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Metal detection solution for Greencore

20 May 2016

Food Processing reports on the successful implementation of multi-spectrum metal detection equipment at a Greencore site. 

Greencore Group is a leading manufacturer of convenience food, supplying many of the UK’s leading retailers and food service companies. Its culture is one of innovation, expertise and food safety with Greencore chefs creating over 1,000 new recipes every year.

Metal Detection Services (MDS) has worked with Greencore for many years with one of the most recent installations taking place at its factory in Warrington.

The project required tests to be undertaken using samples from Greencore’s own label brand ranges and MDS put forward its CEIA MS21 multi-spectrum industrial metal detection technology. Two other manufacturer’s detectors were also tested alongside the CEIA units.

After very positive results were achieved from the tests, MDS was asked to submit its most competitive bid. When all the bids had been received, Greencore requested further testing of the MDS soltuion, which was again successful and finally, an order for seven, twin headed units was placed with MDS.

The project required seven, twin headed systems comprising 14 conveyor-mounted detector heads. The heads are both Ferrous in Foil and MS21 Multi Spectrum Technology. All of the systems are designed and built to the latest retailer codes of practice.

Built at CEIA’s production facility in Italy, four project staff from Greencore, headed up by Greencore project managers, Neil Greenfield and Jon Bremner, undertook a factory acceptance test at CEIA HQ facility before the units were shipped to the Greencore site in the UK.

Working with MDS project managers, David Hale and Pete Higgins, the units then underwent in-depth testing and were passed off by the Greencore team.

The systems were installed in the first quarter of 2016 and commissioning is currently well advanced with several units already in production and the remainder due to be completed by the end of April 2016.

Since installation of the equipment, Greencore has identified that the level of detection of ferrous materials and other contaminants has dramatically increased using the new CEIA technology when compared to the previous metal detection equipment. Greencore has been able to reduce its test stick size by more than half with the new technology that is now available to it.

The success of these metal detection units has led to MDS being asked to quote for two further units as part of an ongoing expansion project at the Greencore factory.

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