In 2013, Eriez® launched the new Xtreme® Metal Detector. The team behind this revolutionary metal detector felt it was essential to partner with respected food manufacturers to test its performance in the field.
Smith’s Provision Company, an Erie, PA-based manufacturer of premium quality hot dogs, sausages, deli meats, bacon and award-winning hams, became one of the first food manufacturers to test and install an Eriez Xtreme Metal Detector in the spring of 2013. In the company's 27,000 square foot production plant, the Xtreme Metal Detector is positioned at the end of a packaging line dedicated mainly to hot dogs and sausages. Emily Weber, Smith’s Plant Manager, explains, “When Eriez approached us about testing their new metal detector, we could not say no. It was the perfect opportunity to work with a company that we respect and Eriez is in our own hometown. We wanted to add yet another layer of protection for our customers—so we jumped at the chance to bring in the newest model of metal detector from Eriez.”
During the first year alone, Smith’s ran approximately 359,500 units of various products through the new Eriez metal detector before shipping to regional outlets. Weber says, “When the hot dogs and sausages leave our processing plant, we know they are free from metal contamination and that we have a record covering their inspection. We can rest easy knowing that our reputation for high quality foods remains intact. We constantly evaluate our operation with regard to continuous improvement and ongoing product inspection. Installing the Xtreme Metal Detector was another step in that process because our trusted relationship with our customers is everything to us.”