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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: KBBE.2012.2.3-03 | Award Amount: 11.98M | Year: 2012

The PickNPack concept offers the food industry the benefits of automation cost reduction, greater hygiene and more efficient use of resources combined with the unique ability to adapt to the product and batch size at hand. PickNPack will give the European food industry a vital competitive advantage in the rapidly changing marketplace of the future, where customers demand more quality, more choice and more safety for lower prices. The project will develop three types of modules that can cope with the typical variability of food products and the requirements of the sector regarding hygiene, economics and adaptability. Three modules are working closely together. A sensing module that assesses quality of the individual or small batch products before or after packaging (i), a vision controlled robotic handling module that picks up and separates the product from a harvest bin or transport system and places it in the right position in a package (ii) and an adaptive packaging module that can accommodate various types of packaging with flexibility in terms of package shape, size, product environment, sealing and printing (iii). These modules connect to a multipoint framework for flexible integration into a production line that optimally makes use of the capabilities of the modules. The communication is based on a shared, vendor-independent vocabulary. The combination of modules will be with a user-friendly interface and all modules are equipped with automated cleaning systems to ensure hygiene. All available information in the production chain and the information produced by the sensors in the system is combined, stored and made available to the different modules and both upstream and downstream in the chain. With added intelligence this will lead to maximum performance in quality, reducing change over time, reducing time for reprogramming, adaption to operators, reducing waste of food and packaging material and stock. Human intervention will be reduced to a minimum.


Conventional biorefineries target production of a single product stream utilising a dedicated crop based feedstock. Such processes offer limited commercial viability, generate significant waste streams and raise ethical and sustainability concerns with regards to the feedstocks used (competition with food crops & genetic modification to improve yield). Paralleling conventional petroleum refineries, integrated biorefining overcomes these limitations through utilisation of the wider biomass components to deriving multiple bulk and high value product streams (zero waste processes), thereby achieving commercial competitiveness in line with conventional refineries and enabling a transition from dedicated non-food crops to low cost, readily available and sustainable biomass. The Phytatec Technology Platform is built on this concept, combining environmentally benign critical fluid processes with the selectivity and efficiency of enzyme transformations. The BREW-PACK project will apply and further develop the existing Phytatec platform for the integrated biorefining of brewers spent grain BSG (a readily available and low cost biomass feedstock), building on two core areas of innovation: - Application and further development of existing critical fluid processes for the sequential hydrolysis and fractionation of BSG to lipophilic, proteinaceous and polar (carbohydrate rich) primary material fractions - New know-how, strategies and technological development for the separation and knowledge based transformation of BSG proteins, enabling development of multi-layer biopolymer films demonstrating enhanced performance and functionality suitable for innovative high value packaging applications The project will conclude with a desk based feasibility study for design of a pilot and subsequent large scale plant, targeting establishment of supply chains worth over 72 million, generating ~450 new jobs and providing potential benefit to over 9000 wider SMEs.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-29-2014 | Award Amount: 4.36M | Year: 2015

The flexolighting programme is focussed on research and innovations on materials, processes and device technology for OLED lighting with the intention of building a supply chain within Europe. The aim is to realise OLED devices over a large area/surface with high brightness, high uniformity and long life time. A demonstrator will be built and delivered at the end of the project. The main targets are (i). Cost of the lighting panels should be less than Euro 1 per 100 lumens. (II). high luminous efficiency, in excess of 100 lm/W with improved out-coupling efficiency. (ii). white light life-time of at least 1000 hours at 97% of the original luminance of 5000 cdm-2.(iii). The materials and the devices therefrom will allow for differential aging of the colours, thus maintaining the same colour co-ordinates and CRI over its use. (iv). Attention will be paid to recyclability and environmental impact of the materials and the OLED lighting systems. Flexolighting project will also ensure European industrial leadership in lighting. The introduction of OLED Lighting technology is held back by the current cost of the systems, life-time and poor uniformity of luminance on large area panels. The programme aims to combine existing state of the art OLED materials technology (Thermally activated fluorescent materials (TADF) and phosphorescent emitters and world class transport materials) with new developments in processing technologies (Organic Vapour Phase Deposition (OVPD) and printing technologies) to develop new next of generation low cost OLED lighting systems to move forward to scale up and full scale production on novel planarized flexible steel substrates with cost effective conformal encapsulation method. The transparent top contacts made of thin metallic films, conducting polymers or graphene monolayer with metal tracks to reduce the series resistance will be employed in inverted top emitting OLED structures to deliver 100 lumens per Euro.


Broadley M.R.,University of Nottingham | Alcock J.,University of Nottingham | Alford J.,Velcourt R and D | Cartwright P.,Velcourt R and D | And 16 more authors.
Plant and Soil | Year: 2010

Selenium (Se) is an essential trace element for humans and livestock. In the UK, human Se intake and status has declined since the 1980s. This is primarily due to the increased use of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) grown in UK soils which are naturally low in Se. The aim of this study was to determine the potential for increasing grain Se concentration in a high-yielding UK wheat crop using fertilisers. The crop response of winter-wheat to Se fertilisation was determined under standard field conditions in two consecutive years at up to 10 sites. Selenium fertilisers were applied as high-volume drenches of sodium selenate solution, or as granular Se-containing products. Yield and harvest index were unaffected by Se fertilisation. Under all treatments, grain Se concentration increased by 16-26 ng Se g-1 fresh weight (FW) per gram Se ha-1 applied. An application of 10 g Se ha-1 would thereby increase the Se concentration of most UK wheat grain 10-fold from current ambient levels and agronomic biofortification of UK-grown wheat is feasible. Total recovery (grain and straw) of applied Se was 20-35%. The fate of Se in the food-chain and in the soil must be determined in order to optimize the efficiency of this process. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


