Using metal detector test pieces should be a regular practice for any business that employs metal processing equipment. No matter how careful you may be, it is nearly impossible to avoid contamination completely. Unfortunately, it is just a regular fact of life. The more a machine is used, the more it is likely to wear down and as that happens small pieces of metal can flake off and end up in your product. That is a headache you do not need to have, and with the simple use of quality test pieces, you can easily avoid it.
Metal detectors are used in many different industries such as pharmaceutical packaging and textile manufacturing, to ensure the quality of their finished products. Not surprisingly, one of the most prominent practitioners of conventional metal detection is the food industry, where safety is of the utmost importance. Because the use of metal detectors is so critical, the food industry employs very specific standards, and to maintain those standards, manufacturers have to be sure that their detectors are working properly at all times, which is where test pieces come into the picture.
In most cases, food manufacturers use inline metal detectors that are incorporated directly into their production line. In this way, each piece is passed through the detector before final packaging so that they can be cleared of any contaminants. If even the smallest metal particle is detected, the entire product is rejected and pulled out of the processing line before it can be shipped.
Since even one contaminated package of food can end up costing a business millions of dollars, it is essential that this detection process is regularly used and that metal detector test pieces are used to ensure that it works properly.
These test pieces are small plastic units that contain metal particles. They come in various shapes and sizes and can be customized to fit specific types of machinery. By running them through your metal detector on a regular basis, you can help your business to meet exacting food industry standards and be sure that the products you provide to consumers are as safe as possible.
Because your entire business relies on this testing, it is imperative that it be done regularly. Machinery is in a constant state of degradation so contamination can literally happen at any moment. For this reason, the best practice is to test your detector on an hourly basis as well as at the beginning of each shift and any time you change products.
The testing process is straightforward. Metal detector test pieces are usually placed in a sample pack of the company’s product, which is then passed through the detector twice, once with the sample pack at the front end of the line and once with it at the end of the line. Provided the detector is working as it should, the test piece will be detected, and the offending pack rejected.
To ensure that you are meeting food industry standards, you want to be sure that you are using the best quality test pieces, designed specifically to work with your equipment. Again, since even the smallest slip up in the quality control process can be very costly, you cannot afford to settle for second best when purchasing test pieces. You want to deal with a company that understands the exact nature of safety standards in the food industry and can provide what you need to keep your business running smoothly.
Regal Packaging Services has been doing just that since 1998. We provide metal detector test pieces that are made to measure and have been successfully used in the textile, pharmaceutical and especially the food industry. We will work with you to custom design test pieces to fit your specific machinery, and we will even provide certification with each piece, so you know you are getting the best. That way you can have peace of mind knowing that you are doing right by your customers by keeping your production process safe from start to finish.