Sauer’s Bakehouse in the past has used metal detectors in both lines up until now. But Martin Sauer wanted to go one step further to increase food safety and to increase his competitiveness at the same time. Sauer wanted to start with X-ray Inspection at their line for fresh bread. The machine needed to replace the existing metal detector 1:1.
Normally the machine would be placed after the packaging machine, but as Sauer supplies packed and unpacked bread this was impossible. The machine needed to be installed directly after the cooling tunnel where the bread is received chaotically across the conveyor. To make it even more complicated there was a small space available, and workers were in proximity so that the X-Ray machine must be extremely tight in terms of radiation safety.
SC-4000 Bulk – Advantages of Modularity
The applied solution is the high-end modular SC-4000 X-ray scanner from Wipotec together with a special build rejection solution supplied by Diverseco. Due to the SC-4000 X-ray modularity it was possible to fit the machine in the line to meet the needs of Sauer’s Bakehouse.
With the bulk flow software package, the inspection could be managed even when the products a rived in this chaotic way, due to the unique VioX Camera Technology (with a camera resolution down to 0.1 mm for the highest detection capabilities). Wipotec can provide a 7-year warranty on this part of the machine, independently from any service agreement. Additionally, the machine is very easy to clean, which protects the product against microbiological contamination.
The radiation emissions were tested extremely low, making it very safe for the employees working in the factory of Sauer’s. All Wipotec X-ray scanner have a signal lamp, that indicates clearly, when the radiation is switched on. This lamp is part of the safety architecture, meaning if the lamp is broken the machine cannot be started. The same applies if the central door of the machine is not properly closed.