Dairy processors demand that inspection system manufactures follow strict guidelines for construction and performance.
Dairy processors demand that
inspection system manufactures follow strict guidelines for construction and
performance. Accordingly, the inspection
system will be constructed of stainless steel, have continuous welds and be
free of cracks and crevices which inhibits bacteria growth. The system must
also withstand rigorous wash-down.
Moreover, the systems must be
easily disassembled for cleaning whether in a pipeline or conveyor production
line. For example, a pipeline system
would use quick-connect sanitary connectors to fasten the non-metallic pipe
section through the detector.
For conveyor belt applications, the conveyor belt will need
to be removed easily without being cut.
In both scenarios it is desirable for both types to be manufactured to
concerns, performance is most often cited as the number one
requirement. This would include
excellent foreign object detection, reliability and low emissions (X-ray). A very close second is how well supported the
systems are in terms of service and spare parts.
Moreover, processors want to keep
their product pure and they have continued to do so. In fact, consumers should feel very good
about the food, pharmaceuticals and beverages that are made here in the US as
stringent food safety policies abound in the largest of corporation to the
small ma and pa shops. Will mistakes be made? Of course, however as evidenced by
the infrequency of contamination in food products (compared the staggering
volume of food being processed) is a testimony to their commitment.
To help these processors meet food
safety requirements, inspection systems must be easy to operate, do what they
are intended to do, have data collection capability, not disrupt production
with false detection and capable of networking with mainframes. These
functions/features are a must.
So what is on the horizon for
inspection systems? We will continue to
make our systems easier to use and compatible with mainframes. We are also working with plastic
manufacturing to develop detectable plastics used for belting, liners, flights,
etc. This will make our systems even
December 2, 2008