Hepatitis E virus infections can be fatal in pregnant women, but until recently doctors thought the disease was confined to China, India and developing countries. Now Europeans are also contracting the disease, according to scientists at the Society for General Microbiologyâ€™s 161st Meeting at the University of Edinburgh, UK, from 3 to 6 September 2007.
The Metrohm ProcessLab is an at-line analyser that follows on from the success of the Titrando range of laboratory titrators. The system uses the Titrando titrator and tiamo software.
The Micromeritics AccuPyc 1340 Series Pycnometers are versatile, fast, fully automatic analysers that provide high-speed, high-precision volume measurements and density calculations on a wide variety of powders, solids and slurries.
The Series 1000 alcohol analyser is a near infrared transmission spectrometer designed to measure alcohol in wine, beer and any other clear beverage. The instrument is based on a solid-state diode array optics system that scans from 860 to 1020 nm. Within this spectral region, O-H and C-H bonds absorb NIR energy. The O-H groups measure the water and alcohol in the sample and the C-H compensate for sugars, organic acids and other hydrocarbons in the beverages.
The Witt Mapmax leak detection system that has been developed from the Leak-Master Inline model can be integrated into the production line. In addition to the outer packaging and E2 boxes, the machine can also test individual packaging, for example an entire batch from a thermoform or tray sealing machine and test them one by one for leaks.
The TES model Aflex 3005 is a small handheld power quality analyser with a large range of functions due to its LSI programmable chips.
The Pola 3000 is an online particle monitoring system that has been designed for use in harsh environments. It utilises an image acquisition technology to analyse free-flowing particles from 40 Âµm to over 100 mm.
Dwyer Instruments has released the Series MS differential pressure/velocity transmitter. The transmitter is suitable for measuring differential pressure or velocity in building automation applications.
Pulsar Process Management Level Star 110 non-contacting ultrasonic level measurement has been supplied to a major chemical manufacturer, resolving a problem it had in the effective gauging of sodium hydroxide
A campaign born of cooperation between five Australian states has improved the health and safety of workers at Australiaâ€™s wine manufacturers.
One of Australia's leading occupational health and safety managers discusses the evolution of workplace safety in food and beverage manufacturing with What's New in Food Technology & Manufacturing
Citric acid (in various chemical forms) is one of the most widely used additives for fine-tuning acidity in fruit products.
New tests, developed for the Food Standards Agency by the UKâ€™s Government Central Science Laboratory, were completed last year and have been checked using samples of pork and chicken bought.
Witt has introduced a low cost version of the Oxybaby V handheld gas measuring system for modified atmosphere food packaging (MAP) analysis.
5S is a system that originated in Japan that is now a common tool for improving workplace productivity, quality, throughput and safety. Many companies implementing Lean Manufacturing start with a series of 5S events