Metal detector test standards are an important series of guidelines for all types of businesses, but particularly for the food industry. The end goal of these standards is to prevent contamination by establishing good production practices. Regular testing and maintenance of your metal detection system can help to ensure that your customers are receiving only the safest and best quality products.
The standards for testing include using the right test pieces for your individual system and performing tests at regular intervals. In this way you can help to ensure that your system is able to detect any potential contaminant throughout the entire production process and respond correctly, automatically removing the contaminated product from the line before it can be distributed.
Food grade metal detectors are intended to identify the presence of all types of metals within a product. As such, in order to comply with metal detector test standards, test pieces for these systems should include ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel to ensure thorough results. For non-metallic contaminants such as plastic, stone or glass, an x-ray system may also be employed.
Since contamination can potentially take place at any point along the production line, test standards require employing metal detectors at various locations. These should include the beginning of the line to test incoming raw materials, along the line after cutting, combining and shaping and most importantly at the end of the line after final packaging. By testing at each of these points, or as many as possible, you can better ensure the quality of the final product.
The type of detectors used can also vary depending on the product. For most standard packaged goods a conveyor fed system will suffice; loose, dry products like sugar or grains require a gravity fed system and liquids and soft, dense materials like sausages and cheeses generally use a pipeline system. In any case, the same metal detector test standards apply.
In order to ensure the accuracy of test results for any type of metal detector system, it is important to use only the highest quality test pieces. Regal Packaging Services, Inc. understands this all too well, which is why we offer a wide range of pieces in various shapes including rods, spheres, cards and pipes, each individually certified to guarantee durability.
Using the best test pieces carefully, designed to fit your system’s unique specifications, can help you to adhere to metal detector test standards. Testing your system regularly and keeping a careful record of the results is equally important. This way you can keep all of your employees on the same page in terms of quality control and maintaining your metal detection system.
Even one product recall can have a disastrous effect on your business, costing you precious time, a great deal of money and damage to your company’s image. With strict metal detector test standards in place, you have the ammunition you need to avoid this kind of PR nightmare. Regal Packaging can help you to meet those standards by providing the top quality test pieces you need at a price you can afford.