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We have provided service and calibration on Inspection Equipment in bakery sites across the UK for over 20 years.

Bakery sites commonly are hot and challenging environments for Inspection Equipment. Robust brands are required to withstand fluctuations in temperature whilst maintaining requirements. Bakery applications frequently suffer with product debris in crumb form and hygienic frame designs are crucial. When designing equipment for the bakery industry SNB offer tubular frame systems in open access format without panelling. This keeps all surfaces visible and accessible in order to assist with any debris removal.

Bakery products are sometimes wrapped in Foil and metallised films. These effect the performance of Metal Detection Equipment and require specialised advice before use.  

Inspection Equipment is found throughout production lines in the bakery industry, from inspecting flours and grains at the start of production, through to end of line detection after packaging is completed. It is important to consider your production process and where best to place in-line or end of line Inspection Equipment.

Please contact the SNB Sales Team if you require advice on your specific requirements.  

The following types of Inspection Equipment are common place in the confectionery industry

In-line Metal Detector/ Metal Detector Conveyor System

These systems are typically found near the end of the production process prior to Checkweighing and final outer packaging.

End of Line Bulk Metal Detector

Bulk Metal Detection Systems are commonly placed after the product has been wrapped and the aperture is usually much larger in size. They can also be found on lines supplying bulk product for further processing elsewhere. Lower levels of detection are normally associated to this type of detector due to the larger apertures.

Ferrous In Foil (FIF) Metal Detectors

This type of Metal Detector is only used when products are processed or packaged with Aluminium Foil - such as Mince Pies. Detection of Ferrous or magnetic metals is all that is possible with this type of Metal Detector.  Common grades of Stainless Steel and non-Ferrous metals are not detectable. 

Freefall Gravity Metal Detection

Inspection Equipment for use directly underneath Silos is commonly seen in the bakery industry. These Metal Detection search heads often have to work within tight inaccessible confinements. Good quality Metal Detection Equipment is critical here as performance can vary dramatically between brands. Where space is abundant the automatic rejection of powders is common place with the use of divert mechanisms. 

In-line Checkweigher Systems

As a standalone system, Checkweighers are normally placed after Metal Detectors. Checkweighing is carried out after all processing and packaging is complete. This gives the Checkweigher the ability to calculate accurate totals for batch and shift weights, whilst monitoring that each and every pack falls within the declared weights and tolerances. SNB recommend the use of individual Metal Detection and Checkweigher systems wherever possible to reduce the risk of production downtime. 

Metal Detector Combination Systems

A popular choice for these industries is to combine the Metal Detection and Checkweighing requirements into a single frame, housing both pieces of equipment. Although this nearly always reduces the space required it carries added risk. Should the Checkweigher suffer a failure, production cannot continue under the temporary acceptance of manual weight checks because the Metal Detector is also taken out of operation. Production would either need to cease until the Combination System can be restarted or stockpiled for future Metal Detection prior to dispatch. Both of these outcomes normally carry high cost implications for businesses.

Inspection Equipment for Bakery Industry

Over our 20 years of trading, SNB have helped bakeries up and down the country to continue running their inspection equipment smoothly. SNB have different services and products available to both new and existing customers to aid their inspection requirements:

  • Calibration, Service & Breakdown Calls – whether your metal detector is due an annual calibration or your checkweigher doesn’t seem to be weighing accurately, customers can book an engineer simply by ringing 01977 689555.
  • New Equipment – SNB have a dedicated workshop team able to design and build bespoke metal detectors, checkweigher and combination systems.
  • Refurbished Rental Stock – Across our three facilities we have over 200 units that can be rented for both short term and long term periods
  • Upgrade Current Lines – To keep up to date with retailer compliances, SNB can upgrade your line either on site or at our workshop facility in Sherburn In Elmet

For more information on which systems are right for your application, please contact our Sales Team