Herndon, Va.; May 24, 2024 In an inspiring display of support for the next generation of innovators, members of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, have joined forces to sponsor student teams in two FIRST Robotics Competitions — the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge. These competitions provide high school students with invaluable opportunities to develop and showcase their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The FIRST Robotics Competitions offer an exceptional platform for students to develop critical skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership while gaining hands-on experience in engineering projects. By providing resources, mentorship, and financial assistance, PMMI member companies are investing in the future workforce, helping to create a memorable and nurturing environment where students can explore their interest in robotics, engineering, and science as well as potential career paths within packaging and processing and with PMMI member companies.

Through the PMMI U Skills Fund, PMMI matched all the funds from these member companies, ensuring their contributions went even further in helping these teams advance in the competitions.

PMMI member companies have generously sponsored the following teams, enabling them to compete and excel in these prestigious events:

FIRST Robotics Competition:

•    Techno Titans 1683, sponsored by Nordson Corporation
•    Tech For Kids 3990, sponsored by NJM Packaging
•    Sabre Robotics 6045, sponsored by Massman Automation
•    CIS Robotics 4607, sponsored by Delta ModTech
•    Team Rush 27, sponsored by Applied Manufacturing Technologies
•    Malvern Prep 1168, sponsored by All-Fill Inc.
•    MadTown Robotics 1323, sponsored by ADCO Manufacturing
•    RoboHawks 346, sponsored by Blueprint Automation (BPA)

FIRST Tech Challenge:

•  Hawk Robotics — The Ryken Force19460, sponsored by Econocorp, Inc.

These teams have demonstrated remarkable creativity, teamwork, and technical prowess throughout the competition season.

"We are incredibly proud of the dedication and achievements of these student teams and the exceptional support of our member companies," said Kate Fiorianti, director of Workforce Development at PMMI. "Their support not only empowers these students to reach their potential but also underscores our industry's commitment to education, raising awareness of careers in the industry and opportunities with our member companies."

The FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge are international competitions that inspire young people to be leaders in science and technology by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build STEM skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

For more information about PMMI and its initiatives through The PMMI Foundation to support education and workforce development, please visit



CALGARY, Alberta, May 23, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Protein Industries Canada announced a new project with Lupin Platform, PURIS Holdings and YOSO Canada to expand the Canadian lupin ecosystem by increasing opportunities for farmers and ingredient processors and bringing new plant-based protein products to market. The project will support adoption of lupin in Canada, including helping farmer adoption through improved agronomy, increasing ingredient processors’ access to alternative feedstocks, and supplying consumers and manufacturers with new plant-based protein sources.

“This Protein Industries Cluster project, led by Lupin Platform and its partners, will drive new opportunities for Canadians and bring more plant-based food options to market,” stated the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “This project will not only boost Canada’s economic advantage and foster strong supply chains but also has potential for meaningfully impacting Canada’s food landscape for generations to come.”

Lupin Platform and PURIS will build off their work from a previous Protein Industries Canada supported project, bringing in their new partner, YOSO, to collectively elevate the profile, utilization and distribution of Canadian-grown lupin and associated products. Together, they will develop, scale-up and improve new and existing CPG products and ingredients, including plant-based egg and dairy products, flour and flour-based bakery mixes, and a B2B ready-to-mix powder.

“De-risking innovation is crucial to fostering a more dynamic marketplace for growers, processors and manufacturers alike. Investments into this type of platform technology will help Canada reach our goal of a $25 billion ingredient processing and food manufacturing sector,” CEO of Protein Industries Canada Bill Greuel said.

The project will see $6.2 million co-invested into the expansion of the lupin value chain to establish the crop as a viable and economically sound choice for Canadian farmers, optimized processes for cleaning, dehulling and milling of lupin, and into the development, scale-up and improvement of new ingredient and CPG products. Protein Industries Canada will invest $2.6 million, with the partners investing the remainder.

