Beverages and foods from tree nuts are becoming a dietary delight in the U.S. and abroad. So it’s not surprising that a California company, which started as a tree nut orchard, has blossomed into a multi-million dollar operation.
Neodymium magnets are the strongest and most commonly available type of rare earth magnet. Many suppliers have developed a product known as tube or grate magnets to provide enhanced product protection against metal contamination. This report documents the pull strength and magnetic field strength measurements for twelve commercially available tube magnets.
Attention to foreign contamination prevention continues to be a mainstay at Smith Provision Company, a manufacturer of premium quality hot dogs, sausages, deli meats, bacon and award-winning hams. Smith’s is a fourth generation, family-run business that began in 1927 as a small, two-person retail outlet. Today, the Erie-PA based company has 50 employees and serves retail outlets as far south as Pittsburgh and as far north as Buffalo, NY.
180 Degrees is a rapidly growing Auckland company producing a range of baked biscuits, snacks and crackers. With export markets really taking off, 180 Degrees have begun a major investment in a metal detection program to expand production capacity and improve the efficiency of their plant.
To assure product quality and food safety, one of the world’s leading cheese manufacturers recently turned to x-ray inspection and metal detection technology. The company installed x-ray for bulk packaging line and twelve metal detectors for all of their other cheese manufacturing lines.
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.
Profile Advantage enhances metal detection performance by up to 50 percent in challenging product effect applications. This sensitivity improvement means significantly smaller pieces of metal contamination can be found.
Balanced coil metal detectors have always been negatively influenced by conductive or dense products. This has forced users to accept detection thresholds that are unacceptable or switch to costly unreliable alternative technologies. That is to say,up to now.
Robust product inspection systems are most successful when they are designed with many support methods and principles. My previous column describes one such inspection method: X-Ray inspection. A second, and just as critical, method is metal detection.
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. Additionally, there are always increasing quality and safety demands from regulatory bodies, direct customers, as well as consumers to provide food of impeccable integrity. To have these safeguards built in will only strengthen a company’s overall business platform.
‘Product effect’ (a phenomenon where the type of product being inspected can itself hinder the inspection technology’s capability to identify a particular contaminant) has long been a problem for food manufacturers. In the case of metal detection, product effect can be caused by a number of factors such as high moisture or salt content, temperature variations, size and shape of the product, orientation through the detector and packaging material.
Food producers, packagers, and distributors are under increasing scrutiny when it comes to the safety of their products. The complexity, scope, and speed of the supply chain have made it so that a localized issue involving food-borne contaminants can quickly balloon into a nationwide recall. The food industry has responded by implementing stringent inspection and safety processes. For detecting foreign objects in food products, X-ray technology is an established best practice
Eriez® has increased production of their popular TM and VMC Conveyors in response to growing sales and demand from customers in sanitary industries. “We are experiencing a spike in sales of our Model TM and VMC Conveyors for use in food applications, including candy and pet food,” says Rob Yandrick, Product Manager-Vibratory.