Equipment Showcase: Metal Detection and X-Ray Showcase
Loma Systems Inc.The IQ2 from Loma Systems Inc., has been engineered to offer greater reliability with fewer components. The company says too, that it is the first and only company to have been awarded a USDA Equipment Acceptance Certificate for metal detection equipment use in dairy facilities. The certificate has been issued for the company's IQ2 in-line metal detector and states that the equipment is in compliance with new ANSI/NSF/3-A 14159-1-2000 Hygiene Requirements for the Design of Meat and Poultry Processing Equipment. The new unit incorporates technological software advances that only require one chip to perform functions that formerly required seven. Multiple boards and separate power supply units have been eliminated with the power supply being integrated into one control board. Further, the IQ2 relies on a 32-bit microprocessor which results in faster data processing and enables easily-installed software upgrades-all contributing to a longer working life.
Loma Systems Inc.
EriezEriez introduces its user-friendly E-Z Tec™ DSP Metal Detector. Its state-of-the-art electronic design combines an easy-to-use 4" x 5" (1/4 VGA) Touch Screen Interface along with advanced Digital Signal Processing to provide detailed analysis and reporting for process applications including food, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastics and packaging. The E-Z Tec™ DSP features the highest level of sensitivities available for dry, wet and liquid product processing. The standard three-coil aperture arrangement sends a signal to the unit's control for digital processing. The use of digital signal processing, or DSP, aids in detection of metallic contaminants particularly in wet or conductive products such as meats and cheese. The E-Z Tec's electronics have been consolidated on four printed circuit boards for improved function and simplified diagnostics. Multiple detectors can be monitored and controlled from a single PC, providing plant-wide access to data and reports. Remote diagnostics, as well as company-wide control and monitoring can be added by installing Eriez' E-Z Link™ software.
Lock Inspection SystemsThe MET 30+ Pipeline system Lock Inspection Systems is ideal for liquid products, pumped and processed cheeses and curd products as it automatically detects and rejects metal contaminants from the product stream. For end-of-line inspection, Lock offers the MET 30+ 3f metal detector. Operating at three crystal-controlled frequencies, the unit automatically selects the optimum frequency for the application in hand. For butter wrapped in metallized film, for instance, it will operate at low frequency. The MET 30+ 3f is available with either the standard membrane keypad or a user-friendly touchscreen. Lock Inspection Systems guarantees the highest standard of metal detection for the dairy industry.
Lock Inspection Systems
Cesco MagneticsCesco Magnetics manufactures a complete line of easy to install, easy to clean, in-line magnetic separators designed and engineered especially for the dairy industry. Cesco's MagTraps™ feature powerful, rare earth magnets that capture and hold microscopic fines of ferrous, nickel, work-hardened stainless steel, and carbide from pumped products at temperatures in excess of 200° F., and flow rates of up to 340 gallons per minute. All contact surfaces are 316L stainless steel, except gaskets that are manufactured from a choice of food grade compounds.
Loma Systems Inc.Loma Systems' new generation of X3 X-ray equipment offers Loma's AutoTrack Technology, which enables multiple, upgraded inspection capabilities at a cost reduction of up to 40% when compared to previous versions and competitive models. The dual Pentium, Windows NT-based X3 takes X-ray inspection to new levels of analyses. In addition to finding contaminants and detecting missing or broken items and incorrectly filled packages, the X3 can analyze data at higher speeds, than ever before. And with optional Ethernet connections, modem diagnostics, one-touch help screens and improved operator interface features, system performance is maximized and product quality is assured and documented. The X3 vision system capability has been upgraded to enable the unit to examine different "zones" (as in a frozen dinner, for example), with different product densities. This identifies contaminants, underfilled and misfilled zones, missing items and/or broken items. AutoTrack Technology enables image capturing at up to 2,000 scans per second with analysis at 600 pieces per minute possible. The software also self-adjusts to accommodate for variations in the product.
Loma Systems Inc.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline, Inc.Mettler-Toledo Safeline introduces a range of metal detection systems that meet the latest 3A Dairy Sanitary Standards. In addition, Safeline manufactures its metal detection systems to meet HACCP and FDA requirements and they are designed to exceed NEMA 4X/IP69K washdown specifications. Safeline meets or exceeds the most stringent sanitary demands of the dairy processing industries while supplying solutions that minimize metal contamination in packaged or loose products. With stainless steel construction and continuously welded sealed frames, these systems are designed to meet the requirements for sanitary product contact surfaces as well as exceed the criteria for a variety of additional sanitary standards.
