NeoSpectra-Scanner for In-Field Material Analysis
Si-Ware Systems has built a handheld material analysis scanner around its NeoSpectra spectral sensor, for those companies and developers who want a tool with immediate onsite detection and quantification of contaminants in samples, at the molecular level. Food processing QA is a key market for this device. The technology is already being used for soil analysis, and for feed scanning on farms to determine nutritional conformance.
The near infrared range of the NeoSpectra-Scanner is versatile enough for on-site agriculture, food and industrial use, and Si-Ware hopes it will further drive the mobile technology into a range of new markets. It’s easy to configure, in a five-step process. Si-Ware Systems, www.si-ware.com, 818-790-1151
Grain Sourcing System
The new SureTrack PRO ingredient sourcing system enables processors to easily source quality grain that meets their exact specifications, including monitoring inventories and tracking deliveries to ensure that plants are always up and running. The system digitally connects processors, merchandisers and grain buyers with farmers to simplify the process of sourcing and managing grain used in food and beverage production, pet food manufacturing and restaurant operations. AGI SureTrack ,www.suretrackpro.com, 855-293-5607
Multiscan Metal Detector
A new scanning multi-frequency metal detector is designed to enable food manufacturers and food quality managers to improve productivity and maximize factory floor space by combining the benefits of multiscan metal detection technology with accurate weight control.
The Thermo Scientific Sentinel 3000 multiscan metal detector is the smallest model in the line of Sentinel metal detectors and mounts on the frame of Thermo Scientific VersaWeigh and Versa GP checkweighers. The Sentinel 3000 detector is the first multi-frequency metal detector specifically designed for metal detection-checkweighing combination systems in food production, providing users with improved functionality and performance in a smaller footprint than typically required with two pieces of equipment. By integrating the detector onto the checkweigher frame, the need for an external metal detector conveyor is eliminated. New harmonized Versa checkweigher software incorporates capability to operate the checkweigher and metal detector from one screen and is designed to improve usability and reduce training time. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., www.thermofisher.com/sentinel3000
Rexnord has announced a new Dual Detectable material for select KleanTop and TableTop conveyor belts. The new material, which can be detected in both metal and x-ray machines, offers an additional safeguard for food processors against product contamination.
In addition to its dual detectability, the material comes in a unique blue color, making it easier for food processors to identify it on their production lines. Rexnord, www.rexnord.com
Water-Based Laminating Adhesive
Ashland introduces Purethane A2018 adhesive, the latest development in water-based laminating adhesive technology specifically designed for metalized film adhesion.
Purethane A2018 joins Ashland’s growing portfolio of high-performing laminating adhesives for food packaging where improved metal adhesion and enhanced clarity are required. Purethane provides high metal adhesion for moderate-to-high levels of moisture, temperature and chemical resistance. Ashland Global Holdings Inc., www.ashland.com
Power Transmission Belt
Timken Belts announces the introduction of their new Carlisle Super Arc belt specifically designed for live/powered roller conveyor drives commonly used in warehouse or product loading and shipping industries. The new Super Arc belts have a special fabric clutching cover that provides just the right amount of slip and grip between the belt and rollers – enough friction to turn the rollers which move the product down the conveyor, and enough slip to reduce heat and wear from misalignment. Multiple layers of small diameter polyester cord allow the belt to flex laterally around the arc of the conveyor (up to 90° corners), while still providing exceptional strength. Made of a highly engineered rubber compound that supports the cord, Super Arc belts offer superior flexibility and performance while retaining excellent flex life. Timken Company, www.timken.com