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Protection Against Metal Contamination at Interpack 2023

Protection Against Metal Contamination at Interpack 2023
21 Mar 2023  |
Magnetic separators, metal detectors and x-ray foreign body detectors to identify and remove metal and other contamination prior to and after packing are the focus for Bunting at Interpack 2023 (4-10 May, Düsseldorf, Germany).

On stand D66 in hall 11, Bunting will exhibit working metal separators such as high-strength rare earth Drawer Filters Magnets; conveyor-mounted high-sensitivity tunnel-type Metal Detectors; and, for the very first time, the easySCOPE foreign body detector.

Bunting is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of magnetic separators and metal detectors. The Bunting European manufacturing facilities are in Redditch, just outside Birmingham, and Berkhamsted, both in the United Kingdom.

The global packaging industry converges on the biennial Interpack exhibition to see the latest industry innovations. The focus is on packaging materials, packaging machines and related process technology for the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sectors.

Bunting is exhibiting at Interpack for the first time in 2023. For over 60 years Bunting has built a reputation as a globally-leading designer and supplier of metal separation equipment to companies processing and handling foodstuffs, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

meTRON 07 CI Metal Detector installed in a paper towel manufacturing plant

Metal contaminated products damage a company’s reputation and are costly with product recalls. In the UK, the Food Standards Agency issued ten alerts regarding metal-contaminated food products that had reached the public in 2022. Metal contamination occurs in many forms, commonly occurring due to the wear and tear of processing plant such as pumps and screens. The optimum combination of magnetic separators and metal detectors in the manufacturing and packaging process ensure that finished packed goods are metal-free.

On Bunting’s stand D66 in hall 11 at Interpack are examples of magnetic separators, metal detectors, and foreign body detectors successfully installed in processing plants around the world.
The diverse range of magnetic separators on show at Interpack includes a Bullet Magnet, Inline Magnet (PIM), Torpedo Inline Magnet (TIM), FF Drawer Filter Magnets, Grate Magnet, and Plate Magnet. All the magnetic separators are available in a range of magnetic strengths, with high-powered rare earth being the most popular. Ferrous and magnetically-susceptible metal is attracted to the surface of the magnet and then securely held until manually cleaned. The different designs suit installation at various stages in a process.

The Bunting range of metal detectors includes designs for free-fall, pneumatically-conveyed, and final packaged product checking. The pTRON metal detector identifies and removes metal contamination from products transported in pneumatic pipelines. The quickTRON 07RH metal separator detects free and encapsulated metal in free-falling bulk materials, whilst fulfilling the most stringent hygiene requirements. For ultra-high-sensitivity detection of metal, Bunting is displaying the conveyor mounted meTRON 07 CI tunnel metal detector. This metal detector brings a new performance benchmark, with imagePHASE visualising the product for highly accurate metal detection at maximum reliability.

Bunting is exhibiting the easySCOPE 400 foreign body detector for the first time in Europe. The advanced X-ray technology detects contamination in packed goods and provides that final check to ensure maximum product quality. The easySCOPE detects a wide range of contamination including metal, glass, stone and plastic.

“The nature of manufacturing means that foodstuffs and other processing materials are at risk of being contaminated by metal and other materials,” explained Bradley Greenwood, Bunting’s European Sales Manager. “Our job is to provide equipment that identifies and removes any contamination before packed goods leave site. Interpack provides us with the ideal platform to help companies solve or prevent such a contamination problem caused by metal or any other materials.”

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The globally based Bunting Group is a world leader in the design and manufacture of magnetic separators, metal detectors, and specialist magnet and magnetic technology.  The Bunting Group has manufacturing operations in the USA and...