VANCOUVER, WASH. – ABM Equipment is utilizing new hardware and software from Eagle to detect foreign materials in food products half the size than previously possible, according to the company.
With a mix of improved detector boards, redesigned generators and algorithms, contaminants as small as 0.3 mm are now detectable depending on the product.
Originally developed for the poultry industry, where bones are becoming finer and less calcified as practices change, the new solution, PXT, was intended to be the best solution for one of the market’s most difficult applications.
“We knew it was going to be better, we just didn’t know by how much,” said Jeff Walling, co-owner of ABM Equipment. “We took the PXT in a head-to-head against the industry’s other top players and blew them out of the water. Even the smallest test contaminants—the ones meant to make the machines fail— were detected at 100% accuracy. We just didn’t have contaminants small enough to see how far it could go. And that’s when the light came on.”
Since its launch, ABM has applied PXT to other products and documented the same results.
“This is a quantum-leap for the industry,” said John Cassa, co-owner of ABM Equipment. “For the past few decades every player in the space has been pretty comparable. One company may perform better with this contaminant or that product, or they might get real tight specs on a specific application. They might see 0.3 mm stainless steel in cheese, for example, but then that’s all they can see. We’re getting unheard-of specs on everything—metal, bone, glass, plastic, stone, item weight, fill level, whatever. Even mass measurement and item count have improved.”
ABM Equipment is Eagle’s principal distributor and product-development partner. To learn more, visit abmxray.com/pxt/.