“I am thrilled to embark on the second round of the Protein Industries Canada project,” states Tristan Choi, CEO of Lupin Platform Inc. “Reflecting on the triumphs of our earlier milestones, we are poised to advance even further, enhancing agronomic practices for farmers, and broadening the scope of lupin ingredient characterization for consumers. This journey with lupin isn't merely about discovering new flavors; it represents a commitment to sustainability, nutrition, and versatility. By integrating lupin into our diets, we are embracing an ingredient with the power to transform the way we think about food. “

”PURIS is committed to a more sustainable food system. Through our consumer branded AcreMade® products, we are developing egg alternatives that harness the power of plants. By combining pea protein and lupin flour we are creating products that have all the function of hen eggs but with the added benefits of being cholesterol free, non-GMO, top 9 allergen free and great tasting, all while supporting a more sustainable food system that's powered by plants,” said Jake Achterhoff, Executive Director of AcreMade.

“As a Canadian family business pioneering plant-based cultured foods and beverages, my team and I are excited about developing the next generation of plant-based cultured foods using Canadian-grown lupin,” Chief Technical Officer of YOSO Erik Lo said.

Protein Industries Canada is one of Canada’s five Global Innovation Clusters. Protein Industries Canada and our members are working to embrace the $25 billion opportunity presented by Canada’s ingredient manufacturing, food processing and bio-product sector. Projects such as these add value to, and create new markets for, Canadian crops, generating local jobs and supporting new economic development in locations across Canada. More information can be found at


Detection Technology, a global leader in X-ray detector solutions, has launched indium gallium zinc oxide thin-film transistor (IGZO-TFT) flat panel detectors (FPD) to enhance dental imaging. The new additions to the company’s FPD portfolio include X-Panel 1717z FDM for cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and panoramic imaging, and X-Panel 3030z FDM-TG-X for CBCT.

The X-Panel 1717z FDM marks a significant advancement in dental imaging technology as it addresses the industry's need for larger detectors with an improved cost—performance ratio. By integrating IGZO-TFT technology with a generous 17 cm x 17 cm imaging area, the company has unlocked new potential for CBCT and panoramic imaging.

"We are proud to introduce the X-Panel 1717z FDM, which features the largest active area and the fastest frame rate in its class. By harnessing the power of IGZO-TFT technology, we are able to offer dental OEMs a comprehensive solution that combines large field of view, superior image quality, a fast frame rate, and reduced patient dose, ultimately enhancing diagnostic capabilities," says Tuomas Holma, Director of Product Management of the Medical Business Unit at Detection Technology.

Key features of the X-Panel 1717z FDM include:

Large imaging area: With an expansive 17 cm x 17 cm active area, the X-Panel 1717z FDM enables multiple options for field of view, catering to diverse clinical applications.

Fast frame rate: Offering a frame rate of 35 frames per second (1x1), this detector ensures quicker scans with reduced motion artifacts, enhancing diagnostic efficiency.

Integrated panoramic imaging: Eliminating the need for a separate panoramic sensor, the X-Panel 1717z FDM delivers seamless panoramic imaging with a speed of over 300 frames per second, resulting in sharper images.

Excellent low dose performance: Leveraging IGZO-TFT technology, this detector delivers superior low dose performance, prioritizing patient safety without compromising image quality.

With a pixel size of 111 µm, a pixel matrix of 1536 x 1536, and multiple gain modes, the detector solution offers unmatched versatility and performance in dental imaging. Engineers evaluating this product will appreciate its compatibility with both Windows and Linux-based operating systems and its seamless integration into existing imaging systems.

"With this launch we are further expanding our IGZO-TFT portfolio for dental imaging. Additionally, we are starting sales of another large FOV flat panel detector for CBCT. The X-Panel 3030z FDM-TG-X features an imaging area size of 30 cm x 30 cm with 99 µm pixel size and a speed of 40 fps for full image resolution and 200 fps for 8 mm panoramic strip."

