Metal Detectors for Food Processing - Oklahoma State University (2022)

Published Jul. 2017|Id: FAPC-105

By Tim Bowser

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  • Introduction
  • 1. How a metal detector works
  • 2. What can be detected
  • 3. Food product conditions
  • 4. Purchase and installation
  • 5. Metal detection program
  • Conclusion
  • Reference

Introduction

Why should a food processor consider a metal detector? Some of the reasons are:

  • Profuct safety
  • Equipment protection
  • Contract (customer) requirement
  • Regulatory compliance

Of the reasons listed, perhaps the most compelling is found in the Federal Register (Vol. 51, No. 118):

“Effective measures shall be taken to protect against the inclusion of metal or other extraneous material in food. Compliance with this requirement may be accomplished by using sieves, traps, electric metal detectors or suitable means.”

Metal detectors will not guarantee a metal-free food product, but a properly designed, installed and maintained unit, along with a metal contamination control program, can be extremely effective. This fact sheet discusses the following topics regarding metal detection and removal.

  1. How a metal detector works
  2. What can be detected
  3. Product conditions
  4. Rejection mechanisms
  5. Purchase and installation
  6. Metal detection program

Most metal detectors use a balanced, three-coil, system to detect small particles of non-ferrous and stainless steel. The coils are wound on a non-metallic frame, each parallel with the other. The center coil is connected to a high frequency radio transmitter. Coils on either side of the transmitter coil are receivers. As these two coils are identical and placed the same distance from the transmitter, they receive the same signal and produce an identical output voltage. When the coils are connected in opposition, the output is cancelled, resulting in a zero value. A schematic of the coil configuration is shown in figure 1.

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Figure 1.

When a particle of metal passes through the coils of a metal detector, the high frequency field is disturbed under one coil, changing the voltage by a few microvolts. The state of balance is lost and the output from the coils is no longer zero. It is this phenomenon that is used to detect metal.

An important aspect of metal detector operation is the metal free zone, which is needed for proper operation. The zone includes a space on each side of the aperture that must be free from any metal structure such as rollers and supports. As a general rule, this needs to be approximately 1.5 times the aperture height for fixed structures and 2 times the aperture height for moving metal such as reject devices or rollers.

2. What can be detected

All metals are either ferrous, nonferrous or stainless steel. The ease of detection will depend on their magnetic permeability and electrical conductivity. Table 1 shows metal types and their ease of detection. The size, shape and orientation (with respect to the detector coils) of the metal particle also is important. Since size, shape and orientation of metal contaminants is not possible to control, it is best to operate a metal detector at the highest possible sensitivity setting.

Table 1. Metal types and their ease of detection

Metal Type Magnetic Permeability Electrical Conductivity Ease of Detection
Ferrous (iron) Magnetic Good Easy
Non-ferrous (copper, lead, aluminum) Non-magnetic Good or excellent Relatively easy
Stainless steel Usually non-magnetic Usually poor Relatively difficult
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3. Food product conditions

Food product conditions can have a major effect on metal detection. Electrical conductivity in foods such as cheese, fresh meat, warm bread, jam and pickles can generate a signal in a metal detector even though metal is not present. This phenomenon is known as the “product effect.” It is best to be aware of this phenomenon and to work with your metal detector supplier or manufacturer to determine the best means to compensate for product effect.

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Figure 2.

Conveyor detectors are by far the most common; examples are given in figure 3. Many variations of manual, semi-automated and fully automated rejection mechanisms are possible, such as air blow (figure 3a), push arms, retractable conveyor bed (figure 3b), reversible conveyor (figure 3c), slider gate, ink marker or coder, diversion conveyors and robotic grippers.

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Figure 3a.

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Figure 3b.

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Figure 3c.

Free-fall detectors are often found on dry product fillers and are useful for any material that can be dropped through an aperture. A fast-acting valve or deflector plate is used to divert detected material to a separate container.

4. Purchase and installation

Some of the information needed to specify a metal detector includes:

  • Thorough definition of product (or ingredient) to be inspected, including an ingredient list, physical properties and a description of the package if the product is packaged. One of the most important physical properties is moisture content.
  • List of available utilities at installation site (e.g. compressed air and electric).
  • Description of the operating environment (temperature, humidity, corrosive materials, etc.).
  • Description of the process (how product is being made and handled in the area where the metal detector is to be installed).
  • Description of controls desired (manual, automatic, semiautomatic).
  • Description of the desired reject mechanism (if purchasing from the same source as the metal detector).

