OAL Connected becomes national champion at Made in the UK Awards
OAL Connected has beaten stiff competition to become the national champion in the Made in the UK awards for our APRIL™ Eye innovation. Having won the regional round for the Digital Engineering / Technology Award at the Made in Central & East England ceremony, APRIL™ Eye went through to the national round and our team brought home the glassware. The world’s first artificial intelligence vision solution for label and date code verification, APRIL™ Eye allows manufacturers to increase throughput on their lines while safeguarding their operations. This is the latest in a series of award wins for our technology, following on from the PPMA award and the Food Processing award at the end of 2018.
Insider’s Made in the UK Awards 2019 are a celebration of all that's great about manufacturing and shine a light on the most innovative and dynamic manufacturers. It’s one of the UK’s largest national manufacturing awards ceremonies as it brings together the winners of all eight Insider’s regional Made in... Awards to compete to become the national winner. It was a great achievement to be recognised in our region but we’re absolutely thrilled to become the national winner, with judges impressed by our artificial intelligence solution that works to eliminate the risk of product recalls caused by human error on packaging lines.
Combining artificial intelligence with machine vision, APRIL™ Eye revolutionises the traditional date code verification process. APRIL™ Eye fully automates the verification process and removes human error from these boring, repetitive tasks as there is no need to rely on operators to check if the date code is printed correctly. Able to deal with variations such as lighting, positioning, print quality and placement, the system reads back the date code seamlessly and without errors. APRIL™ Eye offers significant improvement to processes, safety, quality and efficiency as well as achieving cost savings for food manufacturers on their packaging lines.
Wayne Johnson, OAL Connected Director, comments, “We’re over the moon to bring home the Made in the UK award for our APRIL™ Eye date code verification system. This system really can deliver the high speed, fail safe checks that manufacturers need to meet their volume targets, without the worry that a wrong date code could enter the supply chain. We’re delighted that the industry recognises this revolutionary technology as well as our customers.”