Magnets – Food Metal Detectors

Magnets are used throughout the food production and processing industry; this is because one of the most important aspects during the processing procedure is safety and the removal of contaminant metals in food using magnets. Working in the food processing industry makes it obvious that the main concern regarding safety is the ever-existing presence of metal shards and chipped metal contaminants compromising the quality of the product.

As the product being produced is consumed, not detecting and removing contaminants can have detrimental effects on a person’s business or a person’s health. For example, if a customer consumes a contaminant product this could result in illness and therefore have a domino effect on the company. This could result in loss of confidence in their food supply and product and gaining a bad reputation for your brand; in worst-case scenarios, it could even result in compensation claims and expensive product recalls.

However, there is an easy solution and essential piece of equipment that every food processing plant should have to prevent the contamination of your products. Magnets catering specifically to the food industry such as industrial metal detectors should be a compulsory piece of equipment for any area of food production to ensure the safety and quality of the product before being sold to customers.

Metal Detection - Food Metal Detector

What Contaminants Do Magnets Detect in The Food Industry?

Throughout many industries especially where products go through industrial processing the most common contaminant present is metal. This is because metal contaminants in food can originate from a variety of different sources at different times during the production process. Metal fragments can enter the product from tools breaking or chipping while harvesting or even parts of robotic systems that break during processing. But luckily for us and many companies, these metal contaminants can be easily detected using strong magnets easily extracting the metal shards.

Through the installation of food metal detector using industrial magnets, you can identify and flag when a contaminant is present. This is done by the food metal detector detecting metallic contaminants depending upon their conductivity and magnetic permeability. Also, the specialised magnets remove these contaminants before the product is rolled out to retailers and consumed by customers.

3 Main Metal Contaminants Detected by Magnets:

  • Ferrous metal – Both magnetic and conductive and are easily detected by food metal detector
  • Non-ferrous metal – Not magnetic, but are good conductors and can be detected relatively easily by food metal detector
  • Stainless steel – Usually non-magnetic and a poor electrical conductor