Designed for use with a wide variety of foods
including seafood, the Ishida AirScan uses advanced laser technology to
identify leaks of CO2 from holes as small as 0.5mm in sealed
modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) packs at speeds of up to 180 packs per
minute. It has been designed to be
easily integrated into existing production lines.
“With retailers and suppliers under pressure to minimise food waste,
packaging leaks have been associated with almost 500,000 tonnes of food wasted
in production each year,” said Alan Mutch, Ishida Europe’s Quality Control Manager.
“Compromised packaging can lead to bacterial
spoilage, reduced shelf-life and a damaging rise in complaints and returns.
This can result in increased cost of production, loss of brand image and
reputation, and the heightened risk of retailer fines.”
The new Ishida AirScan is claimed to offer fast,
100% reliable and completely non-destructive identification of leaks of C02
and has been designed to be highly effective in fast moving production
environments so that maximum quality can be achieved without compromising on
high throughput speeds and minimum packing time.
By maintaining the optimum gas fill for each pack,
the leak detector provides consistent product quality, and allows production
problems to be identified and rectified quickly. It also reduces the amount of packaging that
has to be scrapped, while the non-destructive testing process ensures that product
can be re-packed.