Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 19 2018 - Page 7

system could potentially deliver even better performance, this is limited by the upstream cutter. Despite its high speed, the system reliably detects foreign bodies such as pieces of metal, glass and plastic as well as gristle and bone. The requirement to reliably detect pieces of metal with a diameter of 0.6 mm, glass with a diameter of 2 mm and plastic with a diameter of 5 mm has been fulfilled, as regular functional checks with specially prepared products demonstrate. In addition, the system is also able to reject sausages that exhibit other flaws such as clumps of herbs or damaged items. A special high-speed reject arm directs rejected sausages into a reject bin. The data log collects all information and helps to eliminate recurring sources of contamination, while also providing confirmation that the production processes are properly and correctly set up. The new X-ray inspection system is used by Goldschmaus Natur mainly in a two- shift operation and, thanks to its IP 65 protection rating, can easily withstand the humid production environment. It did not take long for the operators to familiarise themselves with this largely maintenance-free machine. The easy-to- use X-ray system features an automatic set-up function and is ready within 90 seconds. Fine adjustments can be made during operation without interrupting the production. Up to 100 programmable pre- sets allow rapid product changeovers. For operations manager Michael Schmolke, the benefits of this X-ray inspection system are clear: “It can find all sorts of foreign bodies – and not just metal. Also, no other system on the market can check for foreign bodies at such high speeds.” Goldschmaus’ customers, too, have been informed about the new X-ray inspection system, which sends out a clear message that Goldschmaus Natur is committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality control. FDPP - 7