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Three Foreign Material Detection Stories From the Meat Processing Plant

What’s a word that springs to mind when you think about the issue of foreign materials in meat processing? Unintentional and problematic top the list, but inevitable could easily fit in there too. That’s because the materials that lead to contamination on the processing line – including wood pallets, cardboard combos, plastic liners, disposable gloves

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A Head-to-Head Test of 3 Foreign Material Inspection Technologies 

The many benefits associated with removing foreign materials from your product stream are obvious – from controlling chargebacks to reducing downtime spent cleaning contaminated equipment to, ultimately, protecting your brand.  What’s often less obvious is which specific inspection technology will be most effective for finding the foreign materials that impact your operations. Foreign materials vary

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Four Foreign Material Detection ROI Success Stories

Foreign Material Detection: High ROI from Quality and Efficiency Gains Contaminants like wood, plastic, and cardboard can slip through traditional detection methods and make their way into processed meats. This not only poses safety risks, but can seriously damage a company’s reputation. That’s why more and more meat processors are turning to hyperspectral imaging systems

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Your Hyperspectral Imaging Primer: What it is and Why it Excels at Foreign Material Detection

Rising safety costs. Disruptive labor shortages. Eroding margins due to material costs and processing errors. Increasing consumer demands for health and safety transparency. The meat processing industry is being squeezed from many different directions. While there isn’t one simple fix to address these challenges and future-proof your business, inspection technology has an important role to

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Four Experts Weigh in on Foreign Material Detection 

Foreign material contamination creates a multitude of issues for food processors and manufacturers. While the industry invests a huge amount of effort and resources into preventing and detecting foreign material in the food supply, as Shawn Stevens, founder of Food Industry Counsel, LLC, so aptly says, “Sometimes bad things do happen.”   Stevens was one of

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Before you Invest: How to Calculate the ROI for Automated Inspection Systems

Every meat processing plant leader wants to have the right mix of automated inspection systems calibrated to capture foreign materials without over-inspecting and negatively impacting yields. Budgeting realities require making data-driven decisions before investing in any technology. With so many inspection technologies to choose from, it can be challenging to know where to invest for

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