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Detection Technology, a global leader in X-ray detector solutions, announces the global availability of a comprehensive range of TFT (thin-film transistor) flat panel detectors. The portfolio includes IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) and a-Si (amorphous silicon) technology-based solutions optimized for medical and industrial applications.

"We are pleased to start worldwide sales of our TFT flat panel detector solutions as the timing is just right. IGZO is replacing CMOS and a-Si technologies in dental CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) applications for large fields of view, fast frame rates, and excellent low-dose performance. In turn, in surgical applications, IGZO will replace image intensifiers and offer improved low dose performance compared to a-Si. We now launch two IGZO detectors for surgical and will expand our portfolio soon to dental applications,” says Tuomas Holma, Director of Product Management of the Medical Business Unit at Detection Technology.

"The industrial market is rapidly changing. New requirements are coming in from the automotive industry, especially for inspection of large castings, electronics, and batteries. We have been pioneers in providing CT and line scan solutions for industrial customers and are now even better positioned to serve them with the addition of TFT flat panel detectors. We kick off global sales with a range of dynamic a-Si detectors that provide high resolution, large field of view, fast frame rates, and excellent radiation hardness for inline DR and CT applications. We are also launching a static a-Si panel for component counting. We are ambitious, and our TFT detector portfolio for industrial is also about to expand,” says Tomi Fält, Director of Product management of the Industrial Business Unit at Detection Technology.

At present, the portfolio includes the following sellable items:

X-Panel 2323z FDM, a dynamic IGZO X-ray flat panel detector, optimized for mobile C-arms, image intensifier (II) replacement, and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)

X-Panel 3030z FDM, a dynamic IGZO X-ray flat panel detector, optimized for mobile C-arms, medical CBCT and digital subtraction angiography (DSA)

X-Panel 4343a FQI, an a-Si X-ray flat panel detector, optimized for industrial CBCT and non-destructive testing (NDT)

X-Panel 2530a FQI-XM, an a-Si X-ray flat panel detector, optimized for battery inspection, in-line digital radiography (DR) and computed tomography (CT)

X-Panel 4343a FQI-H, an a-Si X-ray flat panel detector, optimized for high-energy NDT (applications utilizing linear accelerators)

X-Panel 4343a FSI, an a-Si X-ray flat panel detector, optimized for component counting.

“Our state-of-the-art TFT flat panel offering is rapidly evolving. We have numerous different solutions and their variants in the pipeline, and our portfolio will be further expanded for global sales towards the end of this year.”

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

Detection Technology will showcase the key features of its X-Panel portfolio at the upcoming exhibitions. The company will be exhibiting medical solutions at the CMEF show in Shanghai, China on 11—14 April, and solutions optimized for versatile industrial applications at the WCNDT show in Incheon, Korea on 27—31 May.

 
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Regina, Saskatchewan, April 10, 2024 – Canada’s food and beverage manufacturers face a mix of obstacles and optimism for profit margin improvements in the year ahead, according to the latest Food and Beverage Report.

After hitting a record $165 billion in food and beverage manufacturing sales last year, 2024 is expected to see sales moderate in sync with slowing inflation and tighter household budgets.

Despite sector-specific headwinds and changing consumer shopping habits, the overall outlook is more positive. Population growth and stabilizing input costs are two reasons margin improvement is expected in 2024.

“High inflation and interest rate increases over the past two years have put pressure on household budgets, leading to changes in consumer spending habits,” said FCC chief economist, J.P. Gervais in highlighting the evolving consumer landscape. “As a result, Canadians spent less on average on food and beverages in 2023.”

“While changing shopping habits may pose challenges, they also present opportunities for food and beverage manufacturers,” said Gervais. “Taste remains the top consideration for consumers, but price sensitivity has increased, leading processors to innovate and meet evolving consumer demands.”

