"We're looking to get every piece of metal out that we can. We have zero tolerance," says Jeff Bedrick of Channel Fish, explaining the importance of their Safeline PowerPhasePRO.
Stringent petfood, pet treat and feed safety standards are
placing escalating demands on petfood producers for high levels
of contaminant detection and inspection capability. "We are
protecting our equipment, protecting our brand and, most
importantly, protecting our customers' brands," explains Jeff
Bedrick, IT manager at Channel Fish Co.
In the past, basic metal detectors met that need. Now X-ray
detection is allowing for even more capability and sensitivity.
If you can save time and energy while maintaining a secure,
sterile processing line, not only are you on the right track as
a business, but consumer confidence in your product will
skyrocket-and who doesn't want that?
Safety you can see
Thermo Scientific POWERx systems feature state-of-the-art
X-ray design and image analysis software that optimizes
sensitivity and probability of detection. A wide range of
models for upright and horizontal package orientations are
available, providing application flexibility from a single
vendor with years of X-ray experience, according to the
company. POWERx products are backed by Thermo Fisher
Scientific's global service organization. Comprehensive service
capabilities include a standard remote access feature allowing
certified Thermo technicians to connect offsite to your POWERx
and optimize performance at any time.
According to Thermo Scientific, the advantages of X-ray
Case study: Channel Fish utilizes
Channel Fish Co. processes fish destined for major cat food
canneries. Producing to the highest quality standards, Channel
Fish relies on a PowerPhasePRO metal detector from
Mettler-Toledo Safeline to ensure the safety of the fish
product they process every day.
"We're looking to get every piece of metal out that we can.
We have zero tolerance," noted Bedrick of Channel Fish. "We
won't ship product that hasn't gone through the metal detector.
If the metal detector goes down, we'll stop the line."
Before installing the new Safeline metal detector in May
2008, the metal detector in use at Channel Fish was
problematic, according to the company. Channel Fish had to rely
almost entirely on the magnets at the end of the line to assure
it was shipping metal-free product, and this system just didn't
"We judge how well the metal detector is working by what's
on the magnets. We used to find much more on the magnets-now we
barely find anything," said Bedrick.
The power of PRO
To maximize detection sensitivity, the PowerPhasePRO
features high frequency coil technology and advanced head
geometry that zero in on all types of metal contamination, from
common ferrous and non-ferrous tramp metal to the most
difficult to detect stainless steel fragments. To virtually
eliminate false rejects, a faraday screen, located between the
detector coil system and the product being inspected, filters
out signals that can interfere.
"This is the worst environment you can imagine for a metal
detector," Bedrick said. "Our product is wet and very salty.
The room is humid and cold during operation, and humid and hot
during the sanitation shift. We think moisture was one of the
biggest problems we had with our old metal detector. Knowing
the system can withstand our high pressure, hot water wash down
is really important.
"We measure the success of the metal detector based on
detection sensitivity and reliability," concluded Bedrick.
"We're confident that we're shipping metal-free product. And
our maintenance guy hasn't had to touch the Safeline metal
detector since we installed it."
Getting your plant certified in one or more safety
programs is an important step in showing customers they can
have complete assurance in your products.
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