Prototype of Multi-Channel High-Tc SQUID Metallic Contaminant Detector for Large Sized Packaged Food

Saburo TANAKA  Takeyoshi OHTANI  Hans-Joachim KRAUSE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E100-C   No.3   pp.269-273
Publication Date: 2017/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E100.C.269
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Leading-Edge Technologies of Superconducting Measurement Systems)
SQUID,  detection,  food contaminant digital filter,  

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We report on the fabrication of a magnetic metallic contaminant detector using multi-channel high-Tc RF-SQUIDs (superconducting quantum interference devices) for large packaged food. For food safety finding small metallic contaminants is an important issue for a food manufacturer. Hence, a detection method for small sized contaminants is required. Some detection systems for food inspection using high-Tc SQUIDs have been reported to date. The system described here is different from the previous systems in its permitted size for inspection, being larger at 150mm in height × 300mm in width. For inspection of large sized food packages, improvement of the signal to noise ratio (SNR) is an important issue because the signal intensity is inversely proportional to the cube of the distance between the SQUID sensor and the object. Therefore a digital filter was introduced and its parameters were optimized. As a result, a steel ball as small as 0.5mm in diameter at a stand-off distance of 167mm was successfully detected with more than SNR = 3.3.