USA American biotechnology product development company, Thermo Fisher Scientific has unveiled a new multi-frequency metal detector compactly designed for checkweigher combination systems in food production facilities.

The new scanning multi-frequency metal detector ‘Thermo Scientific Sentinel 3000 multiscan detector’ is designed to improve productivity and maximize floor space by combining the benefits of multiscan metal detection technology with accurate weight control. 

Fisher says that the Sentinel 3000 detector is the smallest model in the line of Sentinel metal detectors and mounts on the frame of Thermo Scientific VersaWeigh and Versa GP checkweighers.

According to the company, it is also the first multi-frequency metal detector specifically designed for metal detection-checkweighing combination systems in food production.

This provides food manufacturers and food quality managers with improved functionality and performance in a smaller footprint than typically required with two pieces of equipment.

By integrating the detector onto the checkweigher frame, Fisher notes that the need for an external metal detector conveyor is eliminated.

New harmonized Versa checkweigher software incorporates capability to operate the checkweigher and metal detector from one screen and is designed to improve usability and reduce training time. 

 “Food manufacturers are increasingly adopting combination systems for more economical product inspection,” said Bob Ries, lead product manager, metal detection and X-ray inspection for Thermo Fisher Scientific.

“The Sentinel 3000 metal detector enables them to use advanced multi-frequency technology to keep consumers safe while optimizing space.

“An integrated metal detector also provides superior value since the hardware is shared with the checkweigher.”

The Sentinel 3000 metal detector features multiscan technology, which allows users to select up to five frequencies from 50 to 1000 kHz and scan through each frequency at a rapid rate – effectively acting like five metal detectors in one.

Multiscan is designed with improved sensitivity to identify contaminants that are up to 30 percent smaller in volume than previous Thermo Scientific technologies.

The technology also is devised to increase the probability that all random sizes, shapes and types of metal foreign objects are found before food products reach consumers. 

The Sentinel 3000 metal detector is designed for a wide range of food applications, including dairy, meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables and bread.

This is one of the latest technologies by Thermo Fisher Scientific,after it recently unveiled an upgraded metal detection technology which has met stringent standards set by UK leading retailer Marks & Spencer.