HD cameras improve safety and quality for processors of frozen fruits and vegetables

Frozen fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, green peas, sweet corn or baby carrots, are a fast growing market segment in the food industry.

Not only do they meet the demand for food that is quick and easy to prepare, in or out of season, but they can even be nutritionally superior to retailed fresh produce, as they are harvested at their peak ripeness – when most nutritious – and frozen soon after, preserving their vitamins and antioxidants. 

Among the biggest safety concerns are foreign materials, such as small stones, pieces of wood and glass, or slivers of plastic. If contained within packaged frozen food products, they will pose health risks – including lacerations, choking or broken teeth. For food processors, they may result in expensive product recalls and damage to reputation.

Optical sorters with InGaAs cameras are highly effective in detecting and removing these objects. 

InGaAsHD high definition cameras are able to detect foreign materials down to half the size previously possible, resulting in substantially better detection and removal. 

InGaAsHD will be available in the SORTEX E product range and will enable processors of frozen fruits and vegetables to meet the highest safety requirements, while ensuring maximum quality of their product.

The new InGaAsHD cameras are now available for Bühler’s SORTEX E product line. Processors that are already operating SORTEX E optical sorters with enhanced InGaAs cameras will be offered an upgrade option, enabling them to benefit from the improved detection performance of the new HD cameras with their current solution.

Quality control camera for food makers

The Wenglor weQube Smart Camera is based on the MultiCore technology and combines image processing with 1D/2D code scanning, and can basically do everything. 

The compact, high performance smart camera offers all the features of an advanced image processing sensor, yet is far more superior. It is the future of the automation industry, opening up a an abundance of new opportunities.  It is suitable for counting objects, reading barcodes and 2D codes, presence control and dimensional accuracy check.

The weQube combines all features and components required for smooth image processing  into its compact housing, including illumination and communication interfaces that are often external components on other cameras. 

 It combines innovative software with five high performance processors for rapid image processing without any loss of time. It offers two different image chip versions of colour and monochrome, and a teach+ function for easy remote maintenance and checking of the system.

The 3D tracking and autofocus provide optimal object detection. The camera has a graphic display and 12 powerful LEDs of red light, white light or infrared light,  in the housing to provide reliable illumination and prevent loss of brightness.

The weQube smart camera allows for versatile and flexible networking with numerous communication interfaces. These include Ethernet, PROFINET, RS-232 and FTP server. It offers a replaceable screening grid and integrated polarisation filter, making it suitable for special applications in rough environments. It offers six free inputs and outputs, an encoder output, a removable micro SD card, an intuitive set-up wizard and a compact IP67 housing.

Mobile paperless HACCP inspection app

Techs4Biz has developed a paperless app for food safety inspectors to make sure their inspection meets safety and HACCP requirements. 

The mobile app takes away the hassle of lugging around packets of papers and clipboards and additional camera. The paperless app works on a variety of mobile devices (such as iOS and Android tablets and smartphones), and the speed and ease it affords saves all stakeholders time and money. 

The new paperless HACCP inspection app addresses the various limitations of conventional paper-based HACCP inspection methods including the laborious paperwork that needs to be manually filled up at every stage of the inspection. 

Apart from taking a lot of time, entering information in a paper form is not only tedious and error-prone but also confusing, especially when the inspection is being conducted in new sites environments.

The new app can help food inspectors use their mobile devices to enter data using pick lists or speech to text; take photos using the mobile device’s in-built camera; capture electronic signature; get real time access to reference material such as instructions, previous inspection history, and relevant standards (e.g ISO 22000); send completed report and images back to the office in real-time; automatically generate reports on the spot and send to clients; and follow up on required corrective actions.

Techs4Biz’s paperless HACCP inspection solution has been specifically configured to suit the inspection requirements of any type of food safety program including pest control, food handling, sanitation checks, equipment calibration, personal hygiene and many more.