Food safety is something that is very important in today’s society. We know of the dangers that can come from food that is not properly stored, and so we are very careful to package and store food properly to avoid ruining or spoiling the food.
Sometimes, the food packaging gets damaged, or the food is not packaged properly. To catch these cases, package leak detection equipment is used to see if the package is faulty, and where.
1. What is leak detection equipment?
Leak detection equipment, specifically for food packaging, tests the integrity of food packaging to ensure it is not damaged or leaking. There are many different ways of detecting leaks, and some are better suited to certain types of packaging or to a certain type of packaged goods than others.
Leak detection equipment can often look like a rectangle glass tank – it can come in different sizes – and can be used for multiple different methods of leak protection, not just one.
2. Why use leak detection equipment?
Using leak detection equipment can ensure that the packaging equipment is working effectively and that it is durable enough for its use. It ensures that quality control is up to standard for the packaging being used.
Using leak detection equipment can save manufacturers money, as fixing package sealing problems can be costly, so catching it at the beginning is important. It ensures that the food being packaged does not get spoiled while it is being stored and transported for purchase
3. The bubble test
One of the very common tests used is to do the bubble emission test. In this test, the package is submerged under water attached to a packaging port. If bubbles come out of the package, the package has failed the test. This test is good for porous and non-porous materials. It is also most useful for packages that have empty space, as opposed to vacuum sealed packaging.
4. The dry chamber method
In this method, the leak detection equipment is dry, and the packaged food is placed inside in a dry place on something absorbent. This method is most effective for liquids or wet food, because once the food is set up in the chamber a vacuum is used for the test. If the absorbent material underneath the package is wet at the end of the test, it means the packaging is defective or not properly sealed.
5. Altitude simulation technique
This test is meant to ensure that packaging that needs to travel at high altitudes can handle that pressure. High altitudes can mean air travel but can also mean ground travel over varying altitudes like mountain ranges.
To do this test, a vacuum chamber is used to simulate high altitudes. This test is very important for any packaged food products that will be exported to other cities or countries. This method can be used in both a dry and a wet chamber.
6. An innovative product
Leak detection equipment has helped companies save money over the years, and continues to improve with time. The equipment is now more versatile and easy to use than ever, and is able to more effectively detect problems with the packaging it is testing.
With newer technologies comes more technological development. Some leak detection equipment is now able to inform users of issues with the packaging that is damaged or not up to standard. It can send out notifications electronically to mobile devices, for example.
Using leak detection equipment is an important part of running a business which manufactures packaged food. It means the product will be delivered as in tact as possible saving the company money and keeping customers happy.