X-Ray Inspection of

Dairy Products

COMPLETING THE PRODUCTION PROCESS WITH PRODUCT INSPECTION

Milk can be processed into a number of different products. The two main categories are cheese and non-cheese products, such as ice cream, butter and pro-biotic goods like yogurt. These products tend to have a shorter shelf life, higher cost of transportation (due to the need to maintain the cold chain) and ingredients that need to be sourced from other locations.

Controlling the raw materials and ingredients is necessary, but to avoid customer reclamations or massive recalls, the out-going dairy products should be inspected in case of any possible contaminations or lacks in the quality of the products.

By placing an inspection system at the end of each production line, the dairy producers are able to guarantee that the final product is safe and ready to be shipped. When the inspection system uses X-ray technology, it is also possible to detect quality flaws such as low fill level.

DETECTING CONTAMINANTS IN DAIRY PRODUCTS

Dairy goods are often times packaged in aluminum foil in order to extend the shelf life of the products. Using aluminum packaging can prevent the use of metal detectors, that also cannot detect non-metal objects. In addition, many dairy products, such as butter and cheese, can have variable moisture and salt levels, rendering metal detection to be less effective.

Contaminants that might end up in the dairy products are most likely not metal. For example, a study on dairy product reclamations shows that the most reported hazards were due to different foreign objects (42.4%) but not so much due to metal (6.2%).

AVOID RECLAMATIONS WITH X-RAY INSPECTION

By implementing an X-ray system into your production line, you will be able to detect a variety of different foreign materials in addition to metallic ones. That is the most common reason why food producers are now choosing X-ray over metal detectors, but surely not the only reason.

With X-ray, food producers can also inspect the overall quality of the products. In the dairy industry, X-ray has helped many producers reduce the number of reclamations by inspecting e.g. the fill level of their yogurt products. This way it is ensured, that customers receive only the top-quality products.

Being able to deliver safe and high-quality products to your retailers and final consumers, you are building your food brand and making sure they also want to keep buying your products in the future.

HOW MEKITEC CAN HELP YOU TO ENSURE THE FOOD SAFETY

Our MEKI X-ray inspection systems are designed for the food industry and its needs. With this in mind, we developed our systems together with food producers to make sure that the needs are covered. Our systems provide:

  • User-friendly interface, making the systems easy to use
  • Inspection software with multiple industry-specific functions, ensuring the overall product quality
  • Small footprint, making sure that our systems can easily fit in any production line
  • Best value, enabling X-ray inspection for every food producer from family-owned businesses to large chains

Usually, the driving force for quality inspection starts with foreign object detection, but later the need expands to the inspection of the overall quality of the products. This is where MEKI X-ray inspection systems are proven to bring the most value because they offer a variety of different quality inspection features with the lowest initial investment and long-term operation costs in the industry.

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