Juho Ojuva, Director, Global Sales and Customer Care of Mekitec
Ensuring the safety and quality of products is always a fundamental prerequisite for food manufacturers. Contamination of food due to foreign particles or impurities of any kind can cause serious consequences—endangering consumers’ health which can lead to product recalls, legal repercussions, and brand damage. As such, product inspection has become an indispensable element of responsible food production. Although manufacturers deploy several systems for the control of contaminations, their efficacy can be subpar. For example, metal detectors though useful for the detection of ferrous and non-ferrous metals struggle when deployed for inspecting metalized packaging materials. Non-magnetic contaminants like glass, ceramics, stones, and similar materials are also out of these systems' reach. This is precisely where Mekitec and Kanan come into play with their robust suite of innovative quality control systems based on X-ray technology.
“We provide compact, easy-to-use, industry-grade X-ray inspection systems that offer excellent performance and best value to the food manufacturers. By collaborating with our partner, Kanan Smart Solution, we have developed an industry-specific X-ray system that answers the needs of bakery producers,” says Juho Ojuva, the Director of Global Sales and Customer Care at Mekitec.
“Our state-of-the-art solutions serve as an integral part of the food production line ensuring the quality by detecting foreign objects within food products, such as stone, metal, glass, plastic, and more, with the latest X-ray imaging and processing technology.”
Mekitec’s X-ray inspection systems are designed with an added potential to inspect the overall quality by analyzing the content of the packaged product, such as completeness and integrity, form and shape, presence and lack of presence, as well as fill level. The company offers a wide range of X-ray inspection systems such as MEKI, MEKI ONE, and MIDMEKI, and more to support its clients with various needs in terms of product size, shape, form, and state. MEKI is specifically designed for small, consumer-packaged products, while MIDMEKI is ideal for medium-sized products. Similarly, manufacturers with taller-than-wider packages like containers, bottles, cartons, and cans can have the dedicated SIDEMEKI system that picks up all non-conforming products while continuing the mindset of exceeding the existing and future standards by offering true pack-for-pack traceability. In a nutshell, everything that Mekitec has to offer is targeted at helping manufacturers build a trusted food brand, achieve and exceed the global requirements for food safety, and deliver only top-quality products to their consumers.
What gives Mekitec an edge over the competition is the extensive experience in X-ray technology and software development. With their team of experts, the company has combined expertise in both the baking industry and X-ray technology to support their endeavor to stay ahead of the pack. This, paired with the unique customer-first approach, allows the firm to deliver tailor-made solutions that align well with the bakery industry’s varying needs. Moving ahead, the Mekitec continues to extend its footprint beyond the baking industry by enhancing its solutions’ inspection capabilities and incorporating application-specific software functions.
Dedicated to providing comprehensive post-implementation services, the company continues to invest in their team and their mutual partnership with Kanan. Mekitec is also planning to expand internationally with more focus on Latin America and new areas in Asia. “We always strive to embrace new technologies to augment our inspection capabilities. Now, we are tirelessly working on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). This way, we aim to bring in a paradigm shift in the food inspection space, helping organizations provide the best quality food products to their customers,” concludes Ojuva.