With so much on the line when it comes to safety and quality, your inspection equipment has to run as optimally as possible. Ensuring peak performance and the best lifecycle of an inspection system includes choosing machines designed to last, ensuring the best environment to run the systems, training operators on proper procedures and taking proactive, preventive measures. Maximizing performance through care, training, and preventive, proactive measures also helps operators enhance their overall equipment effectiveness and lower their total cost of ownership over the life of the equipment.
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With food safety recalls continuing to make news around the world – including incidents involving physical contaminants – and the ongoing need to stay compliant with regulations and voluntary standards, manufacturers are looking to tighten up their preventive, proactive measures. This month, Christy Draus, Marketing Manager of Eagle Product Inspection is talking with Jacqueline Southee, North America Representative of FSSC 22000, on how manufacturers can protect their brands through certification of their food safety management system and help them conform to international and independent standards.
Optimizing inspection technologies for meat carton applications adds another layer of protection for processors as they strive to provide safe, high quality products to their customers. Today’s advanced x-ray machines and software are designed to help processors get the most out of inspection, with a range of built-in tools that keep the line moving while covering more bases. Those looking to invest in new x-ray systems for carton applications can get a real sense of that equipment’s potential performance by identifying variables and conducting multiple tests with their supplier to determine the greatest probability of detection.
It’s a new year, a new decade and a new era for food safety. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration will soon publish a strategic blueprint on its “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” initiative that emphasizes a stronger food safety culture and the use of smarter tools and technology that provide greater traceability and prevent food safety hazards in the first place. X-ray technologies fit well into this new approach, in demonstrating a company’s commitment to food safety, performing accurate, reliable inspection and capturing information and visuals for enhanced traceability.
Odds are that if you work in the food industry, you’ve heard of x-ray product inspection technology before. This technology has been used to help increase food safety and quality since the early 90s.
Food inspection has become an essential element in food production. Contamination of food with any impurities may cause serious repercussions to your business with safety programs such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). This is because of the product liability law which states that every food producer is liable for any contamination of the products they make if a consumer gets harmed. Regular rubbers and plastics can also pass through inspection radars—which can cost you dearly.
Adjusting products to the correct fill levels manually can lead to operator error, increased downtime, and wastage. However, today there exists modern quality inspection equipment that can monitor the correct fill levels and adjust the filler heads to ensure that you are compliant—without the product and time wastage which often happens through product giveaway or reworking. Performing these adjustments and measurements during full production can provide a significant edge in a competitive market and increased productivity for your business
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As a technology for ensuring top-class quality control, x-ray product inspection has become increasingly popular in the last few years. Over time, the technology has been refined and improved constantly, creating new types of x-ray machines that can detect many different contaminants.
In many of our posts about x-ray product inspection, we’ve frequently discussed the benefits of x-ray inspection to the food industry. However, the food industry isn’t the only one that can benefit from the use of x-ray inspection technology.