Matthews to showcase top five solutions at foodpro

Matthews Australasia will demonstrate a range of coding, labelling, inspection and integration solutions at foodpro, all designed to allow manufacturers to understand what is happening on the production line.

“Having this information is vital to driving continuous improvement and enhancing a business’s profits,” said Mark Dingley, Matthews’ GM of operations.

“Attendees will see new models on our stand, where we’ll showcase the latest technologies, but we’ll also be showing how humble, end-of-line equipment — such as ‘ordinary’ coding, labelling, marking and inspection devices — can be integrated with a business’s existing systems to deliver real-time intelligent insights. This is where the real power lies to improve business performance: information, delivered immediately, thus allowing perceptive decisions to quickly be made.”

Five solutions Matthews will showcase:

  • Inkjet: Continuous inkjet coders (CIJ) are suitable for marking irregularly shaped products and high-speed lines in food, beverage and grocery with graphics (such as logos) and text. They code variable information, including date codes, batch numbers, promotional codes, serialisation codes and product-identification codes.
  • TTO: Matthews will also demonstrate its Linx thermal transfer overprinters (TTOs), coding on to flexible packaging films and self-adhesive labels. TTOs are suitable for date/batch codes, logos, product descriptions, ingredients lists, nutritional panels and fully compliant high-density barcodes. TTOs print easily onto generic film packaging, so are a cost-effective printing solution, especially for snack foods, confectionary and fresh produce. 
  • Serialisation: Matthews’ serialisation solution makes it more difficult for counterfeiters to sell fake product, because it is difficult to duplicate valid encrypted codes. Serialisation codes are applied during manufacturing using specialised marking technologies.
  • Lasers: Matthews’ laser coding solutions can apply permanent barcodes and human-readable text on primary and secondary packaging, including glass, plastics (such as PET, polystyrene and polypropylene), metal and cardboard. With no consumables and easy implementation, the laser coders are fast and cost-effective, with high quality results.
  • Labelling: Matthews will have a wide range of labelling technologies on display, including Label Printer Applicators (LPA), Label Applicators (LA) and label printers.

Compact industrial cameras

Scitech announces the availability of a new range of compact industrial cameras designed for high speed performance and high frame rates.

Ultra compact by design, the new Ximea XiQ USB3 industrial cameras measure 26.4 x 26.4 x 21.2 mm in dimension and weigh only 27 grams. Performance-wise, the XiQ cameras are 4x times faster than GigE, 5x faster than Firewire and 10x faster than USB 2.0 for machine vision applications.

Key features include a CMOS, global shutter enabling high speed, high frame rates of 500fps at VGA and 90fps at 4Mpix (2048 x 2048) and 170fps at 2Mpix resolutions; compatibility with more than 30 Vision Libraries, Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, ARM, USB3 Vision Standard and more; and option of colour and monochrome versions.

Ximea XiQ USB3 industrial cameras are suitable for a vast range of applications including industrial, manufacturing and factory automation, robotics, food and print inspection, face recognition, automotive crash testing, and rapid process capturing in various sports.

Ishida X-ray technology helps to ensure Greek yogurt quality

A leading yogurt producer in northern Greece relies on the accuracy, versatility and reliability of an Ishida IX-GA-65100 X-ray inspection system to deliver the highest levels of quality control and achieve continuing success in both national and international markets.

Established in 1954 by George Tsinavos in Serres, Macedonia to produce ice cream and other dairy products, Kri Kri has grown over the decades with a full-fledged factory set up in 1987 and an expanded product range including yogurt introduced subsequently. Using milk sourced locally, Kri Kri is able to process and pack its yogurt within 24 hours, requiring just one pasteurisation process.

The Ishida X-ray system forms part of Kri Kri’s in-house stringent quality control procedures and also enables the company to meet the strict requirements of its customers. While the advanced production processes incorporate the highest hygiene levels, it is vital that Kri Kri remains vigilant against potential foreign bodies such as metal, glass or any foreign material that could contaminate the yogurt.

Kri Kri’s extensive product range of plain and fruit yogurts, traditional varieties and a children’s range is packed in pots of various sizes from 150g to 500g. The pots are first filled and then packed into cases before inspection in the Ishida X-ray machine. To accommodate complete cases, the company has opted for the Ishida IX-GA-65100, which is specially designed for larger products.

Ease of use and flexibility are the two major advantages of the Ishida X-ray system for Kri Kri since the broad range of product types and pack sizes typically requires up to four changeovers in each eight-hour shift.

Some of the features include a user-friendly colour touchscreen enabling specifications for each product to be stored in the memory and called up at the touch of a button for fast and simple changeovers; different levels of security in the touchscreen ensuring only designated and trained operators can make adjustments or change settings; and excellent versatility in sensitivity and levels of detection.

The unique Genetic Algorithm (GA) technology uses image data analysis over a number of inspections to achieve an extremely high level of inspection accuracy. This enables Kri Kri to ‘train’ the machine to focus solely on the yogurt contents in each pot, and exclude any external areas. The machine is able to distinguish between the fruit pieces in the fruit yogurts and any unwanted contaminants, as well as mask the small chocolate pieces used as topping for children’s yogurts.

Traceability information provided by the Ishida X-ray inspection system ensures that in the event of any complaint, an image of the pack in question can be retrieved to establish beyond doubt if there was a problem with the contents.

Kri Kri is currently processing around 80-90 tonnes of yogurt per day, with the Ishida X-ray system monitoring approximately 12,000 to 14,000 cups per hour.

The reliability of the IX-GA-65100 has been exceptional with no breakdowns since its installation. The machine is also easy to clean as part of Kri Kri’s regular and strict hygiene procedures.

The Ishida X-ray inspection system is installed in Kri Kri’s new state-of-the-art production and packing line, which was set up following a fire on Christmas Eve 2013 that caused severe damage to its dairy production plant. Given the opportunity to specify the newest and best equipment for the new factory, Kri Kri turned to Ishida and its Greek agent Europack for its X-ray inspection solution.

Ishida equipment is available in Australia through Heat and Control.