenticeship programmes in the UK, designed to nurture the skills needed to optimise high tech food manufacturing.
On the 2012 Big Bang stand being hosted by Rockwell and Nestlé at the Birmingham NEC air pressure devices for moving model ‘Smarties’ will be on display and visitors will be invited to compete in a factory automation simulation game based on the Kit Kat production line.
“The opportunity to take part in this sort of event is invaluable to a company such as Rockwell Automation” said Mark Crawford, Rockwell manager of customer support & maintenance, “young people should be encouraged to never stop wondering how things work and the more talent encouraged into STEM learning the better for the future of the UK manufacturing economy. The Big Bang is an important part of several initiatives we have at Rockwell Automation investing in the future of Engineering”