June 2007 Equipment Roundup - Metal Detection

June 14, 2007
June's equipment round-up features metal detection equipment, including a fluorescent laser sorter, free-fall detection equipment, vertical detectors, and hygienic separators.

Affordable and reliable

The new Apex 100 metal detector offers basic metal detection capabilities in an easy-to-use system, addressing increasing concerns about food safety in factories around the world. This affordable system ensures that all types of metals, including the most common stainless steel, are detected in food products before they are shipped. It also helps customers fulfill quality goals and protect expensive downstream production equipment.

Thermo Fisher Scientific; Waltham, Mass.

Detect during free-fall

Compact CEIA THS/G metal detectors fit neatly between multihead weighers and vertical form-fill-seal bagmakers to assure the safety of free-falling products, such as snacks, baked foods, candy, fresh-cut produce, frozen fruits, vegetables and meats. Highly sensitive to all magnetic and non-magnetic metals, the detector is housed in AISI 316L stainless steel and is fully HACCP compliant.

Heat and Control; Hayward, Calif.

Fluorescent laser sorter

Using the most powerful laser in the food industry in combination with proprietary color cameras, the new FluoRaptor fluorescence-sensing laser sorter achieves superior product quality and speeds product changeover for processors of fresh cut products and a variety of fresh and frozen vegetables and potato products. It is designed to maximize the detection and removal of defects, extraneous vegetable matter and foreign material based on differing levels of chlorophyll as well as color, size, and shape.

Key Technology; Walla Walla, Wash.

Sensitive vertical detector

The highly sensitive E-Z Tec 9100 detects and rejects very small ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel metals and is designed for installation in free-fall or gravity-fed applications, especially where vertical space is limited. Capable of inspecting both virgin and regrind plastic pellets to ensure all are free from metal contamination, it protects all types of molding machinery, granulators, shredders and other important machinery from costly damage.

Eriez; Erie, Pa.

For sausages, etc.

The Heavy Duty Sausage (HDS) pipeline system offers unparalleled sensitivity to all metal types for the sausage industry. It is designed for full integration with leading vacuum filler machines and other process equipment. The height of the detector head easily adjusts, and large castors provide maximum mobility. Patented technology allows for a shorter throughput pipe, which reduces product creaming and also results in a compact system that easily fits in restricted spaces.

Mettler-Toledo Safeline; Tampa, Fla.

Detect more than metal

The X4 X-ray inspection system offers state-of-the art sensing technology, a new, extremely user-friendly interface and reduced cost. Product set-up is automated and can be accomplished with minimal training. New technology improves the unit's ability to detect a variety of contaminants including: ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel; glass; stones, ceramic and cement; calcified bones; polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and Teflon fluoropolymers; natural rubber; and product or spice clumps.

Loma Systems Inc.; Carol Stream, Ill.

Hygienic separators

The company's "A" series magnetic metal separators claim to be the only USDA/AMS-accepted magnetic separators on the market. Designed to help processors meet increased marketplace demands and governmental requirements for safer and purer processed materials and foodstuffs, they are built in accordance with the USDA/AMS hygiene requirements for the materials, design and fabrication of equipment used in the preparation and packaging of food products.

Bunting Magnetics Co.; Newton, Kan.

High frequency detector

Designed primarily for snacks, bakery and other dry products with low conductivity, the new Met30+ hf metal detector inspects at 875 Khz, four times more than standard food industry detectors, and claims up to 30 percent higher sensitivity. It uses a single, high-frequency, crystal-controlled oscillator and remains robust and reliable at peak sensitivities. The system is a horizontal unit, employed at the end of the line for final screening of dry, polywrapped finished products.

Lock Inspection Systems; Fitchburg, Mass.

Resists water and dust

The Phantom BSH metal detector has an IP69K rating, representing the highest level of resistance to high-pressure jet washes and dust. Constructed in stainless steel with an epoxy chute, it uses powerful digital signal processing to provide faster, more accurate detection of ferrous and non-ferrous metals including non magnetic stainless steel in food processing and packaging applications.

Fortress Technology; Toronto