Table 2 lists some manufactures of metal detectors. For a more detailed list, visit the website maintained by BNP Media (Troy, Mich.) at www.foodmaster.com and search the food master equipment database for “metal detectors.” Installation of the metal detector will require a qualified electrician and a mechanical contractor familiar with metal detectors and the type of conveyors used in the operation. If there is a chance that the metal detector or the rejection mechanism could impede the normal flow of production, it may be desirable to install and test the unit during a scheduled down time to avoid production losses. An alternative is to install and test the unit on a mock production line.

Table 2.

Advanced Detection Systems
4740 W. Electric Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53219-1626
Phone: (414) 672-0553, Fax: (414) 672-5354
HI-Speed Checkweigher Co., Inc. A Meter Toledo Co.
5 Barr Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850-9117
Phone: (607) 257-6000, Fax: (607) 257-6396
Cintex of America Inc.
6919 51st St., Kenosha, WI 53144-1741
Phone: (262) 657-7848, Fax: (262) 657-3056
Lock Inspection Systems, Inc.
207 Authority Dr., Fitchburd, MA 01420-6094
Phone: (978) 343-3716, Fax: (978) 343-6278
EG&G Astrophysics Inspection Systems
4031 Via Oro Ave., Long Beach, CA 90810
Phone: (310) 816-1600, Fax: (310) 513-6593
Loma International, Inc.
283 E. Lies Rd., Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone: (630) 588-0900, Fax: (630) 588-1394
Engineered Magnetics
55 Stephens St., Belleville, NJ 07109-3114
Phone: (973) 759-0818, Fax: (973) 759-6449
Ohio Magnetics, Inc. Stearns Magnetics Div.
5400 Dunham Rd., Maple Heights, OH 44137
Phone: (216) 662-8484, Fax: (216) 662-2911
Eriez Magnetics
2200 Asbury Rd., P.O. Box 10608, Erie, PA 16514-0608
Phone: (814) 835-6000, Fax: (814) 838-4960
Par Vision Systems Corp.
8383 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, NY
13414-1103
Phone: (315) 738-0600, Fax: (315)-738-0562
Thermo Electron Corp.
642 Blackhawk Dr., Westmont, IL 60559
Phone: (877) 290-7422, Fax: (763) 783-2525
Safeline Metal Detection
6005 Benjamin Rd., Tampa, FL 33634
Phone: (813) 889-9500, Fax: (813) 881-0840

*Oklahoma State University and FAPC do not endorse any specific equipment or manufacturer. The listing is given for information purposes only.

A formal metal detection program will help to insure product quality. Metal detectors may be used in various phases of production. A combination of finished and bulk ingredient and product inspection gives the best performance. Detectors may need to be placed after certain process equipment (such as size-reduction) that are prone to breaking or chipping metal materials.

A sensitivity standard (or standards) should be set for the entire facility. An important aspect of this is to identify an agreed upon minimum particle type and size. For example, a typical detection standard for finished product might be to remove all spherical, non-magnetic particles larger than 2.0-mm and all spherical, magnetic particles larger than 1.5-mm. Only detectors that meet these standards would be considered for purchase and installation. The conditions should be clearly marked on the side of any installed detector and samples of the correct diameters should be available for testing the unit.

Metal detectors should be operated at the maximum sensitivity setting for a given product. The maximum acceptable sensitivity setting will allow the detector to perform reliably for extended periods of time without excessive false rejects. Scheduled testing of the detector and reject device (with ferrous and nonferrous metal samples) will confirm proper operation. Intervals between tests can be determined by the consequence of a failed test. Testing every two to four hours is typical. A testing procedure should be established and followed. A plan of action must be specified for failed tests. Every effort should be made to identify, document and correct the source of detected metal.

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Conclusion

Metal detectors are an important part of a comprehensive contamination control program. If they are specified, installed, operated and maintained correctly, they will contribute to improving product quality and reducing losses. A properly used metal detector should not be considered as insurance against metallic contamination. Rather, it is a diagnostic device that can help to discover accidental metallic contamination. Plans and procedures should be in place to prevent contamination. If contamination does occur, contaminants must be identified immediately, traced back to their source and eliminated.

This fact sheet has focused on metal detectors; however, other devices are available to remove metallic and other product contaminants. Line strainers are useful for removing foreign particles from liquid products and magnets have long been used to remove ferrous materials from particles and pumpable liquids.

