Blog : Foodmach recognised at 2022 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards.

Foodmach Wins Innovation Award

Foodmach received the award for "Leader in Innovative Product Development and Commercialisation" at the 2022 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards.

Now in its 20th year, the awards programme acknowledges individuals and companies that embrace new technologies, are globally competitive and excel in business innovation – showcasing Victoria’s leading manufacturing capabilities. 

CEO Earle Roberts collected the award for leadership and commitment to developing smart, innovative solutions for the food, beverage and industrial manufacturing industries.

The award recognises the Foodmach team’s outstanding R&D work over the last decade.

Earle Roberts: “Foodmach has been honoured to receive many awards within the packaging and processing machinery industry over the years, and they are all highly valued. The Victorian Hall of Fame awards saw Foodmach competing on a much bigger stage against all manufacturers in Victoria, so it was a delightful and somewhat unexpected win.

“Given that Foodmach is known as a mechanical engineering company, winning an award in large part due to our software is great recognition of Foodmach’s transition from just building machines to providing fully integrated solutions with machinery, controls, software and service.

"Of course, after 50 years of supporting our customers, we know that no software can fix poor mechanical and electrical design and construction so that expertise will always be a core focus.”

Foodmach’s latest innovation is LMES – Line Management Execution System, an advanced software package for packaging line control developed by the company’s software controls team under the helm of Foodmach veteran Gavin Alder.

Gavin Alder: “LMES is a culmination of over ten years of design, development and refinement and it revolutionises the field. As well as offering next-level OEE, LMES provides absolute control and visibility over every aspect of the line’s function.

“Product changeovers happen at the push of a button, automatically adjusting the control and data settings on every single machine, device and piece of conveying on the line. The right product goes into the right packaging with the right coding and labelling. Production is completely paperless.

“It’s error-proof packaging with higher line uptime, operator errors eliminated and direct integration to the clients' ERP systems—more than previously possible."

LMES is currently being installed at natural beauty business BWX Ltd and Pernod Ricard Winemaker’s new complex glass and canning line in SA.

Foodmach was also a finalist in two other categories: Outstanding Responsiveness to COVID-19 Award for Project Med-Con and Honour Roll – Service to Industry Award for Foodmach Director, The Late Peter Marks.

Manufacturing in Victoria supports more than 260,000 jobs and contributes around $30 billion annually to the local economy.

Award winners were announced at a celebratory event at Crown Palladium, with Australian journalist Virginia Trioli as host and interviewer.

This article was first published in PKN Packaging Magazine.

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