X-Ray And Metal Detection Technology: Get The Most From Your System
The article discusses the importance of detection technology in food facilities and compares metal detection systems to X-ray systems. Metal detectors are generally less expensive and more durable but can have limitations and false positives with certain products. X-ray systems can detect various contaminants but are more expensive and require higher maintenance costs. The article recommends having both types of detection systems in a food facility, strategically placed at different stages of the process. Redundancy and line independence are emphasized to increase the chances of catching contaminants and minimizing the risk of costly recalls. X-ray systems have additional applications beyond foreign object detection, such as verifying product composition, analyzing fat-to-lean ratios, detecting packaging seal contamination, and confirming packaging requirements. The article emphasizes the importance of a company's dedication to food safety and detection, going beyond regulatory minimums and investing in proper equipment and training. Maximizing the performance of the equipment through education, preventative maintenance, and calibration is crucial. It is recommended to consult with experienced partners when choosing detection equipment to meet specific needs. Cutting corners in detection systems can lead to potential recalls and lawsuits, making proper investment worthwhile.