keyboard_arrow_upEffective control – from ingredients to retail shelves
keyboard_arrow_downEffective control – from ingredients to retail shelves

Matrix Software offers two custom manufacturing software solutions for most processing and manufacturing plants in the food, beverage and meat industries. Branded as Meat Matrix and Food Matrix, the technology is a must-have solution for any industry where stock control, yield management, traceability, productivity and cost margins are a necessity. The software is developed in […]

keyboard_arrow_upTomra announce successful half-year performance
keyboard_arrow_downTomra announce successful half-year performance

The company has announced a positive six months trading since the start of 2017 thanks to the successful launch of three sorting platforms, new senior management appointments and the implementation of an enhanced customer support service.

keyboard_arrow_upIpex launches an innovation centre
keyboard_arrow_downIpex launches an innovation centre

Ipex Machinery (Ipex), the South African representative of Wittmann Battenfeld hosted an open house from 21 to 23 August. This was to mark the official opening of its new Technology Centre at its Johannesburg premises.

keyboard_arrow_upID Logistics invests in technology
keyboard_arrow_downID Logistics invests in technology

ID Logistics South Africa, part of the global group that specialises in contract logistics, has recently embarked on a secondary transport optimisation programme to decrease costs and improve efficiencies across the operation.

keyboard_arrow_upThe future of maintaining supply chain integrity
keyboard_arrow_downThe future of maintaining supply chain integrity

Are you 100 per cent sure the food in your kitchen is not counterfeit? Overseas counterfeiters have diversified from fake designer handbags to food, trying to pass off poorer quality grown produce as genuine brands.

keyboard_arrow_upBetter supply chains will help turn SA business around
keyboard_arrow_downBetter supply chains will help turn SA business around

As South Africa slips into recession following two consecutive quarters of negative growth, supply chain experts met in Cape Town at the SAPICS event to share ways of keeping business competitive in a volatile but tech-enhanced world.

keyboard_arrow_upPyrotec PackMark’s intuitive case coding
keyboard_arrow_downPyrotec PackMark’s intuitive case coding

Pyrotec’s machinery division, Pyrotec PackMark has launched the 4500 Drop on Demand (DOD) Valve Jet coder from Markem-Imaje, a global manufacturer of product identification and traceability solutions.

keyboard_arrow_upSAP launches rural sourcing management solution
keyboard_arrow_downSAP launches rural sourcing management solution

SAP has announced the launch of its SAP Rural Sourcing Management solution solution. The system will connect smallholder farmers and suppliers in rural areas with the supply chain of global agribusinesses and consumer products companies. SAP Rural Sourcing Management is an integrated, cloud-based solution running on a SAP Cloud Platform. This solution enables agribusinesses and consumer products companies to track their produce from the farm to the factory through a combination of mobile and desktop access. It also supports the digitisation and simplification of both producer and farmer operations.

keyboard_arrow_upNew synthetic high-temperature grease for food and industry
keyboard_arrow_downNew synthetic high-temperature grease for food and industry

High production temperatures in the food industry, for example in ovens, proofing cabinets, conveyors or motors, put considerable strain on the bearings. Klüber Lubrication has now succeeded in developing a new high- temperature grease for a wide range of applications in the food industry, which is able to realise its full potential at permanent temperatures of up to 160 degrees Celsius. This was made possible by using an innovative, FDA-approved polyurea thickener developed by Klüber Lubrication. The new high-temperature bearing grease Klüberfood NH1 74-401 is NSF H1-registered and certified according to ISO 21469.

keyboard_arrow_upFreezing economics 101
keyboard_arrow_downFreezing economics 101

Finding new ways of making freezing technology more economical is a key aim for JBT, the global technology equipment supplier to the food processing industry.

keyboard_arrow_upMultihead weigher solution for sticky mushrooms
keyboard_arrow_downMultihead weigher solution for sticky mushrooms

French mushroom supplier, Borde recently installed an Ishida screwfeeder multihead weigher at its facility for handling sticky, dried and frozen mushrooms.

keyboard_arrow_upValue-for-money weighers will be showcased at Propak East Africa
keyboard_arrow_downValue-for-money weighers will be showcased at Propak East Africa

Weighing solutions that enable African food manufacturers to become more competitive will form the highlight of the Ishida Europe stand at Propak East Africa.  The company says the accuracy, speed and reliability of its new value-for-money CHW multihead weigher and DACS-EL checkweigher models help eliminate product giveaway and increase throughput. This allows more packs to be produced and the delivery of higher yields for each production run.

keyboard_arrow_upAn introduction to packaging produced from tomato plant fibres
keyboard_arrow_downAn introduction to packaging produced from tomato plant fibres

Pure Hothouse Foods Inc, a Canadian grower, shipper and marketer of greenhouse grown vegetables recently introduced its new Cloud 9 snacking tomato brand, which the company says contains high-flavour tomato. To pack this new tomato brand, Pure Hothouse Foods used solid board enriched with tomato plant fibres, produced by SOLIDUS SOLUTIONS, a manufacturer of solid board and solid board packaging.

keyboard_arrow_upDire need for innovative thinkers in plastic sector
keyboard_arrow_downDire need for innovative thinkers in plastic sector

Plastics|SA hosted its 2016 annual general meeting in Midrand on 16 November to conclude the years activities. At the event, Plastics|SA Chairman Bernhard Mahl highlighted the importance of innovation in the industry. He challenged attendees to get out of a survival mindset, and into a growth mindset through a conscious commitment to innovation.

