Processing > Software, automation & robotics

Automated batch retort system

28 August, 2009 by

A large US-based multinational food product manufacturer has awarded JBT FoodTech a $4.8 million contract for an automated batch sterilisation system. The system will provide the processor with leading technology to process a wide range of packaging configurations while reducing labour costs and improving energy efficiencies versus traditional equipment.

Compressed air auditing

28 August, 2009 by

Champion Compressors has introduced a tool to assess compressed air system performance - AirMetrix System Assessment. This measurement and analysis tool can help industry identify areas of waste in compressed air systems and facilitates the implementation of targeted improvement measures. AirMetrix can thus assist the user to reduce operating costs associated with compressed air processes and enhance environmental performance as a result.

Compact controller

03 July, 2009 by

Micromax Sensors & Automation has announced Unitronics’ Vision570, an all-in-one compact controller.

Quality assurance software

01 April, 2009 by

The Sartorius ProControl@Informer software module has been released for the Sartorius ProControl for Windows (SPCfWin), a QA system that can collect process data on a wide variety of quality attributes in samples with individual values, as well as in condensed form from dynamic checkweighers.

Waterproof SBC

01 April, 2009 by

The ERS800-D16 is a slim, fanless, waterproof system based on iBase’s ECX800E-D16 single board computer.

Food business performance evaluation

01 April, 2009 by

Lawson M3 Analytics for Food & Beverage is an application that helps food companies access meaningful business intelligence to improve decision making without having to develop analytics tools in house.

Operator interfaces

01 April, 2009 by

Building on the success of the previous touch screen PMI ranges, the fourth-generation Pilz operator interface and diagnostic display units offer improved performance.

Compressed air usage audit

01 April, 2009 by

CompAir’s Airnergy Analysis provides a totally integrated and comprehensive demand side audit of a business’s compressed air usage with a full measurement of energy use, actual airflow rates and pressures.

Real-time process control for food processors

01 April, 2009 by

Real-time process control for food manufacturing has come closer, due to pioneering research work at University College Dublin into viscosity measurement techniques for characterising the flow and mixability of highly non-Newtonian fluids. At the heart of the researchers’ experiments is the TorqSense transducer made by Sensor Technology in Oxon, which monitors the constantly changing flow characteristics of materials as diverse as tomato sauce, chocolate, pasta sauce and chicken tikka massala as they are mixed.

CitectSCADA V7.10 SCADA software upgrade

01 April, 2009

Citect has equipped the latest edition of CitectSCADA, V7.10, with Windows Integrated Security and support for Microsoft Windows Vista.

Intrinsically safe keyboards

01 April, 2009 by

The iKey intrinsically safe keyboards are constructed in a rugged, stainless steel case with industrial silicone rubber keypads, ensuring NEMA 4X protection.

Plant simulation software

31 March, 2009 by

Plant Simulation is a software solution from Siemens PLM that allows users to optimise throughput, relieve bottlenecks and minimise work-in-process in factories, warehouses and logistical operations.

LabWare is certified ‘Powered By SAP NetWeaver’

13 January, 2009

LabWare LIMS v6.0 is one of the first enterprise LIMS to become certified for use with SAP’s Enterprise SOA-based Integration Technology.

ABB Pick-and-place robot

01 August, 2008

ABB Australia’s second-generation FlexPicker robot, the IRB 360, is more productive with increased speed, higher payload and a smaller footprint than its predecessors.

Clean area automation

01 July, 2008

Baldor has launched a family of frequency inverter drives for AC motors.

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