Innovation is at the core of everything we do at Fortress Technology. Since 1996 our focus has been to listen to our customers and address the challenges they face with technology that is simple to use, reliable, and high-performance. The following innovations developed by Fortress Engineers set the standard in product inspection and ensure the long-term success of our customers.
NEVER OBSOLETE COMMITMENT
From the start, our focus has been on developing customized, easy-to-use, effective, sustainable systems for our customers. Our Never Obsolete Commitment to our customers ensures we provide complete support for our existing metal detection systems with readily available parts and a global service team for the detector’s life.
All our new hardware is modular and backward compatible, so you can install our latest hardware quickly and economically in a metal detector built over 25 years ago. Fortress customers won’t be left behind as technology develops and will stay up to date with industry safety initiatives without purchasing a new metal detector system.
SINGLE-PASS PRODUCT LEARN – “QUICK CALIBRATION”
Our Single Pass Product Learn Firmware is a quick calibration feature standard in all Fortress metal detector firmware. Our software will learn product effects with often only one pass and calibrate in seconds compared to some competitors, equipment that may take 20-30 passes to do the same. The Single Pass Product Learn Firmware analyzes the potential disturbance caused by the product and, using our proprietary algorithms, selects the best phase point to “Learn” more quickly and efficiently. This means a more straightforward product setup and quicker, more effortless performance and stability optimization.
RUNNING METALIZED FILM PACKAGED PRODUCTS
Products with metalized film packaging can be an issue for many metal detectors. At Fortress Technology, we have developed an innovative solution to increase sensitivity in these products. Metalized film is a weak layer of metal attached to poly film packaging, making it challenging to pass through the metal detector and still detect small metal contaminants in the product. Metalized film may not run well on most “conventional metal detectors.” Our exclusive electronics combined with our BSH fill option enhances performance, ignores signals from the metalized packaging, and allows successful detection of small contaminants in a run of metalized film packaging. This capability is available on all Fortress Metal Detector models.
We developed the BSH fill option for Fortress Technology metal detectors to provide superior stability that overcomes external factors that interfere with metal detection, such as vibration and conductive product characteristics like those found in meat and dairy. BSH prevents your metal detector from interpreting these disturbances as the presence of a metal contaminant, which can lead to false rejects and additional costs for your business.
Our revolutionary Halo system is an automatic metal detector testing system that meets auditor requirements. It is designed to automatically run a performance verification routine on all Fortress “Halo ready” metal detectors. Halo mimics field disturbances of the ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless-steel test samples running through the hardest to-detect position. Automatic testing saves time, money, labor and removes the risk of human error. Workplace injuries are also reduced at critical control points on a manufacturing line while complying with industry standards. It also provides a cheat-proof, improved performance verification. The Halo system is an excellent solution for applications where manual metal detector testing is difficult due to access, position, access to the product flow, environmental conditions, etc. It is also ideal for high-speed packaging lines where production is challenging to simulate using physical test samples and alleviates costly downtime associated with testing. It is guaranteed to provide a quick return on your investment wherever it’s used by adding unsurpassed value to your packaging line. Learn more
ROLL-OUT GRAVITY SYSTEMS
Fortress Technology has developed a reject system that allows the reject valve to roll out on rails and ensure optimal system hygiene of our Gravity Metal Detectors. This innovation provides quick and easy access to the product flow area inside the valve and product tube, supporting fast changeovers and sanitation. Gravity systems are typically entirely enclosed, making sanitization and maintenance between product changeovers complex and prolonged. Clean-out doors offered by other companies can compromise the valve body’s rigidity, often leading to future maintenance issues. Fortress’ design allows for complete access for maintenance and cleaning of reject devices once correctly locked out.Learn more
Our Multilane system is a compact metal detection system that cuts the equipment footprint by over 50% to optimize factory floor space. This bespoke unit is uniquely divided into individual metal detection apertures within a single integral case and is therefore much more sensitive than a single larger aperture. The Multilane system drastically reduces product waste while maximizing detection performance with individual reject control for each aperture. Learn more
Our FM software is developed with compatibility with all previously manufactured Fortress detectors and can be field installed on Stealth models. The FM software analyzes detection signals and uses an advanced algorithm to calculate the signal strength based on functions of time and amplitude. This can significantly improve performance in certain applications, including large bags, by at least 40%. Our FM software is an excellent option for customers looking to achieve better sensitivities to satisfy FSMA or customer requirements.
