Profile: A Swedish nut and snack mix producer was founded in 1987 by its CEO who wanted to import pistachios from his homeland. The company developed a loyal customer base that increased demand for more products. His business grew and became a supplier of ethnic food and expanded to a variety of nuts, dried fruits, mixes, rice and snacks. Today it is a multi-generational family business and top quality is their mission focus has developed with a very strict self-inspection program for food safety and achieved a BRC certification with high marks and also works to reduce their environmental impact.
As the business grew the producer wanted to ensure that the product always remained safe and sought an x-ray inspection solution. Some of the challenges included a limited budget, space constraints and they needed a system that was flexible, ensured audit compliance for new business. As they went through the due diligence process, it became evident that a metal detection has its limits and system that detected metal but also stone, glass, bone and handle heterogeneous material. Finding a turnkey x-ray that was affordable, and yet flexible, became mission critical in evolving the business.
How MEKI Solved the Requirements:
After research and meetings, the company learned about Mekitec and the MEKI x-ray inspection system. The affordability, small footprint and audit compliance was intriguing however it was very important that the customer’s parameters were met regarding capability issues. The customer submitted several product samples for testing and when the results were ready, the customer could see the MEKI x-rays application test for foreign object detection with before and after shots. The ‘Fruits and Nuts X-ray Inspection’ with before and after foreign object detection is a sample xray the customer saw.
The MEKI uses the MEKIGuard image analysis software. The unit was not only able to fit in the limited space and ensure quality control; the system was flexible in handling short time leads. The software also ensured the customer would be ready for additional compliance certifications in order to grow the business and continue to delivery safe product for customers.