DIPIX Technologies Inc.

August 15, 2007 09:30 ET

Dipix Introduces Industry's First Intelligent CounterGrouper Technology

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 15, 2007) - Dipix Technologies Inc., a Tarquin Group company (TSX VENTURE:TQN), today announced that it has designed the industry's first fully integrated system to inspect, reject, count and group frozen dough and par-baked product. The company has filed a provisional patent application for the technology.

The CounterGrouper enables manufacturers of frozen grain-based products to virtually eliminate product give-away through accurate box counts and including only in-spec product. In an average bakery, two or three items per box are commonly given away to ensure minimum consumer standards. In some cases counts can vary by 10 or 20 units. Dipix's technology achieves 99 percent accuracy on a given count, reducing the average to 0.2 items per box.

Part of Dipix's unique Intelligent Materials Handling platform for manufactured food products, the CounterGrouper provides inspecting, sorting, and counting of articles traveling on a conveyor and grouping of these articles accurately by count for packing. This is the industry's first system for material handling situations in which it is not practical or desirable to singulate the product (put the product into a single-file stream), and for facilities where rapid changeover to different shaped or sized articles is required.

The new Dipix Technologies system can inspect randomly positioned and randomly spaced articles and incorporates a design where each article is virtually labelled as to count, positional alignment and class (labelled as acceptable or for rejection). This enables rejection of defective articles and accurate count as articles are grouped before they are dropped into a box for shipment. Accurate inspection allows broken, double and poor symmetry articles and other defects to be identified. Exact knowledge of the position of each accepted article enables exact counting. Product is grouped at high speed and released into packing containers at the flow rate of the plant.

"Our unique real-time counting ability generates new value for the customer on several levels," said Dipix President John Lawrence. "Our data delivers detailed information directly from the inspection/rejection system that has many valuable uses further along the manufacturing line. The end result is better performance at the macro and micro levels of the operation."

Dipix technology inspects, sorts and positions grain-based manufactured foods in high speed manufacturing environments. Based on the identification of the state, position and velocity of any baked product, Dipix systems can convert a random flow of product from the bakery stream into a well managed, fully-in-spec and in-position flow of product to downstream packing or cutting equipment. Analysis and reporting provides detailed or summary information directly to bakery management and shift staff. All Dipix systems can be customized to manage automatic rejection of defects based on product-specific criteria. They allow immediate changeover between product configurations with no physical equipment changes.

In October, 2007 Dipix will be exhibiting at the International Baking Exposition in Orlando, Florida. For more information, please visit www.ibie2007.com/Orlando.asp.

About Dipix

Dipix Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Tarquin Group (TSX VENTURE:TQN), is the world leader in delivery of automated inspection and quality analysis systems for the on-line inspection of manufactured food products. The company integrates leading edge optical inspection with mechanical handling and management reporting to deliver the industry's best vision-based quality inspection systems. Dipix systems are used by leading manufactured food companies to reduce operating costs, pinpoint process errors, reduce variability, and increase the volume of in-spec delivered goods. Dipix has over 200 installations in high volume manufacturers of processed foods - including many major international corporations. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Ottawa Canada. For more information, visit www.dipix.com.

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