Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 10 2016 - Page 54

NOTE WRITTEN BY Fortress Technology PHOTOGRAPHY BY Fortress Technology Fortress Helps Nut Supplier Crack Metal Contaminant False Readings Replacing its existing metal detectors with five Fortress Technology’s Stealth Vertex systems has yielded a 40% improvement in sensitivity and eliminated the issue of false rejects for a leading UK nut and dried fruit processing and packing company. From its BRC (British Retail “We were getting a lot of false “It didn’t represent value for money to Consortium) Grade A-accredited rejects on the one machine, so we replace the multihead weighers and factory the company supplies had to replace that, but it was also packaging machines that continue to processed nuts and fruit & seed mixes a commercial imperative for us to work well for us. What we needed was to major blue chip manufacturers, upgrade to a higher specification of to get more productivity out of them retailers and food service operators. detection equipment,” explains an by retrofitting them with reliable in- These are marketed under their own engineering manager at the company. line metal detection units,” continues brand as well as customers’ private “We operate to the highest BRC the engineering manager. “The small, labels and include everything from standard and wanted to further compact Vertex head fitted beautifully snack pots to individual and sharing enhance our market position by within the available envelope, and we pouches and bagged peanuts popular investing in the capability to reliably liked the fact that Fortress offered full with the pub trade. detect the tiniest metallic particles.” installation and integration with our In 2015, the independently-owned Having purchased metal detection business decided to upgrade its equipment from several different The ultra-slim Vertex from Fortress metal detectors on five packing lines. suppliers over the years, the company detects metal contaminants in Weighing and filling bags of peanuts saw this as an opportunity to free-falling product prior to final and treenuts ranging from between rationalise its sourcing approach. It packaging. The sensitive unit uses 50g and 1kg, one of the company’s turned to Fortress, whose technology digital signal processing technology older detectors was generating had previously proved reliable. The to ensure detection of the smallest false rejects, resulting in frequent mini Vertex units could also be ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless downtime. Similarly, the other units fully integrated with their existing steel contaminants. Complying with were not as efficient or as sensitive multihead weighers and vertical stringent HACCP regulations, the as they needed to be to underpin baggers. built-in data collection software with existing kit.” the snack producer’s market-leading USB data transfer establishes the reputation for safety and quality. Vertex as an effective critical control point. 54 FDPP - www.fdpp.co.uk