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Snehaja Jonnalagadda inaugurates training course on 29 January 2024. (Image source: ICRISAT)

 

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) on 10 February, concluded a highly impactful two-week training programme aimed at fostering innovation and technology commercialisation in African nations

Collo Analyser monitors total liquid quality in real-time with EMF sensors, machine learning and liquid fingerprints. (Image source: Collo)

Finnish deep tech company ColloidTek, has developed Collo Analyser, a new method for real–time liquid process quality monitoring, offering significant benefits for the food and beverage manufacturing industry


Based on EMF sensors and machine learning, the technology detects various contaminants and identifies potential risks in liquid processing with a single real-time measurement and instant, in-line analysis. This novel solution has the potential to revolutionise liquid quality control by providing food and beverage manufacturers with comprehensive information about the quality of their products at any stage of production, ensuring the safety, quality and correct taste of the end-product.

Real-time quality control for any liquid product

With the rise of advanced technologies, comprehensive quality control is easier and cheaper to achieve than ever before. Collo Liquid Analyser is an efficient and reliable method to ensure companies meet their quality and safety requirements. Unlike traditional laboratory testing, the Collo Analyser offers instant, in-line analysis of the quality of the liquid.

Traditionally, quality control in the food and beverage industry is based on collecting samples and sending them to the laboratory, where the results arrive after several days or even weeks. In some cases, there aren’t even any tests available for detecting certain risks. With Collo, a test takes two seconds. The measurement can be done at the site manually by dipping the sensor into the product, or in-line straight from the pipe. There is no need to send samples anywhere; the results are instantly available. This is made possible by EMF technology and the advanced algorithms that power the analyser, which is the only one of its kind in the food and beverage industry.

Simplified quality control for larger product portfolios

Most currently available systems can only analyse liquids with specific viscosity, transparency, or other characteristics. This often means several different analysers and sensors are needed at each testing point, which leads to a complex multi-sensor system that is labourious to maintain and still doesn’t arm manufacturers with enough information for comprehensive quality control. As Collo Analyser can be used with thick liquids, like honey, as well as transparent or non-conductive liquids, such as vodka or milk protein concentrate, only one device is required to measure the quality of all the liquids in the production.

The solution can simultaneously detect multiple risks or deviations, simplifying complex quality control processes by replacing other tests and covering aspects of safety and quality that no other analyser can manage. This novel technology not only accelerates the quality control process but also empowers manufacturers to take immediate corrective actions when deviations are detected, reducing the risk of costly recalls and ensuring that every batch of products meets the highest quality and safety standards.

For more information, visit: www.collo.fi 

The new harvester will enable faster and more efficient grain harvesting, with lower energy consumption and lower costs for grain producers. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

In an attempt to radically change the industry approach to agricultural machinery, Australia-based start-up LINTTAS Electric Company aims to develop the worlds first electric combine harvester 


Using an innovative and new world-leading grain separation processes with the potential for patent, the new harvester will enable faster and more efficient grain harvesting, with lower energy consumption and lower costs for grain producers using electrification. By engaging with key government, potential partners and industry stakeholders, LINTTAS aims to understand how to maximise the future benefits and influence future policy development. 

The LINTTAS harvester is a radical new approach, with efficiency and energy savings of up to 30% and with design features that can be applied across the agricultural machinery sector. The new design uses electric drives, to not only achieve the highest performance but with a much reduced carbon footprint. Moreover, the new harvester will be suitable and adaptable for a range of crop types and conditions, based on off-the-shelf components, easily updated, and designed to be easily repairable. 

After developing the first fully electric combine harvester, LINTTAS plans to re-align the agricultural machinery sector by applying this technology to other agricultural machines. The new technology enables higher farm production and lower energy consumption, while also presenting the opportunity to revolutionise not only grain harvesting, but also farm machinery. In addition, it also offers job opportunities in a new manufacturing industry and a chance to lead the world in sustainability in agricultural equipment.

For more information, contact: +61 (0)437 506 482 / +61 (0)432 379 863 or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The vehicle has been designed for a wide range of applications in the agricultural field, including wine vineyards. (Image source: Kubota)

The Kubota Group recently unveiled its New Agri Concept vehicle at CES 2024, held in Las Vegas, Nevada last month


Kubota saw CES 2024 as an opportunity to promote its future-oriented corporate stance and exhibited the New Agri Concept, as a part of the future of agriculture envisioned in GMB2030

The vehicle is fully electric and capable of automated operation. Unlike current automated tractors, it does not require visual monitoring by humans, and can operate autonomously and safely based on information from cameras and sensors. In addition, while ensuring long periods of operation is generally an issue when adopting electric-powered industrial machinery, the vehicle has a quick charging feature capable of recharging the battery from 10% to 80% within six minutes.

The vehicle has been designed for a wide range of applications in the agricultural field, including wine vineyards, with its six independent drive motors and a standard three-point hitch allowing it plough, haul and carry out a broad variety of other tasks.

For more information, visit: https://www.kubota.com/ 

At its core, IntelliSense Bale Automation provides operators with a complete automated baling system focused on feedrate and swath guidance. (Image source: New Holland)

New Holland is steering toward autonomous baling with the first technology of its kind, IntelliSense Bale Automation which transforms the way customers and operators approach large square baling

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