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Fortress Technology has installed two of its Vertex metal detectors at Israeli snackfood company Mana to inspect a variety of free-flowing snack products prior to final packaging.

The Vertex metal detectors were selected for their slim design, sensitivity levels and simplicity.

They have been installed within a narrow space at Mana’s production facility in Beit Shemesh.

The Vertex metal detector has been designed by Fortress for production environments where space is restricted and standard conveyor-based systems would not fit.

Despite its slim stature, this flexible unit achieves the same sensitivity levels as the company’s other Phantom-branded models, but in a reduced frame.

Typically located between a multi-head weigher and vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine, product is gravity fed through the detector’s aperture before being sealed in a pouch by a bagger.

Using digital signal processing technology to inspect freefalling product at high speeds, the Vertex is capable of detecting the smallest ferrous and non-ferrous metal contaminants including pieces of wire, shavings and swarf.

It also incorporates the intelligence, functionality and user-friendly operation of the Fortress Phantom digital technology using a mountable remote control box.

The company said Vertex is ideal for metallised film applications, as raw product inspection yields higher sensitivity levels than the limited performance attainable when scanning the finished product within its metallic packaging.

Constructed from aluminium, the Vertex is available in standard sizes with the option of custom-designed support frames for ease of installation.

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