If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That advice extends to investments in capital equipment, including x-ray systems that protect products and brands from costly recalls, food safety problems and quality issues.
Although food and beverage manufacturers may be promised 100% detection, a closer scrutiny of that equipment can reveal a lack of repeated tests and consistent results that don’t match the claim. Instead, true probability of detection (POD) is a more accurate indication of a machine’s performance over time on a particular line. “Probability of detection is something that manufacturers need to understand when they are thinking of introducing some form of inspection system,” says Mike Stuart, Meat Analysis & Industry Business Lead for Eagle Product Inspection.