Imagine a consumer sits down for their evening meal and finds a stone or piece of calcified bone – or worse glass or metal – in their chicken breast or steak. Such findings can lead to costly product recalls which have the potential to ruin reputations and end contracts. Guarding against such occurrences is not just essential for the health of a business – and consumer safety – but is also now mandatory under USDA regulations.
One of the most effective ways to easily and efficiently detect contaminants is through JBT’s XVision™ FlexScan™, an intelligent x-ray inspection system that is ideally suited to finding and eliminating contaminants in wet or dry environments alike.
The FlexScan rethinks contamination detection by using a new flexible modular detection system, which leverages multiple X-ray technologies to see and extract contamination from food.
“Such contaminants include metal, such as stainless steel, stone and glass that can get into poultry and red meat – and especially packaged meats – during the production process,” explains Dino Carbone, Division Product Manager at JBT XVision. “This provides a level of protection to our customers’s customers, and to the end user, so they can be assured their food is safe and of a high quality. It has become a necessary component of the production process, and one that is now required by the USDA.”
Carbone says customers love the FlexScan’s hygienic and robust design, as well as its ability to operate in wet production environments where contamination can occur. The FlexScan also comes with an unprecedented degree of flexibility. It can be placed downstream after equipment such as a grinder or further upstream, so any contamination can be identified and expelled earlier in the production line. The advantage here, continues Carbone, is that it reduces the amount of waste and cost incurred when a customer detects contamination further down the line. “This is especially useful when customers are bringing in products from other locations,” he says.
A FlexScan machine, featuring an integrated retractable nose and rejection conveyor, will be on display as part of JBT’s presence at IPPE 2022, the annual trade expo which takes place in Atlanta GA from January 25-27. “IPPE is a show where everyone from across the industry comes together, so it’s definitely a key place for us to advise our customers on some of the new technologies and solutions that we have,” adds Carbone.
JBT will be exhibiting at IPPE 2022 in Atlanta GA from January 25-27 in Booths C12743 and C12943 at the Georgia World Congress Center.