Greater product variety and increasing consumer attention to quality are among key factors driving snack producers and bakeries to update their inspection and detection equipment with models that, among other features, detect ever-smaller foreign objects and reduce false rejects.
Andrew Blubaugh, product manager, metal detection, Bunting Magnetics, Newton, KS, sees an ongoing trend toward tighter inspection standards that allow companies to achieve compliance and stay competitive. “For X-ray and metal detection, the focus is on finding various hazards for foreign object contamination, as well as smaller particle sizes. For checkweighers, the focus is on tightening variances for weight and inspecting at higher speeds. In all cases, the ability to change from one product to another is important.”