Anonymous Organization

Seeking foreign body detection in opaque viscous food streams

Posted by Anonymous OrganizationResponsive · Ready to Market Technical Innovations and Products · Project Size Range : 50,000 - 250,000 € · Deadline at 19/06/2019 · Netherlands

Desired outcome

Non-destructive system/process to detect (and preferably remove) foreign bodies with a diameter of < 1mm in a high viscous and opaque foodproduct during processing. We prefer detection in final packaging but inline detection and removal could be considered.

Organization from Netherlands

Details of the Technology Call

Due to increasing quality demands from customers and consumers, foreign body elimination from products is more and more a licence to operate. Especially high throughput products that are opaque and viscous are quite challenging in this respect. Another complication is that there are different types of foreign bodies that can potentially be an issue. In this case, we aim for non-food borne materials such as metals, plastic, rubber.


  • Guaranteed detection of foreign particles (such as metals, plastic, rubber) within certain guaranteed size criteria (typically

Possible solution areas

  • We found that X-ray, metal detection inline might be a partial solution NIR suitable for detection on conveyor belt but not applicable in pipes (?)
  • Other technology solutions we will consider include (not limited to) CT/ MRI (NMR)/ microwave reflectance/ magnets (metal detection)

Discarded solutions

  • Teraherz appears not suitable due to the presence of high water content

Related keywords

  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Process automation
  • Packaging / Handling
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Process Plant Engineering
  • Apparatus Engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Agriculture and Marine Resources
  • Agrofood Industry
  • Technologies for the food industry
  • Food Packaging / Handling
  • Food quality and safety
  • Detection and Analysis methods
  • Measurements and Standards
  • Electronic measurement systems
  • X-rays
  • Industrial Products
  • Industrial Automation
  • Process control equipment and systems

About Us

Large Enterprise from Netherlands

We are large food and beverages company and one the world's largest companies in our sector. Operating in more than 33 countries around Europe, Africa and Asia, we employ above 20,000 people and have revenues above 11 billion Euros. With R&D Centres in Europe and Asia we strongly and strategically believe in cooperation to excel in innovation and new business development.

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