Mettler-Toledo Safeline, Inc.
T&T TechnologyThe T&T Met-Sep‚ TUNNEL metal detectors are custom-tailored with a wash-down, stainless steel construction to comply with the stringent food industry sanitary requirements. A digital signal processor is housed in a rugged controller terminal with an operator-friendly tactile keyboard. Phase control, data retention, automatic balance and product compensation and interactive parameter settings are standard controller features. The metallic sensitivity of the 3-coil sensor detector is dependent on the dairy product's moisture and salt contents, dimensions, and package type.
Fortress Technology Inc.Fortress' highly reliable Phantom© Pipeline Metal Detector has a faster, high-performance DPS system. User friendly and simple to operate, this rugged system provides plants with the accurate, on-line detection of tramp metals in dairy operations. The Phantom Pipeline Metal Detector features automatic set-up and operation, multiple product changeover, self-test to meet demanding HACCP procedures, self-diagnostics, compensation for product effect, and modular electronics. The unit is ideal for liquid and semi-viscous dairy products.
Fortress Technology Inc.
Bunting MagneticsBunting Magnetics Co., a leading manufacturer of sanitary Magnetic Metal Separation Equipment, now supplies electronic Metal Detectors for dairy foods. Bunting's P-Tron-O Metal Detectors are designed to detect and remove tramp iron, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper, and other conductive metal contaminants from liquids, pastes, and slurries pumped through pipes. They feature waterproof electronics, easy disassembly and cleaning, and triple-coil, EMFI-protected detection to maximize metal removal and minimize loss of good product. Stainless steel P-Tron-O units have high-pressure sensing tubes and food-grade plug valve diverters that meet 3A and USDA standards.
Cassel Co.The Metal Shark® from Cassel offers a completely new design in high sensitivity metal detectors. The Metal Shark provides outstanding sensitivity, accuracy, stability and precision product-effect-compensation. The line features the latest four channel DDS (direct digital synthesizer) and DSP (digital signal processor) technology. These technologies provide outstanding product-effect compensation. Key features include high processing speed, DDS and DSP. The Metal Shark also offers:
• Digital balance control to level temperature and humidity influences.
• Auto calibration for fast and easy set-up.
• Digital frequency & phase control avoid any drifts.
• Digital noise filters eliminate undesirable signals such as vibrations and shocks.
• Multi-channel technology for the optimum recognition of all metals; ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless.
Cassel also offers its series HQ conveyors to compliment its Metal Shark metal detectors.
The conveyor's design has been adapted to the special requirements of metal detectors to provide optimum operation. All welds are ground and polished to provide a clean surface. Welded inserts in the support frame prevent water entry into the frame. Conveyor controls are conveniently located in one stainless steel enclosure, and start, stop and reset buttons are located on the enclosure for ease of operation. Optional key reset switches can be provided to allow for security against unauthorized metal detector resets to comply with the company policy regarding HACCP requirements.
Hi-Speed CheckweigherHi-Speed Checkweigher's Cornerstone Series, Model Beltweigh/ TS/Combo combines the ultimate metal detection and checkweighing solution in one unit. The Safeline™ metal detector is designed to provide superior protection against all types of metal contamination. The metal detector is microprocessor based and uses digital signal processing to ensure simplified setup and optimized detection capabilities.
The Beltweigh/TS/Combo is powered by high-performance servo motors that minimize vibration and improve weighing accuracy. Its solid, heavy-duty construction provides consistent checkweighing.
The Beltweigh/TS includes a 10.4" color touch screen interface, which is extremely easy to use and requires minimal operator training. It is a true graphical user interface and allows the operator to change from one production run to another at a touch of the screen. It has password protected programming for up to 100 products. The infeed conveyor is designed to accelerate products to provide the proper spacing for weighing. The weigh conveyor weighs and classifies the product into a customer-defined weight zone and transfers the product to the discharge conveyor. Machine-mounted rejecters remove metal-contaminated packages and off-weight packages, allowing only acceptable packages to continue downstream.