With THiNK - the new software for metal detectors based on Artificial Intelligence - these "interfering signals" can be faded out much better than with conventional metal detectors.
Food processors must comply with strict guidelines and standards regarding food safety. For products with a high product effect (intrinsic conductivity), the sensitivity of the metal detector must usually be reduced. However, this increases the risk of metal contamination in the final product.
With THiNK, the product effect can be almost completely faded out. This allows you to use a high sensitivity setting with which you can detect even the smallest metals. Your advantage: More security against product recalls.
As a result of the product effect, also products that are not contaminated at all are often rejected. Due to the intrinsic conductivity of foods such as meat, fish and dairy products, conventional metal detectors "see" metal contaminations where there is none.
THiNK can distinguish the product effect from real metal contaminations, minimizing false rejections. This reduces food waste and saves costs.
Products that are packed in metallized foil have been difficult to inspect with metal detectors until now.
With THiNK even this is now possible. The intelligent software simply hides the metal signal from the packaging and only detects the actual metal contamination.
THiNK works on the basis of artificial intelligence. This enables the software to draw conclusions from very large amounts of data that go far beyond if-then rules, and virtually creates a digital fingerprint of the product effect.This allows the product effect to be faded out and even smallest metal contaminants are reliably detected, which would remain undetected in previous systems.
THiNK creates mathematical models of the product effect, which is also responsible for false rejects, and thus manages to almost completely eliminate the influence of the product effect.Metal detectors with THiNK thus generate far fewer false rejects than previous systems.
The food processing and manufacturing sector is confronted
with a monumental undertaking: a rapidly growing number of people must be fed,
the supply chain is becoming increasingly complex, consumer tastes are becoming
increasingly specific, and the standards for food safety and quality have never
The future of global food security depends on an increase in productivity on the one hand, and a reduction of food waste on the other. A food industry partner for nearly 50 years, Sesotec offers intelligent technologies that make it possible for processing and manufacturing businesses to comply with stringent food safety requirements in a productive and resource-efficient manner.
“THiNK,” the latest innovation from the Sesotec
headquarters, is a metal detection system equipped with Machine Learning
capabilities. Using AI-algorithms exponentially more powerful than if/then
conditions, the metal detection system is able to independently assess and draw
conclusions from large data sets.
While the field of metal detection has seen tremendous technological advancements, certain practical challenges persist. For example, some food products have a high degree of “product effect” and can lead to a high rate of false rejections. AI technology provides a solution for such a difficult-to-solve problem. In comparison to common industrial metal detector systems, THiNK detects physical contaminants with greater precision and proves to significantly reduce the frequency of false rejects.
This innovative metal detection software from Sesotec is
especially advantageous for facilities that process food products with high
levels of product effect. Meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products, as well as
baked, pickled, or ready-made foods, can all be reliably inspected while virtually
eliminating false rejects. Compared with the evaluation algorithms of
conventional metal detectors, this intelligent technology proves to be
especially beneficial for products with metallized packaging. Additionally, the
software in earlier Sesotec metal detector models can be easily upgraded to
operate with AI.
Metal detection with THiNK makes it easier for food
producers to comply with even the strictest international food safety
regulations. At the same time, this program diminishes the rate of false
rejects, thereby dramatically reducing industrial food waste. This solves both
an economical as well as ethical problem.