Archive: Aug 2013

Food industry increases use of sensors as automation expands

The food processing industry is increasing its use of sensors as it expands its adoption of automated processes. The market analysis found that the sensor market pulled in approximately $2.9 billion USD in 2012…Sensors researched include flow, level, pressure, temperature, photoelectric, inductive, capacitive, ultrasonic sensors and biosensors. This increase can be attributed to several areas,…

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Manufacturers adopt vision systems as prices, barriers fall

The introduction of low-cost computer vision systems like LiveScribe and Kinect are fueling their increased adoption in the manufacturing sector, improving efficiency and safety. Underscoring his point about inexpensive vision systems, Bier points to now commonplace products such as LiveScribe  and Kinect —which each retail for about $200 or less. “Vision systems are getting cheaper…

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MIT researchers solve problem of getting ketchup out of the bottle

Researchers at MIT have figured out a way to help liquids on their way out of containers. The solution solves the problem that consumers have had for years sitting at their kitchen tables: getting ketchup out of the bottle. Helping consumers use all of their condiments is not the only benefit, according to the developers….

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Automation before the factory floor

Automated hygiene stations, only being available to the largest facilities previously, are now becoming more commonplace in smaller, regional food packing plants. Rana Meal Solutions produces both fresh, refrigerated product and frozen foodservice varieties of filled pasta and sauces for the U.S. market. At its USDA-approved plant in Illinois, employees are instructed to change into…

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