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APPLICATION FOR BACON: Fortress wins support from Bacon business – Interceptor conquers pack size on pork line

After previously utilizing a competing metal detector range, a large pork producer decided to employ Fortress Technology metal detectors throughout their operation to tackle unique inspection hurdles. In order to ensure the safety and quality of their products and accurately inspect several cuts and portions of pork, the manufacturer required a metal detector that could conquer the longstanding challenge of ‘product effect’ caused by moisture and minerals common in conductive meat products.

Following the recent acquisition of new business from a major fast-food chain, the metal detectors were required to achieve more stringent sensitivity specifications when inspecting retail and bulk packages of bacon on two of their production lines. With over 50 Fortress Technology metal detectors already installed in their facility, the producer was familiar with the simplicity, reliability, and performance of Fortress systems. The Interceptor Metal Detector was determined as the most effective solution as it is specifically designed to inspect conductive applications including meat, poultry, and fish, with the ability to satisfy the tight sensitivity guidelines that were required by the fast-food chain.

Four Interceptor Metal Detectors from Fortress Technology were installed in the facility to effectively overcome the product effect the manufacturer was experiencing and eliminate any false rejects while inspecting large volumes of bacon. Yet, they were faced with another challenge.

The problem was that the two bacon processing lines were producing various pack sizes simultaneously and in no specific order. Each 10 and 15 pound package of bacon had a separate sensitivity specification – the 10 lb product required the detection of metals as small as 2.5mm Ferrous, 3.5mm Non-ferrous, and 4.5mm Stainless Steel, while the 15 lb product had a larger threshold for detection at 4.5mm Ferrous, 4.5mm Non-ferrous, and 6.0mm Stainless Steel.

This left the question for the manufacturer on whether the metal detector’s parameters for detection should be set to the stringent 10 lb specification, causing more false rejects and unnecessary product waste when the 15 lb packages were being inspected at the same time. If the metal detector was programmed with the larger 15 lb pack specifications, an opportunity for metal contamination from the 10 lb product would present itself and pose a hazard to consumers.

Working with the producer to find a solution, Fortress Technology installed a vision camera before the metal detector infeed that inspected each 10 lb and 15 lb package. The 15 lb package had a small green label on it that the camera was able to identify and use to differentiate between the different sized packages. The camera’s output then triggered a change in the metal detector’s product settings, allowing it to simply switch between two menus that were individually programmed to achieve the required sensitivity specification for each product. The Interceptor metal detector referred to the 10 lb settings when the smaller packages were inspected, and the larger specifications when the 15 lb product was inspected. This ensured the accurate inspection of every bacon package that was conveyed through the metal detector, eliminating false rejects and drastically minimizing costly product waste.

Every application is different and presents new challenges that require innovative solutions. The Fortress Technology team is dedicated to working with our customers to overcome obstacles they may face in their inspection programs to achieve food safety. In this case, Fortress Technology gained the support of the pork producer who continues to employ Interceptor metal detectors in their facility.

SAFEGUARDING FOOD WITH REAL-TIME REPORTING

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23/09/2020  Fortress Technology (Europe) Ltd

In most westernised economies, food processors document all potential product risks, including naturally occurring hazards. To facilitate this automated reporting, Fortress Technology’s metal detectors offer secure, flexible logging of data capture, as well as a range of Industry 4:0 solutions to support track and trace.

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Join Fortress Technology Online for Pack Expo Connects

See the latest advancements in the packaging industry by joining us virtually for Pack Expo Connects. Add our exhibition page to your Pack Expo Planner to get access to our live product demonstrations, connect with our team to find solutions to your product lines and be the first to know about our newest inspection system.

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Monday November 9

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada)

Introducing Fortress Technology’s first Checkweigher – The Raptor

Fortress Technology is proud to present The Raptor Checkweigher. The Raptor promises precise weighing, and ease of use while rejecting non-compliant products. Watch us demonstrate how you can improve your process with our new checkweigher series. Register Now.


Thursday November 12

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada)

Learn how to protect high-value foods from metal contamination with Divergent Field Technology

See the Interceptor DF maximize the detection of metal contaminants in conductive and high-value products. Learn how it eliminates the orientation effects from flat contaminants, ensuring that they are easily detected and removed. Register Now.


Friday November 13

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Central Time (US & Canada)

Automatic Metal Detector Testing Saves Time, Money and Labour. Learn how here.

Fortress Technology demonstrates its revolutionary Halo automatic testing system, which automates performance verification routines to improve product quality and reduce costs associated with manual performance verifications. Register Now.


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Food Safety First Episode 5: Part 2 – Foreign Material Control

Food Safety First welcomes back AIB International’s Jeff Wilson, VP of Food Safety Services for Europe, Asia and Africa to continue the discussion around Foreign Material Control through the supply chain. Jeff emphasizes the importance of establishing foreign material control programs in food manufacturing facilities and explains how to effectively do so because, “Everyone deserves safe food every day.”

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Food Safety First Episode 5: Part 1 – Foreign Material Control

AIB International’s Jeff Wilson, Vice President of Food Safety Services for Europe, Asia, and Africa joins us on Food Safety First to discuss Foreign Material Control in food manufacturing environments.

Whether it is metal, glass, rock, rubber, insects or human hair, foreign material can come from many sources and it is the food manufacturers’ responsibility to ensure that these contaminants are removed early in the process. Learn where these contaminants come from and the foreign material control programs that can be implemented to ensure food safety.

Learn more about AIB International: www.aibinternational.com

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Food Safety First Episode 4: An Introduction to AIB International

We had the pleasure of hosting AIB International’s Jeff Wilson, Vice President of Food Safety Services for Europe, Asia and Africa on this episode of Food Safety First. Listen in to gain more insight into the vision, mission, and values that AIB was built on and how they have evolved to help food manufacturers around the globe to achieve food safety every day.

Discover more about AIB International: www.aibinternational.com

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We Are Here to Support You

Fortress Technology is committed as ever in providing you with the best in simple operation, outstanding reliability, and exceptional performance during this worldwide pandemic.

While keeping the health and safety of our customers and employees as our number one priority, we are open and able to aid you in obtaining quality Metal Detection Systems to ensure the safety of your products and provide the best in brand protection.

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VERTEX – MADE FOR SNACK INSPECTIONS

The average North American is expected to spend US$209.35 on snacks in 2020

Designed specifically to inspect free-falling snacks and ingredients, more than 700 new Vertex metal detection units designed by Fortress Technology were installed by snack manufacturers globally in 2019. Buyers ranged from some of the largest international food brands to fast-expanding niche snack factories.

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WE HAVE INVENTORY

Over 500 Stock Units are available in our warehouse and available to ship within 2-4 weeks!

What is available?

  • Stock Heads
  • Standard Vector Conveyors. Air Blast, Belt Stop Alarm, and Kicker Rejects
  • Detector Spare Part Kits
  • Test Samples   

Click Here to find the representative nearest you to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

*Custom Detectors/Conveyors do not apply and will still take standard eight week turn around*

Inspecting Wet and Conductive Product Remains A Challenge for Meat Processors

November 29, 2019
Jenny Eagle

Interceptor Metal Detectors improve stainless steel detection capabilities up to 100%, reducing waste and costly false rejects in challenging applications.

Inspecting wet and conductive products remains a challenge for meat and poultry processors, according to Fortress Technology.

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