Coriolis transmitter with Ethernet connectivity

Emerson Process Management has upgraded the Micro Motion Model 5700 transmitter with a native Ethernet connection to improve connectivity and functionality, allowing for easier access to measurement information. It has retained its rugged housing however, which is certified for tough field environments, including extensive hazardous area certifications and approvals.

The native Ethernet upgrade includes dual redundant Ethernet ports, directly integrated in the device with no need for extra converters or adapters. The dual port architecture means multiple devices can be installed in a variety of configurations, minimizing wiring and switch needs for space and cost savings.

Additionally, the transmitter incorporates a configurable I/O channel that can be used as a discrete input or set to a mA, frequency, or discrete output. This enables powerful application options with minimal equipment.

To speed integration and connection with Ethernet/IP systems, the transmitter contains an EDS (Electronic Data Sheet) file for fast access to instrument information with little to no manual setup. This also enables automatic AOP (Add-on Profile) generation for quick and powerful system integration. Pre-configured input assemblies allow users to select exactly what is needed from a wealth of information in a Coriolis meter, without burdening the network with unwanted traffic.

More gluten-free certification programs for Australia and New Zealand

The Allergen Control Group (ACG) has announced the addition of British Standards Institution (BSI) to their Gluten-Free Certification Program as a third-party auditing and certification company.

Based in Australia, BSI will support ACG’s goal to increase the range of gluten-free options in the Asia-Pacific market, as well as increasing the number of gluten-free brands permitted to display the Gluten-Free Certification Program trademarks on their company’s gluten-free packaging.

“As a trusted supplier of food safety and quality training courses, BSI welcomes the opportunity to expand their capabilities, in order to better serve the food industry,” said Todd Redwood, Food Director at BSI Asia Pacific.

“With its Food Centre of Excellence based in Australia, BSI will help support the program’s goal to expand in the Asia Pacific as well as global marketplace.”

Consumers still confused by inadequate organic labelling

New research from the University of Adelaide suggests that food labelling has still been found to be inadequate by consumers trying to make ethical food choices.

According to the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), many products claiming to be ‘organic’ can only be 100 per cent certified if a label is issued by an approved certifier.

NASAA General Manager Ben Copeman said the difference between products labelled ‘certified organic’ and ‘organic’ had confused Australian consumers when buying high quality organic produce.

“Certified organic products carry a certification logo and certification number. This is the customer’s assurance that there is a third party verification of the integrity of every step of the production process, from paddock to plate”

“On the other hand, products that are merely labelled ‘organic’ may not be free of chemical residue or may be fully imported and packaged in Australia, with the ingredients unlikely to be certified to an internationally recognised standard such as the Australian Standard,” Copeman said.

The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA) was formed in 1986 and supports the education of industry and consumers on organic, biodynamic and sustainable agricultural practices, and was Australia’s first organic certifier.

Today, its certification arm, NASAA Certified Organic (NCO), provides certification and inspection services to assist Certified Organic operators access every organic market in the World. 

NCO is the largest certifier of agricultural land in the world. NCO certifies more than 1,000 operations in 13 countries, certifying some 12m ha of agricultural land worldwide.