“We are well on the way of creating a complete portfolio of IGZO-TFT and CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) detectors for dental imaging. Our CMOS-based 2D sensors are optimized for panoramic and cephalometric imaging. Building a consistent offering based on both technologies, we are always able to find the best fit for our customers. This makes us stand out from our competitors."

These and other TFT flat panels are now available for purchase worldwide. For more information on pricing, availability, and technical specifications, please contact the Detection Technology sales.


MONTRÉAL and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 21, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rogers Sugar Inc. (the “Corporation” or “Rogers Sugar”) (TSX: RSI) is pleased to announce that it has published its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report.

The ESG report can be found on the Rogers Sugar website at



NEW BREMEN, Ohio (May 21, 2024) – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, today announced the availability of the Crown SP 1500 Series order picker. The lift truck introduces innovative design features, such as the industry’s first mid-platform window and industry-leading lift and lower speeds, that enhance operator safety and make order picking easier and more efficient.

Visibility is a foundation of operator confidence and productivity and the Crown SP 1500 Series provides exceptional views even when fully elevated. The industry’s first mid-platform window, centered between the operator controls, provides a view of the floor below when the platform is raised. This is combined with a large upper window that offers a wide view of pedestrians, objects and other equipment, as well as openings in the center and on each side of the floorboard to provide clear views directly below. An optional large panoramic window above the operator provides clear sightlines to pick locations and overhead obstructions, resulting in clear all-around visibility for the operator.

“Every element of the Crown SP 1500 Series is designed to work together with the operator to optimize the order picking process. By enabling seamless interaction between operator and lift truck, the lift truck’s design helps boost safety, efficiency and productivity,” said Chris Grote, senior product manager, Crown Equipment. “We do this by providing unmatched visibility at height, industry-leading lift and lower speeds, and intuitive blending of truck functions within a customizable, operator-centric compartment we call Op-Zone.”

The SP 1500 Series also offers exceptional stability at height and outstanding lift and lower performance to complete tasks quickly and confidently. The lift truck is capable of traveling at 7.5 mph, with standard lift speeds of 71 fpm for the 24v, 115 for the 36v and 140 for the 48v. The Xpress Lower™ option raises lowering speeds from 80 fpm up to 205 fpm for the 36v and 48v lift truck options, and 110 fpm for the 24v lift truck.

Op-Zone, the operator-centric compartment, can be customized to meet individual operator preferences and application requirements and to boost operational efficiency. Newly designed ergonomic controls allow for seamless blending of truck functions combined with an optional capability to provide independent height adjustability so operators can adjust control height to their individual preference. Together with the dual-position tiller knob, they allow operators the flexibility to work from an optimal position throughout their shifts. The compartment also can be fitted with a variety of Work Assist accessories to support operators as they tackle a wide variety of tasks in a dynamic order picking environment.

An underlying force supporting the Crown SP 1500 Series’ operator-centric experience is the Gena® operating system. This transformational lift truck operating system delivers a customizable, interactive, data-rich user experience to enhance supply chain performance. The intuitive system provides users with real-time, actionable data relevant to the task at hand, including safety reminders accompanied by illustrations and widgets that display key operating metrics like battery state of charge, hour meter and height indicator.

“Crown helps its customers understand that implementing an integrated, holistic approach to lift truck safety is key to creating and maintaining a culture where safety is top of mind,” said Grote. “As the Crown SP 1500 Series demonstrates, equipment design is a significant component of this comprehensive approach.”

The Crown SP 1500 Series includes Crown’s patented OnTrac® anti-slip traction control system that reduces slippage or wheelspin whenever the lift truck is accelerating, plugging or braking on wet or dusty floors. Customized energy solutions for the order picker are available, based on a range of V-Force® lead acid or lithium-ion batteries and chargers, to meet customer application and infrastructure requirements.

For more information on how Crown helps companies create and maintain strong safety-first cultures, visit Crown’s safety page, view Crown’s e-book, “An Integrated Approach to Forklift Safety,” and visit the Training section of


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