“FCC Economics is projecting a slight decrease of 1.4 per cent in food and beverage manufacturing sales for 2024. However, we anticipate gross margins to improve by 1.7 per cent on average. One wildcard in our forecasts is the resilience of the U.S. economy, which could lead to growth in exports,” added Gervais.

Many commodity prices have declined which will work their way through the supply chain. These trends are anticipated to continue, boosting margins in 2024.

The report forecasts a decrease in the inflation rate for food purchased at grocery stores, falling below 2.0 per cent this spring and stabilizing around pre-pandemic levels thereafter.

“While challenges persist, 2024 holds promise for Canadian food and beverage manufacturers,” said Gervais. “By adapting to changing consumer preferences and leveraging opportunities presented by population growth, the industry can navigate the year ahead with cautious optimism.”

The annual FCC Food and Beverage Report features insights and analysis on grain and oilseed milling; dairy, meat, sugar, confectionery, bakery and tortilla products; seafood preparation; and fruit, vegetable and specialty foods, as well as soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

By sharing agriculture economic knowledge and forecasts, FCC provides solid insights and expertise to help those in the business of agriculture and food achieve their goals. For more economic insights and analysis, visit FCC Economics at fcc.ca/Economics.

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, dedicated to the industry that feeds the world. FCC employees are committed to the long-standing success of those who produce and process Canadian food by providing flexible financing, AgExpert business management software, information, and knowledge. FCC provides a complement of expertise and services designed to support the complex and evolving needs of food businesses. As a financial Crown corporation, FCC is a stable partner that reinvests profits back into the industry and communities it serves. For more information, visit fcc.ca.

 
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The latest iteration of Witt's MEM+ gas mixer series focuses heavily on connectivity. With a choice of seven distinct interfaces, these gas mixers seamlessly integrate into existing systems such as packaging machines, laser welding machines, or other systems utilizing protective or process gases. The new generation of the MEM+ gas mixer series from the world market leader, Witt, delivers precise and reliable mixtures, optimizing your processes for maximum efficiency.

Standard interfaces include Analog 4-20 mA, Ethernet, CanBus, and OPC UA, with optional additions like Profinet, RS232, or Analog 0-10V, providing users with a wide array of communication and control options. Remote operation via PC, PLC, or machine controller is a breeze, allowing for convenient querying, setting, and documentation of every parameter. On-device operation is equally intuitive, thanks to its touchscreen and optimized menu navigation, enabling quick selection of pre-defined mixtures.

The MEM+ series presents cutting-edge gas mixing systems for two to three non-flammable gases such as N2, CO2, or O2. Inside, electronically operated motorized proportional valves deliver precise mixture adjustments in increments of 0.1 percent, with extremely rapid reaction times. Achieving the desired gas mixture typically takes less than three seconds, covering the entire proportioning range of 0-100% with an accuracy of better than ±1% absolute.

To ensure high accuracy and long-term mixture stability, the MEM+ series incorporates numerous features such as pressure equalization to counter pressure fluctuations in gas supply pressures. Continuous monitoring of inlet pressures, with an alarm for low pressure situations, adds an extra layer of safety. Additionally, a potential-free contact can halt the entire machine in case of issues. Fluctuating flow rates are handled smoothly thanks to the buffer tank. For added security, the mixer can be paired with a gas analyzer for continuous monitoring and documentation of the gas mixture generation process.

The MEM+ series offers various models with different mixed gas outputs to suit varying gas requirements. With a maximum inlet pressure of 20 bar and maximum outlet pressure of 10 bar, these devices are versatile enough to generate 2-gas mixtures even with 3-gas mixers. Encased in splash-proof housings crafted from brushed stainless steel, these mixers are not only robust but also highly durable.

 
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Austin, Texas, April 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ePac Flexible Packaging, the leading provider of digitally printed flexible packaging, proudly announces the expansion of its digital printing capabilities in Canada through the addition of an HP Indigo 200K digital press at its Toronto facility, bringing their total number of these next-generation presses to five in North America. This strategic investment reinforces ePac's position as Canada's largest digital flexible packaging producer, now boasting a total of nine digital presses across its Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal locations.

