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New Product Reviews: Rheometers, Temperature Data Logger, and More
The SCORPION 2 LITE Temperature Profiling Package measures and monitors temperature levels in commercial ovens, cooling tunnels, freezers, and dryers. The package consists of a SCORPION 2 LITE Data Logger and a Temperature Interface that can measure 10 temperatures at user defined positions in a thermal process. Developed primarily for producers in the baked snack food industry, the system has demonstrated potential for application in a range of manufacturing environments that utilize a continuous conveyor process, such as meat processing, nut processing, and aluminum can production. Reading Thermal, 610-678-5890, www.readingthermal.com.
Kinetex Core-Shell Biphenyl HPLC/UHPLC columns give researchers the ideal orthogonal selectivity to traditional C18 phases. This new phase is suitable for a range of complex-mixture analyses in clinical research and forensic toxicology and food and environmental testing. Kinetex Biphenyl is initially available in 2.6µm and 5µm with a 1.7µm option expected next. In addition to 100% aqueous stability and enhanced polar basic selectivity, the Kinetex 2.6 µm Biphenyl offers versatility for HPLC/UHPLC methods while the Kinetex 5 µm Biphenyl offers ideal HPLC performance at low backpressures. Phenomenex Inc., 310-212-0555, www.phenomenex.com.
Temperature Data Logger
The T&D Food Core Temperature Data Logger features a water and oil-proof design and complies with HACCP regulations. A clear LCD shows current temperatures, battery level, and more. With one push of a button, the device records temperature, measurement time, item, and makes a judgment result by checking whether the measurement is within the preset upper/lower limits. The data logger can automatically collect and send recorded data to a designated email address or an FTP server over a wireless and LAN network. It can also be used in conjunction with T&D RTR-500 series loggers, which can measure and monitor ambient temperatures in both indoor and outdoor environments. CAS DataLoggers, Inc., 800-956-4437, www.dataloggerinc.com.
The potato strips Sort-to-Grade feature is now available for all belt-driven G6 optical sorters, including Manta, Optyx, and Tegra. This software-driven intelligence enables sorters to grade by count, accepting or rejecting each defective piece to control the quality of output to a defined grade, as stated by the processor. With Sort-to-Grade capability, accept/reject decisions consider how potentially passing a particular defect, based on its size and color, will affect the overall final product quality in comparison to the processor’s specifications. It objectively sorts by count in real-time with 100% inspection. Key Technology, Inc., 509-529-2161, www.key.net.
Enhanced Beverage Quality Program
The NSF program that provides testing and certification of packaged beverages, bottled water, packaged ice, and flavored beverages to verify compliance with national and global standards has updated its evaluation criteria. These are now more risk-based and support GFSI standards, FSMA requirements, and HACCP. NSF International is offering bundled audits so that when a GFSI audit is undertaken, the product certification requirements can be covered during the same visit. An additional certification focusing on the environmental stewardship of a bottler’s source water is also an option. NSF International, 734-769-8010, www.nsf.org.
Apex Egg Defoam Plus is a fast-acting, non-silicone, free-rinsing defoamer that can be used in both alkaline and acid cleaning operations. It’s clear and colorless, and doesn’t leave an objectionable odor. It is highly concentrated and extremely dilutable in water at 1:1000 up to 1:5000. Defoamer is available in 55-gallon drums or 275-gallon totes. Zep Inc., 877-428-9937, www.zep.com.
Brookfield adds three new instruments into its touch-screen family of rheometers: the RST-CPS Cone Plate Rheometer, the RST-CC Coaxial Cylinder Rheometer, and the RST-SST Soft Solids Tester Rheometer. They operate in both controlled stress and controlled rate modes and can perform of the following tests: viscoelastic modulus, yield stress, viscosity versus shear rate profile, thixotropy calculation, creep behavior, recovery after flow, and temperature sensitivity. Every rheometer offers a wide torque range to handle a range of sample materials. The rugged design allows for use in R&D, working in the QC lab, or on the production floor. Brookfield Engineering, 800-628-8139, www.brookfieldengineering.com.
Safety Training for Retail Industry
The Food Safety Training Solution provides the retail food sector a comprehensive set of training tools to ensure food safety and maintain regulatory compliance. This is achieved by providing best practices of instructional design and proven adult training methodology. Offered through UL EduNeering business line, key components of UL’s training solution can lead to building a robust culture around food safety. Components include preparing participants to sit for one of the ANSI Accredited Food Protection Manager Certification Exams and offering modules specific to sections of the FDA Food Code. UL (Underwriters Laboratories), www.UL.com.
The MaxSignal Amantadine ELISA Test Kit detects amantadine residues in meat (chicken, beef, and pork). The test kit, with detection limits of 0.25 ppb in meat, is based on a competitive colorimetric ELISA assay. Amantadine residue present in the sample will compete for HRP-conjugated antibodies against amantadine, preventing the amantadine-HRP from binding to the antibody attached to the well. The resulting color intensity, after addition of the HRP substrate (TMB), has an inverse relationship with the concentration of amantadine residue in the sample. Bioo Scientific, 888-208-2246, www.biooscientific.com.