METTLER TOLEDO Safeline Develops New Fully Integrated Conveyorized Metal Detection System

Industrial metal detectors can bring important benefits to the production line for food, non-food and pharmaceutical applications. They allow manufacturers to fulfil their regulatory requirements by providing a fully tested and reliable product inspection program. They also increase consumer safety and quality assurance, by ensuring manufacturers are producing the highest quality and safest products.

Having a stable, reliable and highly sensitive metal detector within a production line is important. However, having an integrated conveyorized metal detection system provides far greater benefits. Supplementing that system with electronic data collection software takes it one step further to ensure manufacturers have a fully integrated process solution that enhances compliance and increases production efficiency.

METTLER TOLEDO Safeline has developed a series of conveyors which can be seamlessly integrated into a production line to improve the effectiveness of a manufacturer's metal detection program. Each system comes with a number of key features:

Tailored solutions for specific applications

Each system is tailored to suit specific production needs, from light (9kg) to heavy (50kg) food, to non-food applications such as packaging, and can be integrated with Safeline's extensive range of metal detectors which have a longstanding reputation for reliability and stability. Manufacturers can choose from compact solutions for small spaces with the Series 30 conveyor, right through to the Series 200 conveyor which is engineered for bulk product inspection. The newest addition to the portfolio is the Series 90 – a wide retracting band system designed specifically for inspecting light to medium weight, multi-lane or randomly presented bakery and confectionery products and packs. A design service is also available to develop bespoke solutions tailored to more demanding applications.

Enhanced features to increase productivity

Safeline's metal detector systems have a number of enhanced features to provide flexible solutions suited to the application on the production line. Each system uses a reject device from a wide range of available options - from simple 'stop-on-detection' systems through to fully-automated detect-and-reject systems. Pushers and air blast devices are suitable for light to medium-weight products, with overhead sweep and diverter arms for heavier products.

To improve security and ensure contaminated products are effectively removed from the production line, failsafe system options and other due diligence features are available to make sure the metal detectors continue to operate reliably and efficiently. A choice of finishes and sealing standards are also available to suit the working environment.

Robust design and safe operation

To protect operators during production and support safe maintenance practices, attention is paid to every detail of the conveyorized system design. These include guards manufactured from clear, shatter-proof material without sharp edges, a safety valve fitted as standard on all pneumatics and guarded in-feed and out-feed rollers which minimizes the risk of finger traps.

Safeline's conveyor systems are designed to worker health and safety standards including the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, are built to robust construction standards, and are manufactured to the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) principles. Systems can be supplied with a detailed risk assessment to ensure manufacturers fully comply with these safety standards.

• Electronic data collection

All Safeline metal detection systems are compatible with Mettler-Toledo's ProdX data management software, making processes more streamlined, more accessible and more efficient. Innovative ProdX software automatically collects critical inspection process data in one convenient location, significantly reducing the need to interact directly with critical control points (CCPs). ProdX also facilitates faster set-up between production batches and is able to convey advance warnings generated by product inspection devices of adverse trends that may lead to downtime and threaten the efficiency of the production line.

A conveyorized metal detection system is much more than a modified transport conveyor. The design of both the conveyor and the auto-reject device will have a major impact on the effectiveness of a production line. Purchasing an integrated metal detection solution from one supplier enables equipment performance to be maximized. With Mettler-Toledo's global service team delivering local support, manufacturers can ensure their product inspection equipment is operating efficiently over its lifetime to maximize the return on investment.

Jon Denis, Product Manager at Mettler-Toledo Safeline says: "Having an integrated metal detection system provides many benefits to the production line. Whichever conveyor system you choose, integration with the metal detector should enhance the effectiveness of your critical control points and failsafe functionality. Reject mechanisms and due diligence features optimize your metal detection program and support compliance with food safety standards and industry regulations."

Conveyorized metal detection systems provide flexible, integrated handling solutions capable of operating in almost any working environment. Whether the product is wet or dry, chilled or frozen, loose or packed, an integrated metal detection conveyor system allows manufacturers to resolve any metal contamination related inspection challenge.

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TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - VersaCold Logistics Services, Canada's largest supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on the handling of temperature sensitive products, announced today the opening of Phase 1 of its Milton Distribution Centre. The Centre was established as a result of VersaCold's overall growth strategy as well as an expanded partnership with Nestlé Canada and will become a key addition to Nestlé's Canadian distribution network.

Located at 2701 High Point Drive in Milton, Ontario, the Milton Distribution Centre is the largest capital investment ever made by VersaCold, and upon completion, will have the distinction of being one of Canada's largest third party operated refrigerated facilities by cubic footage. Total cubic footage will be over 19.1 million cubic feet once the project has completed Phase 3 in December 2018.

