FDBusiness.com

Technology So Advanced You Don’t See It…

 Breaking News
  • Parmalat Acquires Canadian Natural Cheese Division of Kraft Heinz For €1.1 Billion Parmalat, the Italian dairy group, is acquiring Kraft Heinz Canada’s division that produces and markets Kraft’s natural cheese products, mainly under the Cracker Barrel, P’tit Quebec and aMOOza brands, for C$1.62 billion (€1.1 billion). Net revenue generated by the business being acquired amounted to about C$560 million (€374 million) in 2017. The acquired business includes [...]...
  • Lantmännen Unibake Expands in Australia The international bakery group Lantmännen Unibake has signed an agreement to acquire the Australian pastry manufacturer Bakery du Jour. The acquisition is an important step to expand Lantmännen Unibake’s global footprint. Family-owned Bakery du Jour was founded more than 20 years ago and is a leading supplier of premium pastry products to major Australian retailers as [...]...
  • Leading Global Online Grocery Markets to Create a $227 Billion Growth Opportunity by 2023 Ten leading global online grocery markets are predicted to experience combined growth of $227 billion, at an annual rate of 20%, by 2023, according to new figures unveiled by IGD. As the global leader in grocery eCommerce, China will grow at a 31% CAGR over the next five years, taking market share from 3.8% to 11.2%. [...]...
  • Agr’s New Multi-head Coating Measurement System Performs Body and Finish Coating Measurements in One Operation Agr International recently announced the introduction of the Combined Coating Measurement System (CCMS) for measuring metallic coatings on both the finish and body regions of glass containers. This totally new device provides operators with a one-stop, single operation testing station for measuring tin oxide coatings applied to the container during the production process. This system utilizes [...]...
  • PepsiCo to Acquire Pipers Crisps PepsiCo intends to acquire premium crisps brand Pipers, subject to approval from the UK Competition and Markets Authority. PepsiCo plans to accelerate the growth of the Pipers business in the UK and will continue to develop the export of its products. The kettle-cooked, gourmet crisp brand will complement PepsiCo’s existing savoury snacks portfolio, with Pipers’ award-winning [...]...

Technology So Advanced You Don’t See It…

April 06
11:35 2014

AYR, Scotland, April 9, 2014 – Neogen has introduced an advanced ATP hygiene monitoring system that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to make testing in a facility much easier, and an updated software program to simplify data creation and interpretation.

Neogen’s AccuPoint® 2 Hygiene Monitoring System features the newest advancement in ATP monitoring, RFID technology. The technology involves two components: an antenna and RFID tags. The tags are passive, which means they give off no signal on their own. They simply reflect the RFID signal back to the instrument with their specific code, which is linked to the appropriate test site grouping. To keep from being a potential point of contamination, the RFID tags, which are about the size of a euro/pound coin, have been inserted into a 15 cm x 15 cm, brightly coloured sign.

 

“The RFID technology is the ‘wow’ factor of the newest ATP systems. We’ve tried to move the design of the day’s test plan from the manager’s computer to the instrument,” said Steve Chambers, Neogen Europe Ltd.’s Sales & Marketing Director. “In the past, you would have

to create a daily test plan on a computer and upload it to the instrument, then toggle and scroll, and toggle and scroll some more to get to the appropriate test site before you could test the site — for every site you tested. We’ve eliminated all that. With just one swipe the instrument can be ready to test.”

 

The user simply swipes the instrument near the tag and the site group is read automatically. From there, the instrument picks test sites within the site group automatically at random.  If the facility has chosen to designate some test sites as mandatory, meaning they are “hot spots” or sites that need to be tested each time, those are presented first and appear in red on the instrument’s display.

 

“We’ve simply adapted the latest RFID technology that’s being used in everything from inventory tracking to cattle identification to keyless applications access and figured out a way to automate some of the things that our customers were telling us take up too much of their time” said Neogen’s Steve Chambers.

A daily test plan can be developed to monitor the effectiveness of the facility’s cleaning program by testing any or all of the points. Because most facilities have more critical control points than can be realistically tested on a daily basis, in the past supervisors had no other choice but to take the time to attempt to tailor daily test plans to best ensure the overall cleanliness of the facility.

With today’s ATP monitoring systems, all a supervisor has to do is identify test sites just once as either being mandatory, meaning they are tested every day, or as being of lower risk, which means the sites

are among those that are tested on a random basis. With this information, a test plan can be automatically created on a daily basis — completely eliminating the supervisor’s once daily responsibility.

Not only have the latest ATP monitoring systems greatly improved upon the creation of test plans and the actual testing, but the analyzing of the collected data has seen numerous advancements since ATP technology was first used.

“We are in the information age and it’s really about how or what we do with the information that is important. Whether that information is used to comply with the seemingly endless global food safety regulatory initiatives, or simply finding a way to better produce your products,” said Chambers. “The goal is to make sense of the data that is collected. Data collected through an ATP program is meaningless unless it can be interpreted, and used to help modify cleaning programs to produce unerringly effective results — the ultimate goal of hygiene efforts.”

Neogen’s newest ATP monitoring systems can easily produce results that display:
• Results by test sites

• Results by test site groups

• Results ranked by highest percentage of fails

• Results by date ranges

• Trends by monthly averages

AccuPoint 2 with RFID technology will revolutionise your hygiene monitoring process by removing paperwork both on the factory floor and in report building. It will reduce staff training and improve your process by prioritising areas that are deemed mandatory for testing. It will also highlight to your customers or prospective partners that you are serious about your hygiene monitoring.

Neogen Europe Ltd., the European subsidiary of Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG), is a high technology business dedicated to the development and marketing of novel diagnostic kits. These kits focus on topical concerns about the quality and safety of food and agricultural products, from the quality of seed that goes into the ground, right through the chain to the safety of fully processed food products. Neogen Europe has been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for international trade and development, one of the highest awards bestowed on a UK company.

About Author

admin

admin

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • November 21, 2018expoSE European Asparagus and Strawberry Fair
  • November 27, 2018Health Ingredients Europe
  • November 28, 2018FOOD & LIFE
  • December 3, 2018P&P 2018
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements