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Ishida introduces high-speed MAP leak detector

Japanese food packing machine builder Ishida has given a European debut to a new gas detector module called the AirScan.

It is designed the address the perpetual problem of losses due to failure in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for raw and cooked meats, cheeses, poultry, fruit, salads, and ready meals.

Ishida Europe quality control manager Alan Mutch explains: ‘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.

‘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 Airscan uses a laser for non-destructive testing of leaks of carbon dioxide from incorrectly sealed MAP. It can detect holes as small as 0.5mm in packaging lines running at speeds of up to 180 packs per minute.

The new module can accommodate packaging measuring from 70mm x 70mm x 5mm, up to 300mm x 300mm x 150mm. It is designed to be a drop-in addition to existing lines, and is being sold as part of Ishida’s quality control range.

Mutch adds: ‘Investment in quality control equipment delivers quick commercial returns – not only by ensuring a high-quality product leaves the factory gate, but also in providing retailers with the added reassurance that they are sourcing from responsible suppliers that can deliver high levels of customer satisfaction.’

This article comes from Food Contact World, which provides exclusive news and analysis on developments in digital print trends, markets, and technologies.