New Product Technology
CUSTOM-DESIGNED TRAYS FOR MEAT, POULTRY
Custom-designed processor trays from Dolco Packaging help meat and poultry processors draw attention to the unique attributes of their products. Whether a company is promoting premium brats or sausages, meat patties, stuffed poultry or exotic meats, Dolco’s in-house designers can create a tray that draws consumer attention to any product’s unique attributes. Examples include compartments/dividers for sausages, deep-draw pockets for meat patties, structural indentations for easy removal and more. The trays come in white, yellow and black.
Dolco Packaging, a Tekni-Plex company
R&D FOOD DEVELOPMENT, LABELING SOFTWARE
ESHA Research updated its Genesis R&D food development and labeling software to incorporate more features that comply with the 2016 FDA Nutrition Facts Labeling regulations. Genesis R&D Version 11.4 includes document attachments, FDA’s draft guidance rounding rules, 2016 nutrient content claims and more, and provides the ability for users to attach documents of any type to their ingredients and recipes. Users now also have the ability to choose which rounding rules to follow, default or those based on the draft guidance, so that labels report clear, consistent and consumer-friendly information.
VISION SOFTWARE IN END-TO-END SOFTWARE PLATFORM
Beckhoff Automation announced the incorporation of comprehensive image processing capabilities into its PC-based control system. The new TwinCAT Vision software unites a comprehensive range of machine functionality—PLC, motion control, robotics, high-end measurement technology, Internet of Things, HMI and now machine vision—all in one end-to-end engineering and control platform. With this level of integration, TwinCAT Vision eliminates the need for separate vision solutions, often developed by third parties.
Beckhoff Automation LLC
BACTERIA-RESISTANT HIGH-BAY LIGHTING
CPS LED Lighting launched bacteria-resistant high-bay lighting for the food processing industry. The CPS-PSL series achieved NSF certification and IP69K food processing standards, is ISO 20653:2013 and has been tested according to the standard of IEC 60529:2013 degrees of protection. With its smooth domed design, polyester powder-coated surface, no exposed screws, no glass and IP66-rated ash down fixtures, these new high-bay lamps eliminate the accumulation of dust, water and dangerous bacteria. The CPS-PSL series comes in 100W, 150W and 200W models in white or silver.
CPS LED Lighting
SHORTER MAST FOR CROSS-DOCKING
Crown Equipment introduced a shorter mast option for cross-docking applications. The new 2-stage TL mast, commonly referred to as a “truckers mast,” is an option for the 4-wheel Crown FC 5200 Series counterbalance forklifts and Crown’s C-5 Series pneumatic and cushion tire industrial forklifts. It is ideal for use in warehouse dock work and cross-docking applications where a shorter mast is more conducive for the forklift to quickly and easily remove and place loads in truck trailers. The mast is available in lift heights of 68, 76, 80, 82 and 112 inches, with no change in the maximum load capacities of the forklifts.
Crown Equipment Corp.
CARRIER RELATIONSHIP MANAGING SOFTWARE
Kuebix introduced Kuebix Carrier Relationship Manager to help shippers hold their carriers more accountable for performance and build stronger carrier relationships. Backed by data garnered from transactions within the Kuebix transportation management system, shippers can create detailed carrier scorecards that analyze key performance metrics, such as on-time deliveries, claims handling, billing accuracy and pickup performance. Kuebix Carrier Relationship Manager also keeps contact information, schedules and tasks in one location, relieving administration hours of chasing paperwork and tracking communications, while keeping carriers accountable.
ATTACHMENT-READY LIFT TRUCK
Yale Materials Handling announced a new line of attachment-ready trucks. Engineered with a modified front end, these trucks allow for Bolzoni Auramo paper roll and bale clamp attachments to fit seamlessly on a broad range of Yale cushion tire and pneumatic tire lift truck models. The truck-to-clamp interface minimizes installation inconsistencies and can enhance attachment performance. Controlled clamp force, customized opening ranges and a wide selection of arm lengths and configurations are available to fit unique operational requirements.
Yale Materials Handling Corp.
FULLY AUTOMATIC BATTER DEPOSITOR
The 2P-64A from Hinds Bock is a compact, fully automatic cake, muffin and cupcake batter depositing machine. The 2P-64A design features the ability to quickly and cleanly change from one tray to another with product in the hopper, but without tools. Features include Allen Bradley PLC controls with color touchscreen operator interface and a variety of sizes to match existing pans.
BLUETOOTH-ENABLED TEMPERATURE DATA LOGGER
OCEASOFT updated its line of Atlas and Emerald data loggers, accompanied by a new version of the company’s mobile sensor management application, OCEAView. The new smartphone and tablet application, which is available for iOS and Android in English, French and Spanish, geo-tags the new Atlas and Emerald data loggers in real-time and sends collected data automatically to OCEASOFT’s secure cloud platform. This way, delivery truck drivers can now prove their proper handling of the cold chain directly for clients at the time of delivery. The application also monitors data loggers placed with transported products and in a vehicle’s refrigerated compartments using a smartphone’s Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
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HYBRID SOLAR ENERGY SYSYTEM
A project team led by Gas Technology Institute developed a hybrid solar collector that simultaneously generates electricity and high-temperature on-demand heat. The ultra-high-efficiency hybrid solar converter boasts a double-mirror design optimized to capture as much of the energy in sunlight as possible, generating both electricity and storable heat (for later use) within the same system. The collector design transforms commonly used parabolic trough concentrated solar power into a higher-efficiency, spectrum-splitting receiver, and integrates high-temperature thermal transfer and storage media to generate variable electric power and high-temperature dispatchable heat.
Gas Technology Institute
NEXT-GENERATION VISION SYSTEM
Teledyne DALSA announced the GV 4000 vision system, a multi-camera system that offers more memory resources, power-enabled camera ports and a small step up in performance over the GV 3000, making it well suited for applications using multiple large-format Genie Nano cameras. With over 8 times the processing performance of the GV 300, the rugged GV 4000 provides a robust and highly capable solution for applications on the factory floor, including final inspection of large assemblies. It is equipped with a low power, Gen6 Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, camera ports that are compatible with a range of monochrome or color area or line scan GigE cameras and two gigabit-compliant network ports used for interfacing additional cameras or third-party equipment.
ALEXA APP FOR FLEET MANAGEMENT
ARI unveiled the pilot for what is dubbed as the fleet industry’s first voice-based technology solution using the Alexa app. Users ask Alexa to fetch information related to fuel, accidents, maintenance, downtime and purchase orders.
X-RAY RE-INSPECTION PROGRAM
METTLER-TOLEDO’s new x-ray re-inspection program lets food processors re-inspect quarantined product, identifying and removing any contaminated product, then allowing uncontaminated re-inspected product to be delivered to customers, all without disrupting production. After METTLER-TOLEDO consults with the manufacturer to determine the detected contaminant, it configures an x-ray system to maximize detection for that contaminant. Quick turnaround enables quarantined product to be re-inspected quickly and confirmed uncontaminated products to move on to customers. A factory-trained METTLER-TOLEDO service engineer guides the manufacturer’s operators through the re-inspection, providing training and technical support throughout the re-inspection process. When the re-inspection is complete, the manufacturer receives a full report documenting inspection results to support the company’s quality program for future audits.