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Americas: Navigation, social distancing measures with AGVs, JBT

JBT offers its Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) range to help companies save labor for higher value tasks and increase social distancing. The AGVs have an advanced navigation system that creates a virtual map of the surroundings in which it operates, allowing it to safety move around the working area. The systems have 2D and 3D cameras for safe positioning and...

Europe: Humble beginnings of ready meals, Huhtamaki

Seemingly designed for hurried 21st century lifestyles, pre-cooked convenience foods have had an enduring history. Forecasts predict that they’re here for the long run. Ready meals are essential for many modern households, where working professionals, families, and students are notoriously strapped for time. Convenient and available, ready meals are a safe and affordable alternative. It’s no surprise that the global...

Europe: Adams Packaging picks easy-opening tape for packaging

Poland's Adams Packaging has selected Essentra Tapes’ Rippatape brand to integrate tear tapes within its boxes. A 6mm wide, 60-micron tape was trialed to give a fast, safe and immediate access to the contents of corrugated and fibreboard packaging. It is also easily applied to new and existing production lines, offering speeds of up to 450 metres a minute at...

Asia Pacific: Ingredion launches stabilizer for drinking yogurt

Ingredion has launched Ticaloid BD-2910 stabilizer system that helps in creating thick, creamy, smooth drinking yogurt. The stabilizer system aids in achieving this desirability by delivering protein stability throughout the product’s shelf life. The drinking experience is a key factor that draws consumers to drinking yogurt. "In a segment with options aplenty, manufacturers have to pay attention to the finer...

Asia Pacific: Bega Cheese selects Software AG for IoT dairy supply chain solution

Australia's Bega Cheese has selected Software AG's Cumulocity Internet of Things (IoT) solution to link its farmer suppliers, milk transport and storage, and processing facilities. The solution will provide real time data on milk production at farmer suppliers including volumes, temperature, quality composition, and transport conditions, to gain efficiencies in pickup and delivery frequency to reduce costs and improve traceability. The...

Asia Pacific: Cobots, operators can work together in the factory, states Universal Robots

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world with more than just a healthcare winter. It is also impacting thousands of businesses worldwide with closures and bankruptcies, with millions of job casualties and mounting. Businesses worldwide are scurrying to adapt, reinvent, and claw on for survival. Governments worldwide are compelling citizens to "work from home (WFH)" if their jobs allow, or simply...

Driving energy-efficient refrigeration

For companies in the food manufacturing sector, refrigeration can account for up to 70 percent of their total electricity bill. Yet, it remains one of the most untapped sources for energy saving. Most of the energy used by industrial refrigeration systems powers the electric motors that operate key elements such as compressors, pumps, evaporators, and condensers. Deploying variable speed drives (VSDs)...

Asia Pacific: Ingredion’s texturizer for mochi products

Ingredion’s N-Dulge 320 starch is a starch-based texturizer for mochi products. "Other than creating the varieties of mochi texture that keep consumers excited, manufacturers often face the challenges of maintaining that soft and elastic texture, which is associated with fresh mochi, in shelf-stable food products," said Eric Weisser, senior director, growth platforms, Ingredion APAC. "Mochi bread, for example, often loses...

Europe: igus introduces intelligent plain bearings

Bearings maker igus has developed its first isense plain bearing series with five iglidur materials for predictive maintenance of machines. With the intelligent isense plain bearings, users receive a lubrication-free solution that provides information about their wear. Maintenance can be planned while machine and system failures are prevented. "The catalogue range includes five materials with which we can cover...

Europe: Beneo releases waxy rice starch, organic chicory root fiber

Beneo launches an organic waxy rice starch, Remyline O AX DR, and organic chicory root fiber, OraftiOrganic. As a waxy rice starch, it does not contain amylose and delivers better stability and less syneresis, making it easier to maintain a stable texture throughout a product’s shelf life. Remyline O AX DR is suitable for fruit preparations, as well as meat...