Investing in an integrated conveyorised metal detection system provides far greater benefits than merely the detection of metal contaminants. Microsep offers a complete solution so that manufacturers can rest assured their metal detection system supports compliance with food safety legislation and retailer requirement. Mike Bradley explains the importance of having an integrated metal detection system.
Having a reliable and highly sensitive metal detection system within a production line is important. It allows manufacturers to fulfil their basic regulatory requirements by providing a fully tested solution for detecting metal contaminants, increasing consumer safety and quality assurance.
Reliable and precise performance starts with choosing the right metal detector
At the most basic level, metal detectors are installed to help ensure compliance with food safety standards, and to protect expensive downstream equipment. In these instances, it may be enough to install an entry level metal detector that offers a solid level of performance and reliability, particularly if the product is dry and not subject to product effect.
However, if productivity and brand protection are the key drivers, then a metal detector that is optimised for a specific application and delivers higher sensitivity performance may be the most cost-effective investment in the long run. Mettler Toledo’s Safeline Profile Advantage metal detectors offer a unique combination of multi-simultaneous frequency and product signal suppression technology to overcome a phenomenon called ‘product effect.’ Product effect is a term used to describe when a product’s own characteristics (such as moisture, salt content, temperature and other factors) limits the sensor’s ability to distinguish between the product itself and a contaminant. Profile Advantage metal detectors are able to overcome product effect by minimising the active product signal. The advantages of this are that it can detect significantly smaller irregular-shaped contaminants, and it can virtually eliminate false rejects. Food and beverage manufacturers, thus, reduce their risk of a product recall and increase their staff efficiency by reducing the investigative burden associated with false rejects as well it helps to reduce unnecessary product waste.
Optimised quality assurance
By investing in a single-supplier solution, food and beverage manufacturers benefit by having a solution that delivers mechanical and electrical integration for maximum potential uptime. Mettler Toledo’s latest GC series metal detection systems offer a range of options from stop-on-detect through to fully automated reject systems, so that metal contaminated products are detected, rejected and removed from the production process. Three levels of due diligence packages with a suite of fail-safe monitoring options are available to meet specific compliance requirements.
The unique modular design of the new GC series systems provides interchangeable reject devices and greater configuration flexibility of components. These systems have a design that meets changing requirements for food manufacturers with modifications that can be made in-situ. There is no welding, drilling or cutting required. This is the key to a future-proofed conveyorised system. With production costs increasing, customers need solutions that help to reduce total cost of ownership and grow, and change with their business. The modular design also means that service interventions are safer, faster and easier, reducing production downtime.