3D view on waste foods

By David Challis

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3D printed technology is being used to track temperature and g-force in production lines
3D printed technology is being used to track temperature and g-force in production lines
Equipment manufacturer Martin Lishman has used 3D printing to launch a shock and temperature monitor, designed to prevent damage to fresh produce during handling and transportation.

ImpacTrack records changes in movements by tracking gravity force (g-force) and temperature changes. This is done by creating 3D printed shell models that match the shape, size, weight and density of the produce.

This data, accessed in real time via smartphone, using Bluetooth, can then be used to make informed modifications and reduce waste generated by products damaged in transit.

The Greenyard Group tested the product on its avocado line in November 2018 and found its “grading and handling processes were creating levels of wastage​”. The firm’s UK technical manager Sebastian Janik said the product enabled it to modify its grading and packing equipment to reduce the g-force on the fruit.

 “As the device can be​ [made] to the shape and density of the product monitored, it provides a true reflection of the process​” said Janik. “It is excellent for use in post-harvest handling.”

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