How To Know When To Upgrade Your Inspection Equipment in 2022

Mar 24, 2022 by Mark Dingley

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Is it time to upgrade your inspection equipment.

Australian retailers are demanding better quality assurance processes to ensure they are selling the best quality products to consumers. Likewise, if you are exporting your products, you need to ensure they are completely compliant with regulations.

For manufacturers, that means you need more accurate inspection systems.

The good news is as technology advances, upgrading your existing inspection equipment opens the door to new capabilities, improved accuracy, and more confidence that you remain compliant.

How do you know when it’s time to upgrade your inspection equipment?

Look at these top factors:

 

1. Retailers are demanding better inspection and QA systems

Regulations are becoming more stringent for suppliers, so if you want to make sure your product makes it to the shelves or you are looking to supply to supermarkets for the first time, you need to tick all the right boxes.

Australia’s major supermarkets – Coles, Woolworths and Aldi – have been pushing suppliers to implement better, more accurate inspection systems for a few years now.

The strawberry needle crisis in 2018 forced the hand of many fresh produce suppliers to implement metal detection systems, but it could be time to upgrade your system for even better accuracy.

For example, advanced X-ray systems can inspect virtually any packaged product to find contaminants embedded right inside the product. They identify contaminants by evaluating density through the product and packaging, even if the product is packaged in a thick foil pouch or can.

2. You are extending or changing your product range

If you are introducing new products to your range in 2022, look at upgrading your inspection solution to make sure it is ready for your new products.

X-ray machines can inspect almost any type of products, from packed goods, free flowing goods, pumped products (such as meat, cheese, dough), liquids, and more.

They are also not susceptible to the “product effect”, “orientation effect” or many other environmental factors.

If you are frequently changing product size, format and packaging, look to more flexible product inspection equipment that will continuously run at optimum performance.

 

3. You need your system to do more

If you have had your machine for a while, it could be time to upgrade to make sure you are getting the maximum capabilities for your investment.

For example, metal detectors can detect non-metals, but if you want to detect glass, stone or bone in your products, it’s worth upgrading to an X-ray system.

You can also look for systems that do more than inspection. For example, X-ray inspection systems can also see inside the container to check the shape and size of items, and count the number of items present. This is valuable for products like ready-made meals or biscuit multipacks, where a set number of items need to be present.

You can also benefit from two inspection processes in one streamlined system with a Combined Metal Detector Checkweigher. It’s ideal if you have less floor space available too, as you don’t need room for separate metal detector and checkweigher machines. The machine has special features such as lockable reject bins, reporting software and fail safe systems so you can meet the required compliance standards when supplying to supermarkets.

Another way to get more value out of one piece of equipment is with a weigh labeller. It’s ideal for a wide variety of food products, including meats, fruits, vegetables and bakery products, as well as non-food products. The packages are forwarded, aligned, weighed and labelled, with speeds and labelling to suit your production line.

4. You need to show an audit trail

Are you supplying products to major retailers? You likely need to show an audit trail. For example, if there’s a complaint, how can you prove what the product looked like when it left your premises?

Both a metal detector and X-ray system will tell you how many products have been checked, the number of rejects, and so on. An X-ray system will even record an image of every product checked.

Summary

There are many benefits of upgrading your product inspection system, from reduced operating costs and maximised uptime to ensuring you are compliant with customer regulations. But it’s important to ensure you aren’t upgrading for the sake of upgrading. That’s where our team can help. Talk to our team about your current and future needs, and we can help you weigh up the pros and cons of upgrading your inspection equipment, and help you identify the best technology for your business.