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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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PPO TechTalk for IPPE 2023: Achieving Zero FM by Expanding Multi-Hurdle Inspection

On January 28th at the International Production & Process Expo (IPPE), Olga Pawluczyk, CEO of PPO, talked about the benefits and drawbacks of different types of visual inspection systems, including human inspection, multi-spectral imaging, and hyperspectral imaging. She covered how some visual inspection systems can go beyond foreign materials and help address quality issues such …

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Building Hyperspectral Imaging Technology with the Women at PPO

The women on our team are working on our hyperspectral imaging technology every day to bring it to food processors and keep food safe. On International Women’s Day, we also take this day to raise awareness about women’s equality in STEM. We work hard to create an environment where everyone feels welcome on our team. …

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Webinar – Food Safety Hazards Series: Physical Hazards

On December 16th 2021, PPO and Food Safety Tech presented a webinar titled, “Food Safety Hazards Series: Physical Hazards.” This webinar was presented by Scott Ruttgaizer, Product Manager at PPO; Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief at Food Safety Tech; Shawn Stevens, Food Safety Consultant and Lawyer at Food Safety Counsel, LLC; Casey Gallimore, Director, Regulatory & Scientific …

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Developing Artificial Intelligence Models For a Meat Processing Plant

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are changing the way we produce and process food. PPO uses both AI and machine learning in the Smart Imaging System, to improve the safety and quality of what we eat. AI and machine learning allow the system to identify and remove even hard-to-spot foreign material in-stream. They also …

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