Reference

Lock, Andrew. 1990. The Guide to Reducing Metal Contamination in the Food Processing Industry. Safeline Inc., Tampa, Florida.

Tim Bowser
FAPC Food Process Engineer

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FAQs

Can metal detectors detect food? ›

Food product conditions

Electrical conductivity in foods such as cheese, fresh meat, warm bread, jam and pickles can generate a signal in a metal detector even though metal is not present.

Do metal detectors detect everything? ›

Myth Two: “Nobody really finds anything valuable with a metal detector.” This is completely false. A website called Recent Metal Detecting Finds is only one place where metal detector enthusiasts post photos of the coins, jewelry, and other items they found.

What is the purpose of metal detector in food industry? ›

Why are metal detectors used in the food industry? Metal detectors for food primarily are used for the purpose of consumer protection. Despite maximum care metallic contaminations of food products during the production process cannot be fully excluded.

Do you need a license to use a metal detector? ›

Do you need a license to use a metal detector? No, the Home Office scrapped licenses in 1980. However it is now required on some beaches that a permit be obtained.

What is the critical limit for metal detection? ›

The FDA's Health Hazard Evaluation Board has outlined that metal fragments 0.3 inch – 1 inch (or 7mm – 25mm) in length are unacceptable if found in any products. And any foreign object less than 0.3 inch (7mm) can cause serious injury to people in special risk groups, such as infants, surgery patients and the elderly.

How do you test for heavy metals in food? ›

4.3. Confirmatory methods for heavy metal detection in foods
  1. Atomic absorption spectrometry. ...
  2. Atomic fluorescence spectrometry. ...
  3. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy or inductively coupledplasma optical emission spectrometry.

What material can block a metal detector? ›

One of the best materials to block gold from a metal detector is iron. A considerable amount of iron can make a metal detector overload. Electrically conductive minerals, soil minerals, and iron underground pipes can also interfere with a metal detectors' signal.

Can you trick a metal detector? ›

Some people ask if the metal detector can “be fooled”. The answer is no. Unless one tried to pass a metal object around the walk-through detector, or some other subrosa action, the metal detector will do its job. The metal detector just uses its magnetic field to detect metal.

What will set off metal detector? ›

Airport metal detectors are quite sensitive to metals, this includes metal implants that may have been placed inside your body. Belt buckles, key chains, and steel-toed shoes may set off these sensitive metal detectors. Many commonly used orthopedic implants may also set off the metal detectors.

What is the biggest find with a metal detector? ›

The Hand of Faith

In Kingower, Australia, in 1980, a metal detectorist Kevin Hillier found a gold nugget shaped like a hand. It is the largest gold nugget found by a metal detector globally.

Can metal detector detect mobile phone? ›

With an Android app called Metal Detector (by Smart Tools), you can turn your Android phone into a metal detector. Using the app might just help you find those small metal objects before you accidentally step on them or before they get sucked up into your vacuum cleaner.

Does gold beep in a metal detector? ›

Jewellery will only set off metal detectors if it's made from magnetic metals. This means that you don't need to remove good-quality rings, necklaces, bracelets and piercings if they're made from silver, gold or platinum.

What are the limits for heavy metals in food? ›

(4) Heavy metals as lead (as Pb), not more than 10 parts per million. Arsenic (as As), not more than 3 parts per million.
...
Subpart B - Food Preservatives.
FoodLimitations (total BHA and BHT) parts per million
Beverages and desserts prepared from dry mixes1 2
Dry breakfast cereals50
8 more rows

What is the working principle of a metal detector? ›

Metal detectors work on the principle of transmitting a magnetic field and analyzing a return signal from the target and environment. The transmitted magnetic field varies in time, usually at rates of fairly high-pitched audio signals.

How do you test a metal detector? ›

To test the detector, pass product containing small metal test pieces of an exact size, through the detector. Confirm the samples are detected and rejected. You should be provided with special metal test samples and also instruction on how frequently to perform testing.

Can you metal detect in Woods? ›

Yes, you can metal detect in woods! Woods and forest areas are excellent places to metal detect, as they are well-used paths littered with treasures and relics that have been dropped over the years. Research is key to have the most success when metal detecting in woods (we have some tips on this coming up)!

Can I metal detect on a beach without permission? ›

Do you need a License to metal detect on the beach? Instead of needing a license to use your metal detector on the beach, you are often required to have a permit. Most beaches, if not all, are owned by the local council, and you require a permit to use your metal detector on them.

