A cold meat processor wanted to ensure its products were consistently high quality, while cutting costs. This case study explores how vision inspection equipment helped the company achieve its goals.
Building a food manufacturing facility from scratch would be a daunting project even for someone with a strong background in this industry. So imagine how challenging it was for Ivan and Elaine Pezzoli whose only previous experience was as a restaurateur in Brazil.
The standards of quality within the dehydrated dairy industry continue to become more critical and end users are becoming more sophisticated. Brand equity for both dehydrated dairy and infant formula manufacturers has global reach and implications. Manufacturers face higher standards, higher manufacturing costs, and there continues to be a significant gap between package testing requirements of dehydrated dairy packaging and the solutions that are available on the market today. New technology has been established and proven to reduce production waste and cost while improving quality assurance and defending brand equity.
At Matt Brewing Company, attention to detail and uncompromising commitment to quality are the signature trademarks of the company and their award-winning Saranac beers. Concerned with accuracy and reliability, the company wanted to assure every customer receives a full can of beer every time, so they searched for a gamma fill level inspection system and instead, became the first brewer in the world to use this new checkweigher technology for 100 percent inspection.
By Kyle Thomas, Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed
Wixon, Inc., with headquarters in St. Francis, Wis., bills itself as “a 100-year-old company with the innovative drive of a start-up.
KiMs is one of Scandinavia’s leading producers of crisps, nuts and snack foods. The company continually strives for improvements in efficiency, and to this end has adopted the Japanese-inspired approach of ‘lean production’, a manufacturing philosophy that considers the expenditure of resources on anything other than increasing value for the customer to be wasteful and therefore a target for elimination.
There are many aspects of resource allocation to consider when developing a food safety management system (FSMS) for a business and there are efficiencies to be gained in almost every area of an FSMS. Technology and software can provide your team with the tools to monitor production targets and deviations in real-time and more efficiently than visual inspection.
Product inspection is a critical and indispensable part of responsible food production. If it isn’t already, it truly needs to be embedded in HACCP and prerequisite program(s) for food producers. Food contamination with foreign matter and/or impurities can have serious implications to food producers as they are the entities directly responsible for any issues posing health and safety risks to consumers. But, what are food makers doing to create and enable a robust food safety program? Oftentimes, they seek new technology and/or inspection equipment to support their written food safety and quality programs, such as X-Ray Inspection Systems.
The strength of the magnet may not be the most important factor to consider. First and foremost, you need to think about the details of your manufacturing application and the environment in which the magnet will function, then you can determine which magnet is best for your separation process. It is advisable to consult with a magnetic separator supplier who has expertise and historical knowledge of which systems work and which do not.
With the increasing tendency towards the use of high-end image processing systems and computerized comparison of analysis data, it is now possible to implement a range of basic functions into the production run as part of the optical inspection process. This includes comparing packaging on the production line against compliant images and rejecting items which don't meet the standard. It also includes measuring product dimensions and determining whether any tolerance values deviate from the norm. Other tasks, such as checking product data, print quality standards and ensuring packing units are properly filled can be performed.
This white paper will help clarify the foundations of investment decisions, explain the costs dynamic in-line metal detection equipment, and help you calculate ROI of in-line metal detection equipment.
Inspection systems are highly accurate, and growing more accurate all the time, but they still have limitations which must be considered when implementing a label inspection program.
MULTIVAC will be presenting at Fachpack in Nuremberg (25.-27. September 2012, Hall 1, Stand 1-321) a wide spectrum of packaging technologies for all output ranges, as well as the latest marking and inspection systems from MULTIVAC Marking & Inspection