Robots are becoming more common in the workplace. In the manufacturing environment, users are demanding more flexibility with fewer resources, more consistent quality and reliability, and improved ergonomics while working at faster rates in less physical space.
Based in New South Wales Australia, dairy farming started in the Bega Valley in the 1850s. During these early years each farmer produced and sold cheese from his own dairy.
Fears from the hospitality industry that an increasing number of patrons are at risk from having their drinks spiked with drugs such as GHB and Ketamine have led Drink Safe Technologies to develop the Drink Safe Coaster.
Selective Micro Technologies has announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has conditionally approved Selectrocide, a chlorine dioxide product, as a disinfectant, sanitiser and algaecide for applications in the horticulture and food processing industries. Announcement of EPA approval follows only two weeks after Selective Micro Technologies announced an allowance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use its chlorine dioxide product to wash fruits and vegetables.
Formed in October 2001, the Fonterra Cooperative Group is a leading multi-national dairy company, owned by 13,000 New Zealand dairy farmers. With an annual turnover of US$6.8 billion, they are the world's largest exporter of dairy products
John Lopresti, a Biological Systems Engineer at Victoria's Department of Primary Industry (DPI) Institute for Horticultural Development, led the discussion, with focus on optimising product quality through handling chains, at a recent Australian Institute of Packaging meeting.
Vacuum packaging meat products has made it possible to keep them fresh in appearance and taste. The problem is that pathogenic bacteria can grow on the meat in this packaging at both room and refrigeration temperatures.
Alcoa Closure Systems International has begun commercial production of Vino-Lok, its 'glass-on-glass' closure system for wine bottles that it developed as an alternative to corks and synthetic stoppers. Alcoa will supply the new glass closures from its Worms, Germany, facility to several wineries in Europe that provide wines to Lufthansa.
Gribbles Molecular Science (GMS) and Sunshine Technologies (ST) have formed a joint venture company, id-DNA Pty Ltd, focusing on the use of DNA technology in the biosecurity area.