One of Europe’s top established family-owned confectionery producers has enjoyed a stellar reputation as a food producer. They have over 200 year old roots that started with artisans making chocolates of the highest quality and throughout the years, have won several recognition awards all over the world. Because quality and safety are deeply embedded within its culture, they are often leading the way in ensuring the products they produce are of the highest caliber and meet the most rigorous safety standards.
The company had metal detectors and they realized the limitations of an antiquated technology. Not only did they want to check for metal, it also wanted to inspect for stones, bones, glass and dense plastics and it had to ensure safety compliance. They also were seeking a system that could check for correct product in terms of weight, voids, size and ensure that defect product was also rejected before leaving the plant. This was especially important for their confectionary plant that produced a chocolate snack bar. One the challenges for this product was making sure that when the candy bars left the plant, they were all the correct size, in terms of length, and not broken.
How MEKI Solved the Requirements:
The company had heard of Mekitec and submitted product for testing with results. The MEKI inspection provided the company not only xray inspection but also certification compliance . The proprietary system software, called MEKIGuard™, offers customization in the software for product x-ray inspection needs and the company took advantage of this feature. The challenge for the snack bar previously was establishing parameter in a high line-speed and rejection. Mekitec was able to custom configure all parameters including length, integrity and foreign object detection and ensured the high line speed, over 300 pieces per minute, was configured and rejected separately. Below is the x-ray sample of the foreign objection with a before and after capture. detection The MEKI provided a turnkey x-ray inspection solution with low investment, audit compliance, and made for a seamless transition from metal detection to xray inspection.