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use than their predecessors. In the past, Slauson said, a
plant almost had to have an expert that had been with the
company for 20 years and knew the ins and outs of the
machinery. Modern detection systems, he added, are nearly
self-explanatory, making both training and maintenance
upkeep easier.
" Now you just need to be able to understand your way
around a touchscreen, " he said, " which most people do. "
Slauson considers upgrading to the most effective
detectors available a sound investment, especially when
factoring in the costs that come with recalls, including
brand damage.
" The whole purpose of a metal detector is to make sure
you're not sending out inedible food to your customers, "
he said. " It takes a metal detector finding metal once and
preventing a recall once for it to pay for itself. "
INNOVATIONS IN DETECTION
Fortress Technology in Toronto custom manufactures metal
detectors to meet specific needs. The company shared that
it developed a twin aperture metal detector and dual lane
checkweigher for one prominent dairy company.
Regional sales manger Eric Garr said Fortress' multiaperture
system " was engineered specifically to ensure
that there was no trade-off in terms of performance and
metal detection sensitivity. One of the key benefits of
a twin aperture system is the halving of waste caused
by rejects. "
With that setup, a dairy plant can simultaneously run two
different product lines, pack sizes or SKUs.
While developing the machinery, Fortress also included
air blast nozzles between the two outfeed conveyors, so
contaminated product can be removed. At that point, product
in question moves into lockable reject bins that are equipped
with sensors for confirmation.
" For lighter weight packaged applications like shredded
cheese, an air blast reject is the most efficient and has
fewer moving parts, " Garr said. " Contaminated products
are instantly removed off the conveyor belt without
disrupting production. "
IN INSPECTION SYSTEMS
Verify the Weight of Products up to 8kg
Minimize Product Waste and Giveaway
Can Be Integrated With or Without a Metal Detector
888-220-8737
sales@fortresstechnology.com
www.FortressTechnology.com
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