How Detectable Are Detectamet Detectable Products?
Detectamet products are made from various materials, those that offer the best capabilities for food applications that cannot always use a metal alternative. All products in the Detectamet range are detectable either by metal detection and x-ray systems, or are visually detectable.
Detectamet products are made with a proportion of a metallic magnetic trace element which is present in most cases throughout the whole object, this is at a size and concentration that allows a homogeneous flow throughout, ensuring that all parts are potentially detectable by metal detection systems without changing the physical properties of the object. Other products may have a metallic strip etc bound to the product or similar.
X-Ray machines have an advantage over metal detectors in being able to detect a wider range of foreign bodies - this is because the foreign body must be significantly different from the food or other material in X-Ray density in order to be detected.
In practice an X-Ray machine will be able to detect items such as glass, metal, stones, bone and some denser plastics, for example PVC.
Detectamet X-Ray visible plastic has been developed to work in conjunction with metal detection and x-ray detection systems, using an x-ray visible trace element which is present throughout the whole object and increases its density, allowing detection of foreign body contamination to the end of the production line.
Detectamet products are all detectable - but there will be a cut off point. This will not be systematic for all customers and indeed for all machines/lines or sites.
There is no 100% guarantee of zero risk with any detectable products.
Have you ever considered why small pieces of metal are able to get into production lines? There will always be a limit as to at what point the Detectamet material (or any detectable material) will stop being detected! If using an X-ray machine, the density of the product you are manufacturing must be less than the foreign object matter.