bcb - AINIA webinar: Thermography in the Food Industry

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03-07-2020

Last Monday, June 29, the webinar "Thermography in the Food Industry in the Post-Covid stage" was held, organized by AINIA and bcb.

In Spain and Mexico, the agri-food sector is one of the most important from the point of view of wealth and job creation, and a leader in productivity and competitiveness, and also stands out for its contribution to the foreign sector of both economies. A sector that in Spain generates more than 9% of GDP and more than 12% of total employment in the Spanish economy. An important sector that, however, has traditionally been characterized by its reduced investment effort in R&D, a challenge that it must face to ensure its competitiveness.

Agriculture 4.0 adds value through process improvement through monitoring, control and data collection for analysis and exploitation, adding value through this valuable information provided by big data. The application of new technologies implies greater food security, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness, in a globalized environment.

Some of the application examples shown in this webinar of Thermography in the food industry have been the temperature control of products after a baking or cooking process, the inspection and detection of defects in heat sealing, the monitoring of harvests and detection of pests in agriculture, or the control of citrus drying, among others.

Additionally, bcb has presented applications of infrared thermography in the Medical-Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic industries, highlighting, for its current interest, the control of skin temperature in people, which has become so important at the moment to reduce as far as possible. COVID-19 infections possible. An application regulated by international standards, and on which the AEPD itself has warned about the need to use systems that guarantee the principle of accuracy using "equipment approved for these purposes and with criteria that take into account levels of sensitivity and precision". Several organizations have already warned about the "invasion" of inappropriate equipment and the risks associated with its use. bcb has developed its advanced application bcbTempScan which, in combination with the appropriate cameras from the manufacturer FLIR (one of the very few approved by the demanding American FDA), offers one of the most advanced and precise solutions for this specific and critical application.

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