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Metal, glass, dense plastics, mineral stone, calcified bone and rubber contaminants can be readily found using modern product inspection systems on fast moving production lines. The level of detection sensitivity of the equipment will depend on:
Inspecting bulk or loose-flow product either on a horizontal conveyor or as it falls under gravity conditions directly before processing or packaging is an efficient way to remove contaminants at an early stage of production. Typical bulk products which allow for this inspection method are:
The two mainstream physical contamination detection technologies available are: Metal Detectionand X-ray Inspection. The selection of the correct inspection solution will be dependent on individual requirements and the application in question. For a detailed description of how these technologies work and guidance on choosing the right solution, please download the white paper below:
Inspection equipment for food is primarily used for the purpose of consumer and brand protection. Despite the very greatest of care during production processes, the risk of foreign body contamination of the food products cannot be fully excluded. Contaminants that enter the product during the production process or are introduced in the raw material may cause serious injuries to consumers and damage other production equipment. The consequences for the manufacturer can be grave and can include compensation claims and recalls. In addition, contamination can lead to the loss of consumer trust leading to negative impact on brand image.
Modern contamination detect equipment can be installed at every step of the production process. Inspection of raw material has the advantage that foreign bodies are detected and ejected before they are potentially broken down into a larger number of smaller pieces which might be harder to detect. Inspection at critical control points (CCPs) during the production process is a requirement for all food safety standards and should be an important part of any effective product inspection programme.