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S+S detection system working in Ohio

20 September 2011

Metal detector keeps buckeyes safe. “Within two weeks of installing the S+S system”, says CFO David Smith, “it had detected a 3 inch strip of aluminium foil from a peanut butter container and a very small chip of cast iron from a mixer beater

This certainly gave us confidence in the system and more than justified the cost of the installation.”

There are many types of confectionery peculiar to the US and one of the more interesting is the Buckeye produced almost exclusively in Ohio, which is known as the “Buckeye State” after the buckeye tree and Candy Buckeyes are made in the shape of the nut from this famous tree. One of the best known producers is Marsha’s Homemade Buckeyes of Perrysburg, Ohio which was established in 1984 when Marsha Smith wanted to make a little extra money and began making Homemade Buckeyes in her kitchen from her mother-in-law’s recipe. Marsha’s Buckeyes proved so popular that two local stores began to stock the product. For the first 14 years, Marsha continued to make her buckeyes at home but, when Cracker Barrel, a large US chain of home-style restaurants, came to her door, relocation to a larger scale production facility became necessary. Cracker Barrel now carry Marsha’s Homemade Buckeyes, in over 550 locations, the recipe and taste have stayed the same although the production methods have changed to comply with modern food safety standards, including the installation of S+S Inspection metal detection equipment as part of their food safety program.

Since opening their modern facility recently, the company has installed its first metal detection system to be able to assure customers that the product is as pure and wholesome now as it was all those years ago. Quality is a key component in the new production facility and the same approach was carried through to the choice of the metal detection system. A team of senior executives visited Pack Expo 2010, in Chicago, to investigate the availability of suitable systems and selected the GENIUS+ metal detector and SANICON; the US made conveyor system from S+S Inspection. This system is designed specifically for incoming ingredients, in-process and end of line inspection applications in the food industry, where high detection sensitivity combined with conformance to current food safety such as HACCP standards is paramount. The S+S Inspection solution was judged to best meet the company’s food safety requirements at a very attractive price.

The GENIUS+ metal detectoris integral to HACCP procedures and adds value with higher standards in food safety.The SANICON Conveyor simplifies installation, hygiene and maintenance. The open aperture and easy disassembly design, with no unhygienic traps, facilitate easy wash down ensuring maximum hygiene with minimum loss of production time.At the heart of the system is an advanced GENIUS+ detection coil technology using multi-frequency, dual-channel analysis to achieve the highest sensitivity to all types of metals and the smallest possible metal-free zone for easy integration with existing production lines.

Available in either IP65 or IP69K, the GENIUS+ SANICON system, uses state of the art digital signal processing, quartz stabilized multi-search frequencies combined with software filtering analysis to deliver precise performance matched to the demands of specific applications. Self-monitoring, factory set auto-balancing, vibration immunity tuning, and temperature compensation are standard as are product effect compensation with auto-learn. Non-volatile memory is used to store multiple product specifications to simplify product changeover and all machine parameters are password protected. An EMC filter is used to suppress external electromagnetic interference.

According to David Smith, Chief Financial Officer, the service provided by S+S, both before and after sales, was excellent and ensured that the system was installed and working with little disruption to production. “Within two weeks of installing the S+S system”, says David Smith, “it had detected a 3 inch strip of aluminium foil from a peanut butter container and a very small chip of cast iron from a mixer beater. This certainly gave us confidence in the system and more than justified the cost of the installation.”

www.sesotec.co.uk


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