Post: Metal Detector Test Wands: What They Are and How They’re Used

The Reason For Testing Your Product & Your Metal Detection Equipment

The automation of the food processing industry guarantees that the food we eat will come in contact with various types of equipment, from automated pickers in the field, to conveyance, to processing and packaging equipment. Inevitably, equipment wears down and sometimes breaks, allowing for contaminants to enter the product stream and eventually find its way into our packaged goods. Here are some examples of contaminants.

Examples of Metal Contaminants Detected by Metal Detector
Examples of Metal Contaminants Detected by Metal Detector

How Are Metal Detector Test Wands Used

In the food industry, product purity and the protection of processing equipment are the primary reasons for metal detection. But how do you know your food processing metal detector is operating correctly and is set to the right sensitivity levels to detect the metal contaminants that must be removed? That is where annual metal detector verification comes into play. During the verification process product is passed through the metal detector along with specifically sized ferrous, non-ferrous, and stainless steel metal contaminants in the form of test wands. This way, through proper testing it can be determined what sizes your metal detector can be assured to detect for each type of metal. To ensure the metal detector is performing consistently, regular testing using the same test wands should be performed.

Non-Ferrous Metal Detector Text Wand
Packaged product with metal detection test wand.

What Are Metal Detector Test Wands, How Are They Made?

Advanced Detection Systems’ metal detector test wands are made with precisely sized ferrous, non-ferrous or stainless steel metal spheres encased in highly visible, tamper proof, and Impact resistant ABS plastic that will not chip nor fragment. Test wand are available in 0.1 mm size increments in a variety of styles including wands, spheres, cards, rods, and whips. Advanced Detection Systems’ metal detector test wands are the same test products used by USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and FSIS (Food Safety Inspection Service). The test wands come with certification documentation and engraved certification numbers on each test piece for traceability.  Advanced Detection Systems’ test wands can be used on any company’s metal detectors, not just ours! The test wands never expire and as long as not damaged can be used indefinitely. 

Metal Detection Test Pieces

Have Your Metal Detection System’s Performance Verified by ADS

Advanced Detection Systems conducts Verification on any make/model metal detection system or equipment. Our HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) certified factory service technicians and certified local representatives conduct metal detector verifications on-site and are compliant with most QA programs, audits, HACCP and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards. Contact us at 414-672-0553 or to schedule the metal detector Verification and testing services you need today!