keyboard_arrow_upAdvanced control for compact machines
keyboard_arrow_downAdvanced control for compact machines

Omron’s NX1 Sysmac entry-level machine controller not only integrates EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT connectivity but also motion control, and I/O (Input/Output) in one compact package.

keyboard_arrow_upInnovative reclosable lid technology for packaging lines
keyboard_arrow_downInnovative reclosable lid technology for packaging lines

Synerlink, a leader in form-fill-seal (FFS) packaging lines for fresh dairy and the dessert market, has introduced an innovative reclosable lid technology called SnapLid on its Arcil FFS line.

keyboard_arrow_upA sweet tradition
keyboard_arrow_downA sweet tradition

German confectioner Jahnke has increased product quality and saving up to 60 per cent energy with updated confectionery production lines from Bosch. Headquartered in Kaltenkirchen, Germany since 1989, the company’s confections continue to be produced at its sole manufacturing facility according to traditional recipes with the help of the latest production methods.

keyboard_arrow_upTomra reveals latest food sorting innovation
keyboard_arrow_downTomra reveals latest food sorting innovation

The new Tomra 5B has been launched at the SIAL show. The technology is ideal for use in the vegetable, fresh cut and potato industries.

keyboard_arrow_upHenkel accomplishes sustainable line conversion at frozen food manufacturer
keyboard_arrow_downHenkel accomplishes sustainable line conversion at frozen food manufacturer

Experts from adhesives manufacturer Henkel supported Greenland Seafood by planning and managing the conversion of their packaging lines to the high-performance hotmelt adhesive Technomelt Supra 100 and the Nordson ProBlue Liberty System. The sustainable line conversion was accomplished as a running change within two weeks, with no loss of production and with full target achievement.

keyboard_arrow_upMultipack technology
keyboard_arrow_downMultipack technology

At All4Pack 2016, from 14-17 November, KHS GmbH will be presenting current highlights in plastic and secondary packaging, along with the latest innovations for PET bottle applications.

keyboard_arrow_upEat your packaging
keyboard_arrow_downEat your packaging

To address issues of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, scientists are now developing a packaging film made of milk proteins — and it is even edible. The researchers presented their work at the 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

keyboard_arrow_upVeolia refurbishes Ceres’ effluent treatment plant
keyboard_arrow_downVeolia refurbishes Ceres’ effluent treatment plant

Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently refurbished the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) effluent treatment plant that processes effluent generated by Ceres’ Fruit Processors and Fruit Juices facilities in the Western Cape.

keyboard_arrow_upGo for the crisp
keyboard_arrow_downGo for the crisp

Crisp Sensation’s successful crumb-coating technology is now available in Asia. This game-changer for crumb-coated foods guarantees crispiness for hours and enables manufacturers to create premium frozen or chilled snacks with excellent properties. The first products in Europe to use Crisp Sensation’s innovative technology won several retail and consumer awards, and increased both profitability and turnover.

keyboard_arrow_upBosch presents sealed paper packaging for dry food
keyboard_arrow_downBosch presents sealed paper packaging for dry food

Bosch Packaging Technology (Bosch) and BillerudKorsnäs developed one of the world´s first sealed paper packaging technologies. Instead of using polymer film, a new solution enables production of dust-tight packaging for dry products such as sugar, grains, flour or powders. This is achieved with the use of sustainable mono-material paper, which contains no additional polymer fractions.

keyboard_arrow_upAwarding the next generation of packaging innovations
keyboard_arrow_downAwarding the next generation of packaging innovations

DuPont has announced its 2016 Awards for Packaging Innovation, recognising companies that have responded to worldwide demand for improvements in customer product experiences and sustainability. It also honoured those that incorporated simpler messaging and cost-efficient production technologies.

keyboard_arrow_upSuccessful development of new dosing system to speed up filling processes
keyboard_arrow_downSuccessful development of new dosing system to speed up filling processes

In cooperation with Dresden University of Technology (TUD), the packaging specialist Teepack developed a highly dynamic cup dosing system over the past three years. The innovative solution dramatically increases the filling speed of products like rice, couscous, linseeds or coffee beans.

keyboard_arrow_upTaking nanomaterials from blue skies to industry-enabler
keyboard_arrow_downTaking nanomaterials from blue skies to industry-enabler

Nanomaterials, incorporated into disposable paper-based sensors, plastics and other composite materials, represent an enabling technology for industries in South Africa and the world. This is according to Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray, director of the DST-CSIR National Centre for Nanostructured Materials. The centre has garnered international acclaim for its work on naturally-occurring nanoclay minerals that are mined in the country.

keyboard_arrow_upAmcor packaging wins three Alufoil trophies
keyboard_arrow_downAmcor packaging wins three Alufoil trophies

The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) has selected three Amcor packaging solutions as winners of an Alufoil Trophy 2016 in the categories of consumer convenience, technical innovation, and resource efficiency.

keyboard_arrow_upDouble-decker trailers improve efficiencies
keyboard_arrow_downDouble-decker trailers improve efficiencies

A recent logistics survey conducted by KPMG concluded that South Africa’s supply chains have moved beyond survival to optimised mode. Costs, inventories and lead times have been minimised within individual supply chain functions.

keyboard_arrow_upHygienic pumping with more efficiency and less noise
keyboard_arrow_downHygienic pumping with more efficiency and less noise

Based on the market-leading Alfa Laval LKH pump range, the new Alfa Laval LKH Prime is an efficient, versatile and hygienic self-priming pump.