PROCESS-BASED PROTECTION FOR COBOT APPLICATIONS
The Safe Robotics Area Protection (SRAP) safety system from SICK provides process-based protection for collaborative robot applications. SRAP provides machine operators with unrestricted yet safe access to a robot’s working area at any time by adapting the operating conditions to the position of the person. The SRAP system consists of a Flexi Soft safety controller and a safety laser scanner, and satisfies the criteria of Performance Level PL d in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1. This future-proof safety system enables flexible, autonomous machines and robots to adapt quickly to new production conditions, safety requirements and protective field conditions.
CROP TRADING APP
Growerstock launched the Growerstock IOS App, which gives buyers and sellers the ability to trade, track and communicate securely from anywhere and alerts members when an opportunity presents itself for immediate action.
BLAST CHILLER FOR FOODSERVICE
Unified Brands unveiled the new Randell BC Series Blast Chiller, designed to give foodservice operators greater control over refrigerated food storage. Features include easy-to-use intuitive touchscreen controls; auto-launch cooling; and color-coded probe identification for proper probe placement. The reach-in Randell BC Series Blast Chiller has a capacity of 9 standard sheet pans or 18 hotel pans. The work-top Randell BC Series Blast Chiller has a capacity of 5 standard sheet pans or 10 hotel pans. The under-counter Randell BC Series Blast Chiller has a capacity of 3 hotel pans. These models also come standard with a front-mounted USB port for retrieving recorded data for HACCP program documentation.
BLOCKCHAIN TRACEABILITY PORTAL FOR FARM TO FORK
Paramount Software Solutions launched Farm to Plate, a blockchain technology-based provenance tracking portal for farm and field products. Farm to Plate provides real-time insight into the origination of a product, provides handling information (like location, date and time tracking) of the raw products, and data on how it is gathered and proceeds through the system for delivery. All data is stored on blockchain, and can be narrowed down to specific lot/bundle and location to minimize waste.
Paramount Software Solutions
WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM
Baswood developed Baswood BioViper system to conserve and naturally treat wastewater. Using what is said to be up to 60% less energy than other wastewater treatment systems and a 75% smaller physical footprint, the Baswood BioViper system removes 90% or more biochemical oxygen demand (BODs), thus cleaning water before it’s either sent back to the municipality or re-used in a manufacturer’s plant. It features a patented aerobic/anaerobic integrated mediasystem that combines anaerobic and aerobic solutions in one platform. It also consists of a sequence of enclosed vertical tanks, where in each tank, air rises from the bottom, submerged zone to the top trickling zone. Wastewater flows from top to bottom through a series of biofilms.
LOGISTICS MODULE OPTIMIZES FREIGHT OF PERISHABLES
iTradeNetwork launched iTradeFreight, a logistics module designed to modernize the freight industry for perishables. iTradeFreight provides real-time freight quotes, scenario planning and modeling to optimize logistics costs. This makes load management part of the procurement process from the beginning, and helps users determine when to ship, how to optimize their shipments and how to save on freight costs.
Dematic announced the commercial availability of its micro-fulfillment solution, designed to help retailers address rapid online order fulfillment in a small footprint. Integrating the power of intelligent automation and human expertise, this micro-fulfillment solution is a combination of automated technology and proprietary Dematic iQ software that enables customers to retain control of their data while providing seamless integration with other inventory management, warehouse and ERP systems. The micro-fulfillment system is configured to fit into footprints as small as 10,000 square feet. Additional features include cold zone environment capabilities with ambient, chilled and frozen temperature zones and a global footprint that enables implementation at scale.
WATER-BASED LAMINATING ADHESIVE
Ashland introduced Purethane A2018 adhesive, a water-based laminating adhesive technology specifically designed for metalized film adhesion for food packaging. The high metal adhesion provides moderate-to-high levels of moisture, temperature and chemical resistance. Other performance benefits include superior clarity, excellent adhesion to metalized and non-metalized films, good thermal resistance and passed aggressive ingredient testing with 1/3 water, 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 soybean oil for 10 days at 60°C.
Ashland Global Holdings Inc.
PRINTING SYSTEM FOR POROUS SURFACES
Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc. introduced the CoPilot Max printing system, designed to print superior quality, high-resolution characters on porous surfaces. With up to 2.8 inches of print height per printhead and the ability to run up to 2 printheads from one controller, the CoPilot Max allows users the ability to raise, lower, tilt or rotate the printhead without making height adjustments to the ink supply. The printer features a durable touchscreen, industrial-strength printhead construction and simple active ink delivery. Messages are created and edited on Squid Ink’s Orion PC Software and transferred via USB, ethernet, wireless or Windows tablet.
Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc.
HYDROCARBON WATER ANALYZER
Analytical Systems Keco introduced the Model 204 Hydrocarbon VOC Water Analyzer, delivering an enhanced method of analytically quantifying total hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in cooling towers, heat exchangers, holding ponds, run-off water and wastewater. Utilizing an exclusive sample transfer stripper and solid-state sensor, this water analyzer measures oil and VOCs directly in the water as well as very low levels (parts per billion) to detect even the smallest of leaks. How it works is, liquid flows into the analyzer and enters a heated sample transfer stripper unit that strips the volatile hydrocarbons from the oil in the water. Then, the carrier air sweeps the hydrocarbons to an advanced solid state sensor for quantitative analysis in ppb or ppm levels. The transmitter electronics quantify and display the values on a back-lit LCD, and provides outputs remote and web-based monitoring and control.
Analytical Systems Keco
COMPOSTABLE OVENABLE FILM
Futamura launched NatureFlex 30NVO, a compostable ovenable film made from renewable wood pulp sourced from responsibly managed forestry. It is said to be the first certified compostable, heat-sealable film to market, offering heat resistance for conventional and microwave ovens. Features include heat sealability on both sides, semi-permeability to moisture, barrier to oxygen and mineral oils, grease and oil resistance and anti-static. Plus, NatureFlex 30NVO is ideal for printing, is suitable for lamination to other biopolymers and is an alternative to conventional packaging films for hot food-to-go items such as pies, pastries, hot baguettes, wraps and paninis.
MAGNETIC FLOW METER
GF Piping Systems introduced the full-bore, Signet 2580 FlowtraMag magnetic flow meter, designed specifically for high accuracy flow measurement in short pipe runs for water treatment skids, batch processing, chemical processing and transport, fluid dispensing, water distribution, reverse osmosis, liquid delivery systems, clarified effluent, metal recovery, landfill leachate and more. The new sensor design achieves high accuracy in shorter inlet and outlet pipe lengths. And, the thermoplastic construction provides superior corrosion resistance. Available in pipe sizes of 1-, 2- and 4-inch PVC Schedule 80, the FlowtraMag offers accuracy of ±1% of reading and repeatability of ±0.5%. Features include visual LED indicators and the GF Configuration Tool Bluetooth App, which helps users configure and calibrate their required parameters.
GF Piping Systems
ALL-IN-ONE ELECTRICAL CONNECTION FOR FLEETS
Purkeys introduced OneConnect nosebox, which streamlines tractor/trailer electrical systems via a user-friendly, space-efficient device. The OneConnect with interior light control nosebox offers an all-in-one option that consolidates electrical connections into one easily adjustable system with built-in light control capabilities. Designed for fleets who do not need lift gate charging systems, OneConnect features a downward-facing receptacle that prevents water buildup and corrosion.
SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING SOLUTION
GEA created FoodTray, which combines thermoforming technology, cardboard and film to create a sustainable packaging solution. FoodTray is an ecological carton/film composite that can be separated at the end of the supply chain. Developed in partnership with Roba Group, Schur Flexibles Germany and Van de Velde Packaging, FoodTray combines the criteria of product claim, haptics, safety, sustainability and industrial production processes. FoodTray reduces film content by up to 70%, and replaces fossil-based raw materials with fibers from renewable raw materials, making the content more than 80% recycled. The film is thermoformed and sealed directly to the inside of the cardboard box, and brand information can be printed over the entire surface.
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100% RECYCLABLE TEAR-OFF SYSTEM
Greiner Packaging teamed up with Offsetdruckerei Schwarzach to develop K3 packaging, a new tear-off system that consists of just two parts—an unprinted, white or transparent plastic cup and a cardboard wrap. The new patent-pending K3 cup boasts a diameter of 95 millimeters and a capacity of 500 milliliters for 17% reduction in CO2 emissions compared with a conventional direct-printed, thermoformed cup of the same size. At the same time, a K3 cup uses up to 33% less plastic compared to a direct-printed, thermoformed cup of the same size. When separated, the individual components of K3 packaging are 100% recyclable.
Greiner Packaging Corp.
DRONES FOR CROP MANAGEMENT
DJI showcased a series of drone technologies for agricultural applications. The P4 Multispectral drone is said to be the world’s first fully integrated multispectral imaging drone built for land management. The Agras T16 drone is a spray drone that applies liquids like fertilizers and pesticides to field crops and orchards. Meanwhile, the DJI X-Port allows drone hardware developers to integrate their own custom sensors like multispectral cameras and LiDAR sensors. X-Port features built-in communication APIs, DJI SkyPort integration and a gimbal debugging interface.