"This investment in VersaCold's infrastructure is one of several our organization has made over the last few years, and is indicative of our commitment to growth and responding to our client's needs" said Douglas Harrison, President & CEO of VersaCold. "We are excited to demonstrate our leadership within the Canadian marketplace, by partnering with Nestlé and demonstrating the deep commitment to safety, quality and freshness that is at the heart of the VersaCold brand".

"Nestlé is committed to exploring and driving improved solutions to service our customers and consumers," said Greg Christopher, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Nestlé Canada. "Our continued partnership with VersaCold, now at the Milton facility, is a strategic decision to simplify, increase speed and flexibility as we strive to be industry leaders in service, efficiency and reliability."

The acquisition of the Milton Distribution Centre brings the total number of VersaCold warehouse facilities in Canada to 32. 


Regina, Saskatchewan, November 9, 2017 – Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has been recognized by Aon as one of the nation’s best employers for the 15th year in a row.

“This honour reflects the contribution of all of our employees in making FCC what it is today – a strong and stable partner to the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry and a great place to work,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. “With pride in our organization and passion in our work, we are fully engaged in serving our customers and making positive contributions to Canadian agriculture.”

This is the third consecutive year Aon has recognized FCC as a Platinum employer and the 15th year FCC has been identified as one of the nation’s best employers by the international human capital and management consulting firm.

To be selected for the Platinum level, organizations have to demonstrate strong performance in the areas of employee engagement, leadership, performance culture and employment brand.

“The thoughts and ideas of our employees form the foundation for creating a great work environment and a positive customer experience,”said Greg Honey, FCC executive vice-president and chief human resources officer. He noted that FCC’s high workforce engagement score shows employees are motivated, committed to staying and prepared to go “above and beyond” to contribute to the organization’s business success.

FCC was also recently recognized by the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres with the Employer of Excellence Award for its commitment to creating an inclusive workforce by providing job opportunities for individuals experiencing disability. The award was presented on Oct. 25.

“Workforce diversity is a strength that forms a critical cornerstone of FCC’s culture,” Honey said. “People with different abilities contribute to our business every day and are part of what makes FCC an exceptional workplace.”

FCC is a self-sustaining federal Crown corporation with more than 1,800 employees working from coast to coast, in over 100 offices.


Abbotsford, B.C. (September 25, 2017) Consumers can now taste a little freedom with the launch of Free Bird Eggs ™, a new line of vitamin D fortified, free range eggs. Produced by Vitala Foods in Abbotsford, Free Bird Eggs are the only free-range eggs on the market to contain 100% of the daily dose of vitamin D in a single egg.

“At Vitala Foods, we believe in creating a win-win situation where we take special care of our animals, and in return, they produce some pretty special products," said Helinda Vanderkooi, Partner at Vitala Foods. "We are excited to see that consumers are embracing our approach to animal care.”

Studies show more British Columbians are concerned about the welfare of farm animals like egg-laying hens and that the demand for traceable, whole food options is on the rise across the country. Free Bird farmers employ the highest standards of free range farming methods to give their hens the best quality of life. Free Bird hens live in enriched, cage-free, free range barns that are well lit, spacious, and offer unlimited access to grass pastures outside. They are also fed an all natural, vegetarian, vitamin D supplemented diet to produce the only eggs on the market to have 100% of the required daily intake of vitamin D in a single egg.

Research indicates that as many as two-thirds of Canadians are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, especially in the winter months. Vitamin D deficiency is caused by low levels of sunlight absorption and causes higher risks of cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, obesity, and depression. Health Canada recommends 200 to 600 International Units (IU) of vitamin D a day but many health experts claim up to 3,000 IU a day can be beneficial for many Canadians during the winter months. Free Bird Eggs have 200 IU of vitamin D in a single egg, while a typical egg has about 27 IU.

Free Bird Eggs are produced by Vitala Foods in partnership with local egg farmers who specialize in free range farming methods that promote the humane treatment of farm animals. Distribution partners in B.C. are Golden Valley Foods, Dean Milkman Delivery and Star Egg in Saskatchewan.

Consumers can find the bright red Free Bird egg cartons featuring Free Bird’s mascot “Freeda”, a happy Free Bird hen in the egg sections at select B.C. grocery stores including T & T Supermarkets in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Coquitlam; Nature’s Pickin’s and Lepp Farm Market in Abbotsford; Lee’s Market in Langley, Osaka in Richmond and West Vancouver, and Ora in Coquitlam. Free Bird Eggs are also available at Real Canadian Superstores in Saskatoon, Regina, Yorkton, Prince Albert and Moosejaw, Saskatchewan. The full list of Free Bird grocery retailers is available online at

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