Does FDA established heavy metal limits in food? ›

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not established regulatory limits for heavy metals in finished food products other than bottled water.

Why are critical control points important? ›

A critical control point is defined as a step at which control can be applied and is essential to prevent or eliminate a food safety hazard or reduce it to an acceptable level.

Is metal detector a CCP or OPRP? ›

Metal detection of product in its final packed packaging is a CCP. It is a critical foreign body detection measure therefore a control measure. There are no further steps that will reduce or eliminate the hazard.

Does all food have heavy metals? ›

Though many plants can absorb trace amounts of dangerous metals from the soil or from contaminated water, pretty much all fruits and veggies are very low in or entirely free from heavy metals.

What are four heavy metals that are toxic to humans? ›

The heavy metals most commonly associated with poisoning of humans are lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Heavy metal poisoning may occur as a result of industrial exposure, air or water pollution, foods, medicines, improperly coated food containers, or the ingestion of lead-based paints.

Do canned foods contain heavy metals? ›

The contents of investigated metals in canned food were found to be in the range of 0.089–1.17 mg/L for Pb, 0.019–0.322 mg/L for Cd, 2.05–10.6 mg/L for Zn and 0.79–2.97 mg/L for Cu. According to these data, Zn had the highest concentrations, followed by Cu and then Pb. The lowest metal level concentration was Cd.

What can walk through metal detectors detect? ›

Metals such as iron, nickel and cobalt are detected by passive and active metal detectors. Other metals, such as copper, brass and aluminum, are detected only by active means. Walk-through metal detectors are categorized as single-zone or multiple-zone.

Do magnets set off metal detectors? ›

Without efficient magnets, there is a high risk that fine ferrous metal and fine magnetic fragments will escape even the most sensitive metal detectors. Without efficient magnets, larger pieces will be detected by the Metal Detectors but excessive product rejection can occur where the detector is properly calibrated.

Do batteries set off metal detectors? ›

Some detectors use a considerable amount of energy, such as from batteries, to increase their abilities in detecting objects.

Will a pocket knife set off a metal detector? ›

Some detectors are known to be pretty sensitive in detecting everything from a pocket knife to a body piercing. For the most part, if you don't normally carry something that may alarm the general public, you may have nothing to worry about.

Will pepper spray set off metal detector? ›

Does pepper spray affect metal detectors? This can vary depending on the material that the canister of the pepper spray is made of, however, your pepper spray will most likely cause a metal detector to go off.

Can cell phone detectors detect phones that are off? ›

Instant detection – An RF detector can pick up the device the instant it begins transmitting. Some operators have even managed to catch the phone user in the act. Disadvantages: Cannot detect phones that are off or in airplane mode –If a phone is powered off or not transmitting, it is invisible to the detector.

How do you block a metal detector? ›

One of the best materials to block gold from a metal detector is iron. A considerable amount of iron can make a metal detector overload. Electrically conductive minerals, soil minerals, and iron underground pipes can also interfere with a metal detectors' signal.

Will a wedding ring set off a metal detector? ›

Most small rings or wedding rings will not trigger the metal detector. If you are delayed while walking through the metal detector your things will come out the xray machine and someone could grab your wedding ring when it is unattended. While most rings don't set off the alarm some do.

Will a key set off a metal detector? ›

So, having a tool that can help you find it can be a great help. Fortunately, a metal detector can find keys. Most keys have metal conductors as their base, so a detector can quickly locate them. However, it would help if you had a preliminary idea about the location where you lost them.

Where are the gold coins in metal detecting? ›

However, the best places to find old coins with a metal detector could fall into any of the following mentioned below:
  • Parks and Picnic Sites. Old picnic spots and parks can be a good first spot to start your search. ...
  • Old Houses. ...
  • Churches. ...
  • School Grounds. ...
  • Beaches or Waterways. ...
  • Sidewalks. ...
  • Places You Wouldn't Suspect​

What is the biggest hidden treasure ever found? ›

The largest monetary treasure haul found was on the wreck code named Black Swan, discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration in 2007 off of Gibraltar. The salvage team reportedly found 17 tons of coins valued at $500 million; an amount that is both staggering and said to be “unprecedented” in the treasure hunting world.

What is the best brand of metal detector? ›

Over 30 hours of hands-on testing with seven top products priced under $250, we found the Garrett – Ace 250 to be the best metal detector in every category we tested. The Ace 250 is superior when it comes to locating coins, relics and gold, both in the sand and in the water.

