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Hard to Pick, Hard to Place: Transforming the Pizza Industry

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am


Carl Vause
Soft Robotics Inc.
Aaron Burke
Regional Sales Manager
ABI Ltd.
Joyce Fassl
ProFood World

Food manufacturers and automation integrators are constantly searching for ways and methods to cut costs, increase productivity, reduce downtime, decrease maintenance and lessen overall total cost of ownership. One of the most important elements that manufacturers seek are new and innovative enabling technologies—tools that let them do something they could not do before and give them a competitive advantage in their markets. In this webinar, learn how one automation integrator leveraged enabling technology to boost productivity and reduce waste, transforming the pizza industry. Join Carl Vause, CEO of Soft Robotics and Aaron Burke, regional sales manager for ABI Ltd as they step through the two-year search for the right solution and the necessary steps for realizing change. Some key topics covered include:

  • New approaches to automation in the baking and food industry
  • The challenges of working with food items that are difficult to pick, and the solutions
  • How end of arm tooling can improve efficiency and reduce waste
  • Other creative solutions that enable customer productivity

Speaker Bios:

Carl Vause, CEO, Soft Robotics


Carl Vause is CEO of Soft Robotics Inc. Prior to this role, Carl held a variety of senior positions in technology and medical device companies, most recently as vice president of marketing at OmniGuide Surgical. Carl also served as the global franchise leader for the joint repair business at Smith & Nephew, with $500 million in annual revenues, and as vice president of global marketing and director of strategy and business development for the endoscopy global business unit. Carl served as manager of strategic planning at 3M and as division operations process manager at Nestle Waters North America. He began his career as a naval flight officer in the United States Navy, retiring from the naval reserve in 2013.


Aaron Burke, Regional Sales Manager, ABI Ltd.


Aaron Burke is ABI Ltd.’s regional sales manager for GTA and Western Canada, based in Toronto. He is a seasoned sales representative and account manager with 20 years of experience working with clients across a variety of business verticals. Aaron is skilled in many areas, including but not limited to needs assessment, project specification, product development and project management. In addition to developing new business opportunities in the industrial baking automation sector, Aaron works extensively with small and mid-sized bakeries as well, providing advice and guidance on how they can optimize their yield while cutting costs through the development of best practices and the integration of smaller scale automation solutions. In just a few short years, he has developed a well-rounded knowledge of all parts of the food production process, from ingredients handling though delivery and packaging.



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