In the world of metal detector test pieces, standards are quite high and with good reason. Using test pieces on a regular basis can make a huge difference for your business and help to protect the safety of consumers.
There is almost no avoiding contamination entirely, as all metal machinery and equipment is subject to natural wear and tear. But ensuring that you have a good quality metal detection system in place and testing it on a regular basis can help you to stay on top of this process and ensure that your products are of the best quality possible.
Not surprisingly, while many industries, including pharmaceuticals and textiles, employ metal detection, the food industry has the most vital need for promoting safety. That’s why quality metal detectors are key to meeting the increasing safety standards in the food industry. It’s also why it is so important to employ high quality, properly certified test pieces on a regular basis. Making sure that your products are safe is not only good for consumers, but it’s also good for your business, so there’s every reason to follow these safety guidelines.
There are several types of metal detectors currently in use today, but they are very different form the detector wands you might see in an airport or night club. While wands are commonly used for personal security, metal detectors in the food industry need to locate metal sometimes as small as 0.5mm. That’s a standard no airport detector will ever locate!
In general, the first line of defense in the food industry is an inline detector, which can be incorporated directly into the production line, usually at the very end, after the products have been packaged. This way each piece can pass through the detector and be scanned for the presence of even the smallest possible particle. If a contaminant is detected, the product is automatically rejected so that there is no danger of it reaching the public.
Once you consider the importance of metal detectors in this capacity, it’s easy to see how metal detector test pieces are equally important. In order to be sure that your metal detector is working properly, it is necessary to use test pieces on a regular basis. These are small plastic devices that contain particles of ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel metals. The test pieces come in a variety of shapes and sizes to make sure that no matter the makeup of your metal detector or product, it will meet the most stringent food industry standards.
Testing should be done on a regular basis according to a well-designed HACCP plan, which will most likely involve testing at the beginning of each shift and between each change of product. Each test should be carefully observed and documented so that any problems with contamination can be immediately and properly addressed.
The use of metal detector test pieces is really quite simple. The test pieces are put together into a sample pack that is identical to the product being manufactured. When testing is done, you should use ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel test pieces to test for all types of metal. The packs should be passed through the detector twice, once with the test piece at the front end of the pack and once with the test piece at the tail end. If the detector is functioning properly, the metal in the test piece should be detected, and the pack automatically rejected.
This level of testing should meet the increasingly stringent food industry standards outlined by the BRC (British Resource Consortium) and the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) as well as a company’s well-defined HAACP plan and ensure that your product is free from contaminants.
To accomplish this, it means using the best quality test pieces, designed specifically for your particular equipment and certified to meet industry standards. Since they are such an integral part of quality control for your business, you can’t afford to skimp where your metal detector test pieces are concerned. That’s why you need a name you can rely on to provide you with top of the line ferrous and non-ferrous pieces.
Since 1998, Regal Packaging Services has been that name for many in the textile, pharmaceutical and food industries. When it comes to metal detector test pieces, nobody measures up to Regal. We’ll custom design test pieces to fit your needs and provide free certification with each piece we produce so that you can breathe easier knowing your business is in good hands.