ANTARES VISION GROUP PARTNERS WITH PASTIFICO RANA FOR PRODUCT SAFETY AND PACKAGING INTEGRITY
AV Group ensures quality control on 100% of production through innovative inspection solutions by FT System technologies
Antares Vision Group, a technological partner of excellence in digitalization and innovation for companies and institutions with a complete ecosystem of technologies to guarantee product quality (inspection systems and machines) and product traceability along the supply chain (from raw materials to production, from distribution to the consumer) through integrated data management, maintains its partnership with Pastificio Rana, world leader in the fresh pasta market, to render their product and packaging control process more efficient.
AV Group and Pastificio Rana: the partnership
The partnership between Antares Vision Group and Pastificio Rana began in 2019 with the supply of innovative line inspection systems to detect the presence of micro-holes in the modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) of Rana products. More specifically, Antares Vision Group supplied inspection machines with FT System technology to Italian production plants and, more recently, to its American plants in Bartlett (Chicago, Illinois).
“We are proud to strengthen this partnership with Pastificio Rana through our technological excellence in product quality, integrity control solutions, and global presence. Investing in research and innovation is in Antares Vision Group’s DNA: we are today able to offer a full technological ecosystem to guarantee food safety as well as Track & Trace and efficiency solutions to protect each product from its origin and to monitor it at each step of the supply chain to the final consumer, to fight counterfeiting and to provide support to agri-food companies and large-scale retail as their technological partner”, commented Fabio Forestelli, CEO of FT System and Member of the Board of Directors of Antares Vision Group.
Not visible to the naked eye and unable to be inspected, except by sampling, micro-holes cause significant product damage in terms of shelf-life and change their organoleptic properties. Quality control is conducted on the packaged product without reducing line speed, or the gas composition used to preserve the product. The in-line detection of the presence of micro-holes uses IR (infrared) spectroscopy, which enables the presence of target molecules that come out of the package and sealing flaws to be identified. IR spectroscopy has revolutionized how in-line quality control is conducted for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), by enabling micro-holes on 100% of production to be identified and therefore avoiding random sampling.