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Fortress smart system will demonstrate four ways to optimize food safety at Pack Expo 2018

South Hall 2169

For every food or packaging inspection scenario there is a highly sensitive metal detection option. Visitors to the Fortress Technology booth at Pack Expo International 2018 (South Hall, 2169) will discover the full scope of the company’s latest metal detection portfolio in the four key application formats – horizontal conveyor, multi-lane, gravity and pipeline. All integrated with Fortress’ cutting edge software and ancillary equipment.

Test samples will pass through the company’s interactive four-sided demonstration unit, showcasing:


  1. First public presentation of the breakthrough, space-saving triple-lane, multi-aperture metal detector range, featuring contact data software and a mobile App for remote examination. Comprising a single Stealth metal detector mounted across three conveyor lines, each dedicated aperture measures 175mmx75mm, which is more sensitive to smaller metal particles, detecting all metal types down to

0.7 mm ferrous, 0.7 mm non ferrous and 1.4 mm stainless steel. This multi-lane system also optimizes factory floor space, reducing equipment footprint by over 50%. And with one system rather than three standalone metal detectors to maintain, improves total cost of ownership by 65%.

  1. Stealth pipeline metal detector. Predominantly used to inspect products in liquid form, including sausages and pate, as well as pumped dairy, condiments, sauces and pet food, Fortress will demonstrate how pipelines offer food manufacturers a USDA-certified, easy washdown system to improve sanitation and reduce cross
  2. Incline feed Stealth gravity metal detector, designed for inline inspection of dry, powder or granular products gravity fed from processing machines at high volumes, ensuring compliance with stringent HACCP regulations.
  3. A horizontal Interceptor conveyor system, increasing food safety on wet and conductive product lines, including bakery, cereals, meat and dairy. This Interceptor range overcomes the longstanding issue of product effect when using a metal detector, increasing detection sensitivity by up to 100% for stainless steel and helping to eliminate false product


Alongside this four-sided system, Fortress will provide a practical demonstration on a small conveyor metal detector, showing how Halo 2 offers a failsafe and more cost effective way to periodically test metal detectors and strengthen manufacturing due diligence. Using a demonstration program running on a laptop, visitors can see first-hand how automatic testing helps to eliminate human error and saves money by reducing the time spent running and documenting repetitive manual metal detector tests.

“Our return to Pack Expo International represents how much metal detection technology has evolved in the past two years,” notes president, Steve Gidman. “The market for metal detection continues to grow and Fortress has responded to manufacturers’ calls for more cost efficient, never obsolete metal detectors that deliver optimal food safety and quality control on their packaging lines; all without compromising on sensitivity.

In fact, our Interceptor and multi-lane, multi-aperture systems now reliably detect the range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including aluminum, providing for many food inspection applications a viable alternative with equal performance levels to x-ray systems; yet at a fraction of the cost.”

Fortress Technology, which has manufacturing sites in Canada, the UK and Brazil, has installed equipment in over 45 countries with SME and world-renowned food manufacturers. Year-on-year, the company continues to expand its production and global distribution footprint, sticking to its founding business philosophy of supplying custom-made, never obsolete metal inspection systems that deliver simple operation, outstanding reliability, and exceptional performance.