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March 2020

Editor’s pickNEC and Kagome to provide AI-enabled services that improve tomato yields

31-03-2020

NEC Corporation has inked a strategic partnership agreement with Kagome to launch agricultural management support services utilising artificial intelligence (AI) for tomato processing companies. The new service leverages on NEC’s AI-enabled agricultural information and communications technology (ICT), CropScope, to visualize tomato growth …

Smart packaging enhances food safety and security

27-03-2020

StePac’s modified atmosphere packaging promotes fresh food safety and security during COVID-19 outbreak. The European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) called on the European Commission on Mar 20 to recognise packaging as an essential component in maintaining the flow of product groups that the Commission has …

Probi and Viva5 announce joint venture to address growing market segments

26-03-2020

Swedish probiotic provide Probi has entered a strategic joint venture with Viva5 Group, a health and wellness company based in the US. The joint venture VivaPro is aimed at addressing the global market in probiotic related business areas, and will focus on exploring, researching and co-developing products in probiotic related market segments …

Flexicon introduces ultra-high capacity bulk bag filling system

26-03-2020

A new sanitary bulk bag filling system from Flexicon features dual Swing-Down fillers fed by high capacity weigh hoppers, achieving fill rates of up to 40 bulk bags per hour. The filler design simultaneously lowers and pivots each fill head into a vertically-oriented position that places the inflatable spout connection collar, inflator button, …

Azelis enters new distribution agreement with Merck for Vietnam

25-03-2020

Azelis has sealed a new distribution agreement with Merck, which will see the former carrying Merck Performance Materials’ complete range in Vietnam for personal care; coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE); food and health; and industrial chemicals. This partnership is an extension of existing distribution agreements between …

Festo develops new compact rotary gripper module EHMD

25-03-2020

The compact rotary gripper module EHMD from Festo is designed for applications where small objects need to be gripped and turned in confined spaces. For instance, it can be used in laboratory automation to open small sample vials with ease. The Z module automatically adjusts to the thread pitches of the caps, eliminating the need for head or …

Romaco Noack introduces Unity 600 blister packaging line

24-03-2020

This monobloc transfer solution is designed for blister formats arranged crosswise to the running direction. Compact – carbon neutral – digital: the Romaco Noack Unity 600 blister packaging line is a monobloc transfer solution that is designed for blister formats arranged crosswise to the running direction. With a maximum output of …