Microscan’s AutoVISION 2.0 Wins 2013 Ringier Technology Innovation Award for Food and Beverage

Microscan, a global technology leader in barcode, machine vision and lighting solutions, announces that its AutoVISION 2.0 machine vision software has won a 2013 Ringier Technology Innovation Award in the Food and Beverage Industry category. Richard Cheng, China country manager, accepted the award for Microscan during a ceremony at the 2013 Food Ingredients, Health Ingredients, and Natural Ingredients Asia-China Show (Fi Asia-China Hi Ni China 2013) held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center on June 26, 2013. The award acknowledges the contributions of companies who further the development of China’s food & beverage industry.
Following a strict selection process by an independent panel of judges and online voter feedback, 22 winning companies were honored for developing efficient solutions that drive innovation in China’s food and beverage industry. The awards aim to encourage, acknowledge, and reward companies that provide significant contributions in technological leadership, develop creative ways of meeting industry needs, and raise the standard of innovation in the industry.
Microscan’s AutoVISION is the easiest machine vision software available for basic to mid-range vision applications. AutoVISION 2.0 pairs flexible smart cameras with powerful inspection capabilities, including three new tools (Logic, OCV, and Symbol Quality Verification), support for automated job changeover, and easy connectivity to industrial controls with the new Microscan Link connectivity wizard. AutoVISION is scalable to the more advanced Visionscape platform should application requirements expand over time, protecting users’ time, effort, and investment.
New features of Microscan’s new AutoVISION 2.0 machine vision software are especially beneficial to food and beverage packaging applications, where conformance to quality standards, accurate labeling, and process efficiency are top objectives. Included in AutoVISION’s intuitive drag-and-drop toolset are inspection tools such as Symbol Quality Verification and OCV, which enable inline verification of barcodes and text to meet both global quality standards and process-specific quality control requirements. AutoVISION’s OCR and OCV tools ensure that all packages are marked with accurate, legible batch/lot codes, date codes, and serial numbers to meet end customer specifications. Also, match string functionality through OCR and barcode reading ensure mix-up detection to prevent errors when matching labels to product, cups to lids, and similar operations.
About Microscan
Microscan is a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition and control solutions serving a wide range of automation and OEM applications. Founded in 1982, Microscan has a strong history of technology innovation that includes the invention of the first laser diode barcode scanner and the 2D symbology, Data Matrix. Today, Microscan remains a technology leader in automatic identification and machine vision with extensive solutions for ID tracking, traceability and inspection ranging from basic barcode reading up to complex machine vision inspection, identification, and measurement.

As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company recognized for quality leadership in the U.S., Microscan is known and trusted by customers worldwide as a provider of quality, high precision products. Microscan is a Spectris company.
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PureCircle announces ambitious 2020 sustainability goals






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Posted by Jack Mans, Plant Operations Editor — Packaging Digest, 6/12/2013 9:23:32 AM





PureCircle, a leading producer and marketer of high puC - daily - PureCircle_logo.jpegrity stevia products, announced today that it has expanded its Sustainability program and set an ambitious 2020 goal to reduce carbon, water, waste and energy use across its supply chain from farm to sweetener.

These goals mark a significant commitment to making a positive impact on the food and beverage industry’s environmental footprint and helping to tackle the global obesity challenge. PureCircle’s efforts will enable a cumulative reduction of the food & beverage industries’:

       • Carbon emissions by one million metric tons by 2020
       • Water consumption by two trillion liters by 2020
       • Calories in global diets by 13 trillion by 2020

 

When setting these ambitious commitments, PureCircle drew from the industry leading work it has undertaken to measure its carbon and water footprint. PureCircle was the first in the stevia industry to measure and publish results of the carbon and water footprint from farm to sweetener.

 

In Fiscal 2012, it completed its second carbon footprint, which together with the 2011 study formed the basis for the 2020 goals. These goals show that PureCircle stevia has a significantly lower environmental footprint than other natural mainstream sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), beet and cane sugar) based on publically available benchmarks.

 

Building on the progress the company has already made to reduce its carbon emissions and water use, the 2020 goals layout PureCircle’s commitments to have zero untreated waste to landfill and support 100,000 farmers by 2020. PureCircle‘s own vertically integrated supply chain, allows for innovation and traceability from farm to final stevia ingredient.

 

Ajay Chandran, Global Marketing and Sustainability Director said: “It is PureCircle’s vision to lead the global expansion of stevia as the next mass volume natural sweetener that is grown, processed and delivered in a way that respects people and the planet. Our 2020 goals, published today, demonstrate this vision in action. Our customers and consumers can be assured of our long-term commitment to further embedding sustainability principles and practices across our integrated supply chain, which will result in improved products with a reduced impact.

 

“As the world’s largest stevia producer and supplier, we recognize the unique role we can play in helping the food and beverage industry to reduce its impact on the environment and tackle the global obesity challenge, with our goals articulating the significant role we can play in this respect.”

The 2020 goals serve as an important next step in PureCircle’s sustainability journey, following the company’s publication of its Sustainability Commitment in 2011 and first Carbon and Water Footprint in 2012.

 

To learn more about PureCircle’s 2020 Sustainability Goals, visit: http://purecircle.com/company/corporate-social-responsibility/our-2020-sustainability-goals







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