Microwaves can up output

By Nicholas Robinson contact

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Macphie is making 'microwaves' with a new tech
Macphie is making 'microwaves' with a new tech

Related tags: Innovation, Sensor

Food ingredients manufacturer Macphie will use microwave sensor technology at its ultra-high temperature (UHT) production plant to compete with global businesses.

The Aberdeen headquartered company successfully trialled a pilot microwave sensor scheme at its UHT plant, which produces ambient foods such as savoury sauces and dairy products.

Macphie currently uses timer-based technology to flush the pipes at its processing facility with water for cleaning between products. However, the system relies on the timers to judge when a product is no longer being processed.

Detect within a second

The microwave technology, which was developed in conjunction with Scotland​s Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, can detect, to within a second, the presence of a product in the processing line and will displace cleaning water.

“This project is a significant step and allows us to be more flexible,”​ said head of research Ashley Baker.

Related topics: Health and nutritional ingredients

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