Food & Beverages

A quality food manufaturing system ensures a happy customer and a flourishing business. Any setbacks in the production may lead to faulty products or packaging that ultimately causes severe economic losses to the manufacturers and retailers, contributing to wastage of food and a concern to the world’s food supply. In the food and beverage industry, process monitoring is performed for a number of production processes. The quality control processes include temperature measurement, thickness measurement, 3D profile scanning, dimensional testing, integrity testing, etc.

Bestech Australia offers non-contact sensors for a variety of measurements and quality inspection tasks that are widely used in production process.

  • optoNCDT laser-optical sensor
  • LVP series Inductive Sensors
  • Laser profile scanners
  • Leak Testers
  • Confocal chromatic sensors
  • Infrared temperature sensors
  • Eddy current sensors

Dimensional Testing of Cans for the Food Industry

In the production of can, it is important to ensure that the fabricated cans and can-lids are of accurate dimensions and shape so as to prevent any food leakage or rotting due to rodents or moisture ingress. Thus, it should be strictly monitored if the packaging is done properly in an airtight seal. Failing to do so may lead to costly batch sealing failures. To avoid this situation from happening, special non-contact automated measurement testing machines are developed to monitor the seal integrity of the cans and to ensure dimensional uniformity.

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Sorting shrimps in the fish industry

Earlier, shrimps used to be manually sorted using an adjustable sorting machine. However, this process wasn’t much reliable and quick. Modern sensor technology improved the operations of these machines significantly. In these improved machines, the shrimps are passed by a conveyor belt into a container that shakes the shrimps through two rolls. The size of shrimps depend on the separation of the rolls.

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Thickness and volume measurement of potato slices

Thickness of potato slices used for making potato crisps directly has an impact on the taste and quality of the crisps. They can’t  be made too thin or too thick, in order to avoid these crisps getting burnt or having soft core remains after cooking. This is why it is important to maintain a consistent thickness throughout the production. Sensors have a long way to go in this industry, saving a lot of time and giving reliable results.

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Quality control in chocolate production

In the production of chocolates, quality and perfection are the major things that are constantly monitored. It is ensured that production errors such as deformations, holes in the surface or undesired protruding edges or even the slightest deviation from the structure are not there. To enforce this, highly reliable quality control equipment are used that involve a smooth production procedure. Bestech Australia provides sensor technology suitable for this kind of application, thereby providing high-precision results.

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Ensuring package integrity using Leak Testers

Packaged food products require complete protection against moisture, oxygen or biological contamination that can incur due to even a minor leak in the package. These factors degrade the quality of the food contained in these packages and raise a concern on food safety due to contamination. A perfect sealing reduces deterioration, retains the beneficial properties of processing, extends product shelf-life and maintains the quality of food. Hence, to ensure that the food packaging is upto the mark and highly reliable, several leak testing systems have been introduced in the food industry with both destructive and non-destructive measuring methods.

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