How do I turn my phone into a magnet? ›

How to Make Your Phone Magnetic - Static Magnetism - YouTube

Can I turn my iPhone into a metal detector? ›

You can use your phone as a metal detector with the use of an app, available for both Android and iOS smartphones. The app's degree of capability varies, and you won't have robust metal detector features like in a full-size model.

How do I make a homemade metal detector? ›

To build a metal detector, start by getting a portable AM/FM radio and a calculator. Then, tune the radio to the highest band on the AM setting. Next, turn on the calculator and position the radio and calculator back to back until you hear a steady, dull tone.

Can cheap metal detectors find gold? ›

The answer is YES, they all do. Some do it better than others. Some detectors like the Minelab Gold Monster or GPZ 7000 are specifically designed to find small gold pieces (which most naturally occurring gold is). When it comes to finding gold rings, just about any metal detector will work.

Can metal detector detect diamond? ›

This leads to an important point: metal detectors will not detect non metal items such as gemstones, diamonds and pearls. What a metal detector can do is lead you to indicator minerals, which are used by prospectors. Prospectors follow the indicator trail back to gold or the volcanic pipe which may contain diamonds.

Does 10k gold go off in metal detectors? ›

Gold and Platinum are Not Magnetic

The security system at airports is among other things looking for magnetic metals. You are more likely to set off the alarm wearing cheap costume jewelry, frequently made with magnetic metals, than fine gold and platinum jewelry.

What foods have heavy metals in them? ›

Some baby foods have higher levels of heavy metals than others, including:
  • infant rice cereal.
  • infant rice puff snacks.
  • teething biscuits and rice rusks.
  • fruit juice.
  • carrots and sweet potatoes.

Which vegetables have heavy metals? ›

The green leafy vegetables contained the highest metals values, especially parsley (Petroselinum crispum) (543.2 and 0.048 μg g1 for Fe and Hg, respectively), jews mallow (Corchorus olitorius) (94.12 and 33.22 μg g1 for Mn and Zn, respectively), spinach (Spinacia oleracea) (4.13 μg g1 for Cd).

Does oatmeal have heavy metals? ›

All 11 of the tested non-rice (oatmeal or multi-grain) baby cereals contained high Cadmium levels exceeding the CR limit of 1ppb. There are no guidelines for Mercury contents, but the good news is that they were all much lower than what is typically found in a can of tuna fish (about 50-300ppb).

What is metal detector in food industry? ›

Why are metal detectors used in the food industry? Metal detectors for food primarily are used for the purpose of consumer protection. Despite maximum care metallic contaminations of food products during the production process cannot be fully excluded.

What metals Cannot be detected by a metal detector? ›

Metal detectors are good for finding silver, gold, and jewelry. So, the question of whether or not it can locate diamonds seems to make sense. But as mentioned, metal detectors can only locate ferrous and non-ferrous metals. So, it will not detect diamonds as they do not have metallic properties.

What does pp mean on a metal detector? ›

Three Tone Audio Discrimination—sounds distinctive tones for different types of metal. DISC—ignores junk metal and finds valuable items by setting the discrimination range. P/P—pinpoints the accurate location of the target detected.

Do metal detectors need calibration? ›

No Calibration Standard

A metal detector, however, has no international standard to which it can be “calibrated” (again, calibration and verification). There is a wide variety of variables that affect a detectors capabilities. Most important among those fluctuations is the product itself.

What is the best frequency for a metal detector? ›

The best frequency for metal detecting is somewhere in the range of 5 kHz to 15 kHz. This range is where most general-purpose metal detectors are tuned too, and also the easiest to manage for beginners.

Can metal detectors detect stainless steel? ›

Metal detectors have a tough time detecting metals like stainless steel, which have very poor electrical conductivity. Stainless steel has low magnetic permeability, which means it does not produce a signal strong enough to be detected.

Can you metal detect in rivers? ›

The answer to our original question is yes, you can metal detect in rivers, and you absolutely should! It's an excellent place to go metal detecting, especially in June and July. If you want to explore some rivers, you of course need to get a waterproof metal detector.

Can you metal detect on a beach? ›

Metal detecting is allowed at any time for individuals. Don't forget to check the tides first. You should hold appropriate public liability insurance, report any significant finds to us and leave the beach as you found it (re-instating any holes).

Do you need a license to use a metal detector? ›

Do you need a license to use a metal detector? No, the Home Office scrapped licenses in 1980. However it is now required on some beaches that a permit be obtained.