Hart D.J.,UK Institute of Food Research | Fairweather-Tait S.J.,University of East Anglia | Broadley M.R.,University of Nottingham | Dickinson S.J.,Premier Foods | And 11 more authors.
Food Chemistry | Year: 2011

The retention and speciation of selenium in flour and bread was determined following experimental applications of selenium fertilisers to a high-yielding UK wheat crop. Flour and bread were produced using standard commercial practices. Total selenium was measured using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and the profile of selenium species in the flour and bread were determined using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) ICP-MS. The selenium concentration of flour ranged from 30 ng/g in white flour and 35 ng/g in wholemeal flour from untreated plots up to >1800 ng/g in white and >2200 ng/g in wholemeal flour processed from grain treated with selenium (as selenate) at the highest application rate of 100 g/ha. The relationship between the amount of selenium applied to the crop and the amount of selenium in flour and bread was approximately linear, indicating minimal loss of Se during grain processing and bread production. On average, application of selenium at 10 g/ha increased total selenium in white and wholemeal bread by 155 and 185 ng/g, respectively, equivalent to 6.4 and 7.1 μg selenium per average slice of white and wholemeal bread, respectively. Selenomethionine accounted for 65-87% of total extractable selenium species in Se-enriched flour and bread; selenocysteine, Se-methylselenocysteine selenite and selenate were also detected. Controlled agronomic biofortification of wheat crops for flour and bread production could provide an appropriate strategy to increase the intake of bioavailable selenium. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 503.07K | Year: 2014

This project seeks to accelerate our Plan A commitments around reducing waste. The focus for this project will be to reduce the environmental impact of raw materials in M&S’ clothing supply chain. We will apply circular economy thinking to drive greater garment recovery and retained value. The outcomes of the project can be applied to textile and other industries.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 1.19M | Year: 2011

Commercial refrigerators and freezers are ubiquitous and are used in diverse environments such as supermarkets, grocery stores, service stations, restaurants, hotels, pubs, and cafs. The most visible are vending machines and open or closed refrigerated cabinets such as open display cabinets. Combined commercial refrigerator/freezers are estimated to consume 85TWh of electricity per annum. Although incremental advancements in refrigeration technology have been made these do not nearly offset increasing use. These trends thus pose a significant risk to the ECs overall commitment to reduce energy use by 20% to 2020; improve overall energy security of European and reduce green house gas emissions. Beverage cooling accounts for a large proportion of commercial refrigeration covering products such as vending machines and display coolers. Compared to chilled or frozen food products, the majority of beverages have a relatively long shelf life and it is therefore not required to keep them at drinking temperature prior to consumption. However, this is currently the norm as it is often necessary to provide a chilled drink immediately upon purchase. As a result a wide range and number of beverages are kept chilled for eventual purchase. The logical consequence of cooling a drinks container efficiently and rapidly on-demand is a reduced need for chillers to run continuously. RapidCool aims to develop such a flexible, modular cooling apparatus that can accommodate drinks cans and bottles and chill them rapidly from ambient to around 6C. The cooling chamber will be designed to be directly operated by the consumer and meet with usage demands associated with vending machines and open cabinet fridge, with both a standalone unit and multi-can variant providing a faster vending solution. The proposed system can save up to 75% of the energy currently consumed by a conventional vending machine or display cabinet, which equates to cost savings of around 250 per machine per year.


Patent
Avery Dennison Retail Information Services LLC, Marks and Spencer Plc | Date: 2016-07-07

The present disclosure relates generally to methods and system for creating a multiple part peel and reseal label assembly that may include one or more RFID devices for use in providing information to potential end users. The assembly may be provided with a plurality of informational sheets or layers that may be printed with fixed or variable information.


Patent
Marks and Spencer Plc | Date: 2016-03-23

A method of determining bra fitting measurements for a subject, comprising the steps of: determining an underband measurement and a cup size for an existing bra of the subject; taking a current measurement of the underband measurement of the subject, to determine an initial underband measurement; analysing the fit of the cups of the existing bra on the subject to reach a first calculated cup size which is different from the cup size of the existing bra; determining a first cup size threshold and second cup size threshold; if the cup size of the existing bra is below the first cup size threshold and the calculated cup size is equal to or greater than the first cup size threshold, then adding a first amount to the initial underband measurement to reach a first adjusted underband measurement; or if the cup size of the existing bra and the first calculated cup size are both below the first cup size threshold, or if the cup size of the existing bra and the first calculated cup size are both above the first cup size threshold, then: comparing the existing cup size against the second cup size threshold; if the existing cup size is greater than or equal to the second cup size threshold, then adding a second amount to the initial underband measurement to reach a first adjusted underband measurement; or if the existing cup size is less than the second cup size threshold, then adding a third amount to the initial underband measurement to reach a first adjusted underband measurement; and determining a final underband measurement and a final cup size for the subject, wherein the final underband measurement is, or is based on, the first adjusted underband measurement, and the final cup size is, or is based on, the first calculated cup size.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 57.72K | Year: 2012

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