MODULAR WEB INSPECTION
The Modular Surface metal detector is custom manufactured to inspect products typically presented as sheets or a continuous “web.” Its rugged build ensures it withstands the harshest environments. The Modular surface unit uses a unique rail-mounted design, allowing easy access for maintenance and repairs. They can be pulled out of line even as a web of products runs across it. Powerful digital signal processing technology provides high-performance levels to detect the smallest ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless-steel contaminants, ensuring product integrity. Our customers often find that a metal event can be linked to and point out upstream process failures you can address before they become severe and costly breakdowns.Learn more
HIGH-EFFICIENCY RF GENERATION
Our engineers created a high-efficiency radio frequency generation with advanced electronics that keep your electronics cool and work well within their capacity to ensure the longevity and stability of your metal detectors. This efficiency prolongs the lifetime of Fortress Technology metal detectors – guaranteeing they last over twenty-five years.
Interceptor Metal Detectors improve stainless steel detection capabilities up to 100%, reducing waste and costly false rejects in challenging applications. It’s ideal for inspecting more difficult “wet” products such as meat, dairy and other conductive products. The Interceptor simultaneously analyzes multiple frequencies over a broad spectrum to clearly distinguish the signal generated by the product from any metal contaminants. Learn more
Connect with your fleet using Fortress Technology’s Ethernet-IP Communication. It seamlessly integrates into existing networks to remotely control all of your systems from one point of control. Ethernet-IP communication allows you to adjust metal detector or checkweigher settings easily and set parameters for your fleet from a central computer 24/7, saving you time and resources.Learn more
MEAT PUMP METAL DETECTOR
The Meat Pump Metal Detector incorporates a “seamless” product scanning pipe designed for food safety. Most pipes have fittings on the ends that are a potential bacteria trap. This innovative product tube is constructed from a single piece of solid Delrin, is resistant to solvents and chemicals, does not corrode, eliminates all potential bacteria accumulation and is an FDA-approved material for food contact. We designed the Meat Pump with an easy disassembly function that provides complete access to hard-to-reach places and simplifies sanitation practices while incorporating safety devices to protect your operators.Learn more
FRAM Memory ensures the stability of product records and reliable, uncompromised contaminantdetection. In the event of power failure, your metal detector will remember product settings andparameters to ensure you achieve consistent and reliable performance.This saves you time thatwould’ve been spent resetting your metal detector and prevents any opportunity for metalcontamination during a power disturbance. FRAMmemory gets you back up and running smoothly in no time.
WEB-BASED USER INTERFACE
The built-in web browser feature is available on Fortress Technology checkweigher or combination systems that allow you to communicate with your system remotely. When connected to the same network as your system, you can easily access the machine’s control panel by accessing the system’s internal webpage using any website browser. Simply open your checkweigher’s web page to view it as if you were standing in front of the system.
The Firewall design prevents your metal detector from being subject to line-borne electromagnetic interference (EMI) and total harmonic distortion. These come from cumulative sources in your production facility, such as motors, fans, conveyors, pumps and power supplies. Developed by Fortress Technology, the Firewall separates external noise from the metal detector search head to ensure its isolated from any electrical disturbance. It performs excellently in challenging, electrically noisy environments.
Unlike other multi-frequency metal detectors, the Interceptor DF was developed with a divergent field technology, and it’s the world’s first metal detector to use multiple EM field directions. This dramatically improves the detection of ultra-thin contaminants such as metal foils often encountered in processing lines. Before the DF, these target contaminants that could potentially sneak through a process undetected are now an easy target for this variation of the Interceptor. Learn more
CONTACT REPORTER SOFTWARE
Contact Reporter Software is included with every version of our Stealth and Interceptor metal detectors, establishing them as an effective critical control point. This easy-to-use, plug-and-play software complies with stringent HACCP and GFSI standards. Data is transferred from the detector to your computer using a USB drive. The data output provides fully traceable QA information – detailing all timestamped detector events and important associated details like detections with peak signals, faults and settings changes. Contact reporter software works seamlessly with our Halo product to complete a robust automatic reporting system logging all performance verifications, alleviating the need for less secure paper records and multiple reporting structures. Learn more