Success brings its own rewards but it can also bring problems as manufacturer of cereal bars, Devonvale discovered. Founded 12 years ago by managing director, Keith Upham to counteract the effect the local supermarket was having on sales at the family bakery in Honiton, Devonvale has grown steadily until this year when demand suddenly accelerated from around 12,000 cereal bars a day to over 20,000. Having installed a compact metal detector from S+S Inspection on the first packing line seven years ago, Upham was impressed by the reliability of the system which had suffered only one fault and needed only one belt replacement since being installed. Even so, he looked at all the systems available on the UK market but all, except the S+S ECOLINE D, were too long to fit in the available space. The S+S system is unusual in that it requires an exceptionally small metal free zone and is only 750 mm long making it ideal for Devonvale’s new packing line.
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