Rosemount CT4215 food and beverage leak detection system tests the seal and integrity of every bottle or package on a production line, detecting leaks at a sensitivity as low as 0.3 mm and automatically rejecting defective bottles or packages without slowing down production. It installs directly on the production line in a compact, self-contained unit. A variety of customizable sampling heads are available for any package type including trays, pouches, bags, bottles, and boxes. The QCL laser technology measures CO2 and other gases. A high-flow vacuum pump draws air from around the package or bottle and delivers this air to the measurement cell. If gas from a leaking product passes through the measurement cell, it will absorb some of the laser light. Less laser light reaching the detector means there is a leak. Any leak detected will trigger rejection. Emerson, 314-553-2000, www.emerson.com.
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Luna Omega SUGAR is engineered for carbohydrate separation and analysis from food and beverage matrices, such as milk, animal feed, wine, soda, and fruit, by hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC). The stationary phase incorporates an amide polyol, amino group with linker, and polar endcapping, which together promote greater polar retention through a useful range of interaction mechanisms. By focusing on HILIC separations that utilize just acetonitrile and water, it becomes possible to overcome buffer strength inconsistency, high pH, peak suppression, lengthy buffer development time, and other mobile phase-related issues that may undermine sugar separations. The company says that users can now attain easier and better separations of monosaccharides, disaccharides, and oligosaccharides. Phenomenex Inc., 310-212-0555, www.phenomenex.com.
The XpressPal (XP) Grocery pallet is designed to ship finished goods from distribution centers to retail in grocery supply chains. Its top deck includes a molded-in texture to minimize load shifting. The texture increases friction, so goods are less likely to slip off the pallet. The pallet’s top deck includes ergonomic handle holes so the pallet can be manually moved or unstacked, making it an applicable option for manual and automated systems. One-piece high-pressure injection-molded construction gives the pallet a high strength-to-weight ratio and the ability to withstand rugged handling. XP Grocery pallet’s flow-through design eliminates areas where contaminants, such as dirt, dust, and liquid, can collect. ORBIS Corp., 800-890-7292, www.orbiscorporation.com.
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IoT for Restaurant Safety
FoodSafe.io, an IoT solution designed for restaurant food safety, incorporates handwashing monitoring, safety inspection guidance and monitoring, and cold storage monitoring to give owners a continuous view of food safety operations without distracting them from other necessary tasks. It includes wireless temperature sensors, called Whisker.Blocks, that measure air and food temperature, reporting values every 5 minutes; a software agent that monitors these sensors 24/7, generating alerts if problems occur; smart hand soap dispensers that measure the usage of hand soap, reporting such counts every 5 minutes; a FoodSafe.io application running on a tablet that keeps track of all required food safety checks; and an executive dashboard for viewing multiple locations. Digital Six Laboratories Inc., 844-365-8647, www.d6labs.com.
The Low Density Foreign Material Detection and Removal System separates and inspects the top and bottom of the product for foreign material. Once found, the material is automatically rejected. The company says that the robust, simple-to-use systems are cost-effective to implement and maintain with 24/7 remote support. Users can identify/remove low density material such as soft and hard plastic, paper, cardboard, gloves, hairnets, etc. ProSpection Solutions LLC, 816-256-5666, www.prospectionsolutions.com.