What is the biggest find with a metal detector? ›

The Hand of Faith

In Kingower, Australia, in 1980, a metal detectorist Kevin Hillier found a gold nugget shaped like a hand. It is the largest gold nugget found by a metal detector globally.

Is there an app for metal detecting? ›

The Metal Detector Android app by Smart Tools Co. is a free app which can be downloaded to your phone. By moving your phone around as you walk, the app will find metals that are under your feet. You can begin looking for magnetic field readings on the Metal Detector App after you open it.

Where can I find buried money? ›

Choose your challenge with these eight destinations for modern-day treasure hunters.
  • of 8. Crater of Diamonds State Park (Arkansas) ...
  • of 8. Bedford, Virginia. ...
  • of 8. Jade Cove (California) ...
  • of 8. Auburn, California. ...
  • of 8. Ozark Hills (Missouri) ...
  • of 8. Amelia Island (Florida) ...
  • of 8. Pahrump, Nevada. ...
  • of 8. Catskill Mountains (New York)

What piece of equipment in industry can be used to detect metal contamination in a food product? ›

One approach to detect metal contamination of food products is the use of metal detectors.

How do xrays detect metal? ›

For example, stainless steel (SUS316) has a density of 8,027g/cm3 i.e., about eight times the density of water. This makes it easy for the X-ray system to detect even tiny pieces of stainless, ferrous, and non-ferrous foreign objects.

What kind of imaging does TSA use? ›

TSA's current screening technology for carry-on bags uses 2-D images.

How do you test a metal detector? ›

To test the detector, pass product containing small metal test pieces of an exact size, through the detector. Confirm the samples are detected and rejected. You should be provided with special metal test samples and also instruction on how frequently to perform testing.

What materials can block metal detectors? ›

One of the best materials to block gold from a metal detector is iron. A considerable amount of iron can make a metal detector overload. Electrically conductive minerals, soil minerals, and iron underground pipes can also interfere with a metal detectors' signal.

What are the two types of metal detectors? ›

Today's metal detectors are one of two types: Balanced Coil systems, which are general-purpose metal detectors using coils and electronic fields, and Ferrous-in-Foil systems, which use strong magnetic fields to detect harmful ferrous metallic contaminants (magnetic, containing iron) in products.

Which of the following can be used with metal detectors on food production lines to attract and remove metal from products? ›

Magnets can be used to attract and remove metal from products. Metal detectors can detect metal in food and should be set up to reject products if metal is detected.

Can metal detector detect plastic? ›

All food grade plastics from the ID series are produced by adding a metal detectable additive. This ensures that any plastic fragment can be identified rapidly using a standard metal detector present in the line, should there be breakage of a component made of one of these materials during production.

Are metal detectors safe for pregnancy? ›

Passing through an airport security portal does not pose a risk to a pregnant woman or her unborn child. The metal detector is not known to pose any health risk to individuals. The devices used to scan your carry-ons are very well shielded so there is no risk from passing by those, either.

Can TSA see my tampon? ›

Can you see a tampon during an airport body scan? This is a frequently asked question on Google, and if it's something you're worried about, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Airport body scanners can't see inside the body and therefore can't detect a tampon on a TSA female body scan image.

What triggers a TSA pat-down? ›

Myth: Everyone who travels will receive a pat-down. Fact: Only passengers who alarm a walk through metal detector or AIT machine or opt out of the AIT receive a pat-down.

What triggers TSA search? ›

TSA counts on the traveling public to report unattended bags or packages; individuals in possession of a threatening item; and persons trying to enter a restricted area or similar suspicious activities at airports, train stations, bus stops and ports. If You See Something, Say Something™.

Do metal detectors need calibration? ›

No Calibration Standard

A metal detector, however, has no international standard to which it can be “calibrated” (again, calibration and verification). There is a wide variety of variables that affect a detectors capabilities. Most important among those fluctuations is the product itself.

What is the best frequency for a metal detector? ›

The best frequency for metal detecting is somewhere in the range of 5 kHz to 15 kHz. This range is where most general-purpose metal detectors are tuned too, and also the easiest to manage for beginners.

What is a memory test for metal detector? ›

The memory test

This test is where you have your 3 test packs and in-between them, you have good product, as shown below. The purpose of this test, is to prove that the metal detector can see metal in the 'test pack 1', reject it and then reset itself, so that it can see that there's no metal in 'good pack 1'.

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