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Ensuring consistency and safety from day-one

27 March 2023

Find out why a Dutch food start-up has taken a belt-and-braces inspection approach to ensure it met IFS and BRS requirements from the very first batch.

Dutch food start-up, Soupy was introduced to a combined checkweigher and metal detection solution by local machine builder Jansen Control System –who was working with the company to help design and install its production line – Soupy had set the goal of fulfilled both IFS and BRC requirements from day one of production and to meet these requirements demanded an extra step in quality control was needed. 

Although the large stainless steel soup kettles pose little risk of product contamination, the 100% natural soup brand start-up wanted to have the assurance that no metal contamination could end up in its soups. Simultaneously, it also wanted to ensure that customers receive the exact volume of soup promised to them. The Raptor Combi checkweigher, from Fortress Technology, which is contained within a small footprint system was able to verify that the filling machine is dosing correctly.

Mastering operation
Commenting on the solution, Jan Schipper, director at Soupy, said: “Thanks to the user-friendly HMI and the support of Jansen Control Systems, our production team quickly mastered the operation of the Raptor. We especially value the pre-set automatic test procedures that provide feedback to our quality manager. It automatically meets the requirements set by large retail chains as standard.” 

Installed by Jansen at the end of November 2021, several fine-tuning adjustments were undertaken to ensure that the speed of the inspections matched the pace of the filling station and application of the packaging lid, The Raptor Combi reject mechanism was also adapted so that the pots of soup fall only 30 cm deep. Minimising any risk of spillage.

Having mastered the machine well, Jan Visser, Head of Production at Soupy, is already keen to optimise efficiency as production speed ramps up. “Further training will help us to explore the additional Raptor options,” he said. “There are several ‘bells and whistles’ features we haven’t utilised yet, but we are already thinking about how these can be adapted to out Soupy production environment moving forward.” 

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