CAMERA FOR MACHINE VISION INSPECTIONS
Teledyne DALSA announced its Calibir DXM640 camera, optimized for size, weight and power of the machine vision inspections. The Calibir DXM640 features both shutter and shutterless operation and rapid image output on power up while delivering uniform response over the entire operating temperature range. This makes the Calibir DXM640 ideal for thermal imaging applications requiring uninterrupted image acquisition. The updated calibration includes customized gain correction on a per lens basis to offer improved image performances and response uniformity. Other features include visual camera multicolor status LED, flexible general purpose counter and timer functions for internal/external controls and more.
Teledyne DALSA, part of the Teledyne Imaging group
HIGH-BAY CHARGERS FOR INDUSTRIAL BATTERY FLEETS
GNB Industrial Power rolled out new 3-bay and 10-bay GNB Fury X-3 charger models configured for 3-9kW, 3-18kW and 18-30kW power levels. The Fury X-3 charger line comes with GNB’s patent-pending anti-arc disconnect technology, which extends the life of the charger by greatly reducing connector damage during hot disconnects. This active arc suppression feature also allows for high-rate charging using standard SB connectors. New features include 72/80V dual voltage power modules, which allow the charger to grow with customer fleets, as well as 24-volt CEC-compliant power modules that support expanding energy demands in the material handling industry. Additional advantages include lithium-ion battery capability, ability to charge lead-acid batteries and more.
GNB Industrial Power, a division of Exide Technologies
SOLENOID VALVE FOR OIL-FREE REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS
Danfoss added EVR v2 solenoid valves to its extensive range of components qualified for oil-free refrigeration and air conditioning systems. R-1234ze is a refrigerant option for a wide range of applications, and enables OEMs and end users to reduce GWP, resulting in direct CO2 emissions and refrigerant cost reductions.
Videojet debuted the 90° adjustable printhead, specifically for use with the Videojet 1860 continuous inkjet printer. This printer enables users to easily adjust the printhead when a coding configuration changes on their packaging or production line. The 90-degree design reduces the amount of umbilical required to bend, thereby limiting the potential for damage to the wiring. Plus, the printhead offers 350-degree rotational movement of the printhead’s nozzle opening, and the 45-degree slanted design on the face of the printhead delivers more mounting options and closer proximity to product on the line. The nozzle system features a predictive gutter build-up sensor and advanced notice of the most common potential fault conditions. Alert notifications display on the printer and can be sent to a smart device, allowing for pre-emptive corrective action during line changeover or other planned production stoppages.
Videojet Technologies, Inc.
DATA LOGGER RECORDS TEMPERATURE, HUMIDITY
CAS DataLoggers introduced the new I-Plug TH family of data loggers from SwiTrace. Available in both single-use (IPSH20) and multi-use (IPMH20R) models, these loggers are designed to record temperatures from -40°C to 65°C and humidity levels from 0-100%. The data loggers offer built-in alarm indicators that support up to four user-programmable high/low alarm limits, a programmable sample rate and storage for 10,000 temperature and 10,000 humidity points. Other features entail single start/stop button, traceable accuracy certificate, LCD screen and free online track-and-trace software, ideal for shipments of temperature-sensitive foods.
HPP VERIFICATION TECHNOLOGY
Chromatic Technologies Inc. introduced printable BlindSpotz high-pressure processing (HPP) verification options, designed to differentiate between packages processed at 70K psi, 80K psi and 87K psi. BlindSpotz prints a clear message/image; a blue color appears when the proper target is reached. If the HPP verification ink is lighter than the reference color, the package is easily identified as “failed” in the HPP process. BlindSpotz can be used as an HPP badge in totes (or baskets) of packages, as stickers applied to individual packages or printed on the package as part of existing printing process.
Chromatic Technologies Inc.
Hubbell Lighting launched a series of visible light disinfection SpectraClean luminaires, which combine white and narrowband 405 nanometer visible light to meet ambient and task lighting requirements. The germicidal effects of narrowband visible light suppress a wide range of bacteria, molds, fungi and yeast. Plus, the antimicrobial light induces the production of damaging reactive oxygen species in harmful microorganisms to accelerate cell inactivation. SpectraClean features what is said to be the industry’s only line of commercial luminaires available with High Intensity Narrow Spectrum technology offered with integrated wireless control support for four modes of operation and multiple standard lumen packages, making it an ideal solution for cleanrooms as well as food manufacturing, packaging, processing, preparation and dining applications.
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