ASTM International has released a CD-ROM, Lexicon for Sensory Evaluation: Aroma, Flavor, Texture and Appearance, which includes a detailed description of the process used for implementing a lexicon for a specific product category; physical flavour, aroma, texture and appearance references; and product examples and the most frequently used terms to describe ingredients and products.
Manufacturer of stainless steel drainage systems ACO Polycrete has released a technical handbook for the building drainage industry. The guide is also a product catalogue for the ACO Pipe system and features an extended range of stainless steel pipes and fittings for multi-drainage applications.
Accutech offers supply, support and training in pipe flow software. The company has software capable of modelling complex pipe networks with friction loss correlations for incompressible and compressible fluids, slurries, non-Newtonian liquids such as Bingham Plastics and Power Law fluids and two-phase liquid/gas flows.
An extended labelling initiative for food products was launched, facilitated by the GS1 GoScan app.
Australian inventions can be accessed online through AusPat, a database of patent records dating back to the first patent issued under Commonweath legistration.
Business Monitor International (BMI) has published the 2011 Australia Food & Drink Report which offers key insights into the pace and strength of growth in Australia’s food and drink industry and the emerging competitive landscape, over the next 18 months and beyond.
FSANZ is welcoming comments on a report for food derived from a genetically modified soybean.
Dionex has published a new high-performance anion-exchange chromatography with pulsed amperometric detection (HPAE-PAD)-based method for the determination of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in samples ranging from food (honey and pancake syrup) to treated biomass (corn stover and wood hydrolysate). HMF is naturally found in many foods (eg, honey) and can increase during cooking or processing. The concentration of HMF can indicate food quality and authenticity and some countries have proposed limits to its content in food.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has released a comprehensive and searchable compendium - LC-MS Applications for Food, Beverage and Water Testing. The compendium, designed as a knowledge transfer tool, provides users with access to the wealth of application expertise developed by Thermo Fisher.
The Emona 2011 Test Instruments Catalogue covers 80 pages of instrumentation and equipment for the industrial service and plant maintenance, industrial electrical and electrical contracting and science and life sciences laboratories. The catalogue is an invaluable reference for all engineers, technicians, scientists, contractors and educators.
Drive solutions specialist SEW-Eurodrive has released an updated 2011 calendar for its nationwide motor and drive technology training program, known as DriveAcademy. Based on the same in-depth technical training syllabus used to educate SEW-Eurodrive’s own engineers, DriveAcademy provides end users and system integrators with a comprehensive set of skills required to get the most out of motor and drive technologies and applications.
The panel conducting the Independent Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy, commissioned by the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council, formally presented its final report entitled 'Labelling Logic' to the Hon Catherine King, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, as the Chair of that Ministerial Council. The report has also been made publicly available on the Food Labelling Review website.
Turck’s Distributed I/O brochure encompasses the company’s broad line of machine-mount and in-cabinet distributed I/O solutions, along with its BL ident RFID system. This concise resource provides an overview of Turck’s modular and block I/O systems, with modules rated for either IP20 (in-cabinet) or IP67 (machine-mount) environmental protection.
A handy online pump selection tool, called Grundfos Assist, has been developed to assist pump installers to easily select product for domestic water supply applications. It is designed to be easily viewed via a mobile phone browser, making it a handy and portable tool.
CSIRO Food and Nutritional Sciences has released a book - ‘Make It Safe: A Guide to Food Safety’ - which provides small-scale food manufacturers with a practical guide to controlling food safety hazards.