The IQ³ metal detector head from Loma Systems is now available with ATEX 21 certification, enabling in-processing metal detection in areas where potentially explosive atmospheres exist.

Explosive hazards can be found in many areas of the food industry. For example, in milling plants, bakeries, snack factories and powder processing units that contain airborne dust from materials such as flour, cocoa, rice, and grains.

The new detector head is said to perform well in harsh operating environments, where rigorous wash-down procedures are often required. The unit also features an on-board performance validation system which tests performance at pre-set intervals, helping to create a detailed audit trail for each production run. It also enables responsible manufacturers to demonstrate the highest levels of product integrity to the most demanding retail customers.