Laser scanning technology

Ingredient supplier Petrow Food Group has invested in new laser scanning and packaging technology at its £4 million factory and warehouse facility in Haverhill, Suffolk, UK, to maximise food safety, reduce the risk of contamination and improve supply chain efficiencies.

The Tomra laser scanner, installed in mid 2015, is a front and rear laser scanner designed to clean unwanted shells and foreign bodies from food ingredients before processing. The scanner can also sort ingredients to customers’ colour grading specifications.

“The laser scanner capability ramps up the safety of food ingredients and brings a new level of quality assurance,” explains Ian Tatchell, managing director, Petrow Food Group.

In addition, the company has invested in a Niverplas case erecting, case lining and case sealing machine with bespoke additional capabilities including automated weighing system, metal detection and labelling. The machine fills and seals all products in standard 12.5 kilo boxes, or bespoke sizes, ready for distribution.

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