Hygienic IP65~IP69K Protected Panel PCs Designed to Meet Food & Beverage Manufacturing Challenges

Australia’s food and beverage processing industries are worth approximately $26 billion to the economy and employ almost 235,000 people. It is a vital industry because it not only produces goods for the local market, it is also a net exporter of foodstuffs and beverages. When combined with the related industries of agriculture, forestry and fishing, then the figure balloons to almost $54 billion.

All food processing businesses need plant and equipment that not only does the job but are reliable and designed to meet the environments in which they work. This includes an array of plant – from conveyors belts and packaging equipment, through to sorting and mixing machinery. Any hiccup can have catastrophic consequences. One slight mishap can cause the whole operation to close, deadlines to be missed, or food and beverage produce to spoil. It’s money down the drain. What preventative plant and maintenance managers need to have are the tools to make sure this never happens.

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Aplex’s FABS-1XX series food safety standard industrial display

Backplane Systems Technology has released the FABS-1XX series food safety standard industrial display, engineered to meet the guidelines of strict hygienic environments.

FABS-1XX series includes flat front panels in seven different sizes 7-inch, 10.1-inch, 12.1-inch, 15-inch, 17-inch, 19-inch, and 21.5-inch, with projected capacitive touch or protected glass models. The displays are designed with an IP66/IP69K stainless-steel, front bezel and feature a variety of I/O connectivity. These rugged displays have been designed for factory automation and other food and beverage processing environment applications.

These monitors feature SUS304/316 grade stainless-steel, front bezels and offer resistance to oxidation, corrosion, and bacteria. In addition, the optimised bezel has a perfect chamfered edge whereby water and detergent can directly flow down the front panel. This display series supports IP66/IP69K ratings for water and dust resistance to withstand high pressure and hot water wash-downs for easy cleaning.

This series is equipped with hygienic material that is designed to meet EN1672-2 certification. The sealing material meets the international food safety grade requirement, FDA 21CFR 177.2600. The FABS series is a hygienic solution for the need of food and beverage industry and can be installed in automatic packaging production lines in the food processing industry.

The FABS series of industrial displays features an elegant, slim design and true-flat P-CAP glass screens that support both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. The new industrial display also gives users access to VGA, DP and DVI-D/HDMI interfaces for comprehensive graphic input requirements and built in speakers are optional. FABS 1XX Series is a robust, reliable and stylish industrial display for food and beverage applications and can facilitate making the business transmission toward to IIoT.

Key features:

  • Stainless-steel front bezel display
  • Flat front panel touch screen
  • IP66/IP69K (option) compliant front panel
  • VGA, DVI-D/HDMI, and DP input
  • Wide range DC 9~36V power input
  • High brightness LCD and auto dimming for option
  • Projected capacitive touch or AR glass for option
  • OSD at rear side
  • System power LED light

Backplane Systems Technology celebrates its 30th anniversary

Backplane Systems Technology is entering its 30th year of service in the industrial technology sector with a bright face and fresh branding—rejuvenating its logo as it celebrate the ways in which the industry has grown, and it has  grown with it.

Backplane Systems Technology (BST) was created on the 13th of March, 1989, in response to Australia’s growing demand for custom backplanes in the industrial control and automation sectors. Since that day, it has been an Australian-owned and operated provider of high-quality industrial technology—growing to specialise in the rugged-embedded field.

When it started business in the 80s, its focus was on backplanes, PLCs, and the niche market of systems integrators who were in increasing need of custom solutions. As a small business, BST’s experience in the Australian market has been an exciting one; with its close team, it has been able to form close, long-term connections with its customers and suppliers, while still reacting quickly to changes in the market and to newly introduced technologies. The industrial-grade computer age introduced x86 platforms, which led to the development of the smaller, faster, and more rugged PCs of today that have entered the market in tandem with the driving force of mobile applications.

Demand has grown worldwide for artificial intelligence-based solutions like autonomous vehicles, machine vision, and autonomous driving, and BST is proud to say that over the past 30 years, it has  consistently been able to meet the changing demands of the industry and overcome whatever troubles have drifted its way. Its specialties have expanded with the industry’s growth, and now include rugged-embedded mobile computing.

The BST website was created with its  product range in mind as a database system. While this was effective on the back-end for managing its  goods, BST would be the first to admit this was an unwieldy solution and recognise that as a reflection of our dedication to customer connections and ease of use, and of its ability to keep up with this ever-developing industry, it must be updated. As such, with its new branding also comes its new website, geared towards customers.

Having reached this milestone, it is  now looking forward to a future in which BST doubles down on its customer focus, utilising its unique product range to help the Australian businesses who rely on BST and its for their own work in Australia and expanding into the world market. Because it deals directly with manufacturers and the design engineers who craft the components of its custom systems, BST isn’t just a reseller — it has the technical and design support available to assist customers at every level. It is this customer support focus that it has dedicated itself to with its new branding, in 2019 and all the coming years beyond.