With its existing fleet of 8 HP Indigo 25K digital presses spread throughout Canada, the inclusion of the HP Indigo 200K digital press is a testament to ePac's commitment to innovation and sustainability in flexible packaging. This expansion enables ePac to offer unparalleled print quality, efficiency, and turnaround time to its customers, further supporting small and medium-sized businesses in their growth and competitiveness.

"Our presence across the country, from Vancouver to Montreal, underscores our dedication to being close to our customers, understanding their needs, and delivering customized solutions with a quick time to market," said George Boustani, Managing Director, ePac Canada. "The addition of the HP Indigo 200K to our Toronto plant allows us to scale our operations and continue providing eco-friendly, high-quality packaging solutions that meet the dynamic needs of our clients."

ePac's global footprint extends beyond Canada, with 22 locations worldwide, including Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America, affirming its role as the global leader in digital flexible packaging. The company's all-digital business model emphasizes sustainability, offering a full range of sustainable film options and leveraging digital printing technology that is both carbon-neutral and eco-friendly.

 
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PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia — Apr. 9, 2024 — Emergent Vision Technologies, a pioneer in high-speed GigE Vision cameras and zero copy and zero-loss vision technologies, announced a further expansion of its powerful eCapture Pro software to include two new intuitive image processing tools: FlexProc and FlexTrans. 

Emergent’s eCapture Pro software allows users to fully integrate and leverage the company’s award-winning 5GigE, 10GigE, 25GigE, and 100GigE machine vision cameras. The new FlexProc and FlexTrans tools leverage eCapture Pro’s intuitive graphical user interface to expand high-speed image processing capabilities to any node on a user’s network. Emergent will showcase FlexProc and FlexTrans demonstrations at Booth #C5707 during the 2024 NAB Show running from April 13–17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Machine vision applications continue to push the boundaries for high-speed capture, real-time AI analysis, and other performance-intensive capabilities from networked cameras,” said John Ilett, president, and CTO at Emergent Vision Technologies. “Our new FlexProc and FlexTrans tools aim to deliver maximum performance, scalability, and latency from today’s most advanced processing methods — and from any node on user networks.”

FlexProc: User-Defined Processing 

FlexProc empowers eCapture Pro users to distribute image processing tasks wherever and however they wish on their machine vision network. Compatible with Emergent’s eCapture Pro and eSDK software, FlexProc’s drag-and-drop user interface (UI) comprises blocks representing image processing nodes on the network, including CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and even the Cloud. Users can either tap plug-ins pre-programmed to control each processing unit or create their own custom plug-ins for easy integration into eCapture Pro’s intuitive graph view. The new FlexProc tool will be particularly useful in multi-camera applications, allowing end users to easily deploy 64 GigE Vision cameras on a single server/GPU configuration, for example.

FlexTrans: Any Node-to-Node Transfer

FlexTrans enables users to transfer image data and results anywhere in their system—between GPUs in one server, between two or more servers, and even between the system and the Cloud. Its use of Emergent’s GPUDirect and zero-copy technology allows the transfer of image data directly from GPU memory to other nodes, supporting high-performance data transfers with the lowest latency possible on the network. These capabilities distinguish FlexTrans from alternative data transfer approaches that can take up to 3x the network resources to maintain the same performance. That translates into 3x the cost. 

Supported by eCapture Pro’s graphic interface, FlexTrans further delivers these capabilities with no coding expertise required. Users simply connect the blocks in eCapture Pro’s graph view to direct where they want data to flow next in the processing pipeline. 

For more information on Emergent’s FlexProc and FlexTrans demonstrations at the 2024 NAB Show, click here. For more information on eCapture Pro software and its plug-ins, click here. For questions or inquiries, please reach out here

For more information, visit www.emergentvisiontec.com or contact us here.

 

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