Why metal detectors are used in the food industry?
Metal detectors for food primarily are used for the purpose of consumer protection. Despite maximum care metallic contaminations of food products during the production process cannot be fully excluded. Metal particles that enter the product during the production process or already are contained in the raw material may cause serious injuries of consumers. The consequences for the producing company are numerous and serious and include compensation claims and expensive recalls. Even bigger and longer-lasting damage is caused by the negative brand image and the loss of consumer trust caused by impure food products.
Metal detectors for food provide effective protection against ferrous and non-ferrous metals (aluminium, stainless steel, etc.). They can be installed in every step of the production process and can be used for many different applications, e.g. for the inspection of bread and bakery products, meat and sausage product, fruit, vegetables, dairy products, spices, sugar, candy, etc.
In addition to consumer protection, metal detectors also are used to protect machinery. Even smallest metal particles can lead to machinery failure. Expensive repairs and production downtimes are the consequences, often followed by revenue decreases.