The Business Challenge
Yamachan – the “Ramen noodle for your needs” – produces various high quality, authentic Japanese Noodles for restaurants across the United States. The company manufactures customized noodles based on request and the needs of the restaurants it serves using Japanese-made machines and techniques. They also produce varieties of retail products including mild, rich, and no MSG noodle packages.
With restaurants as its primary business base, Yamachan wanted to ensure they were providing the same portion sizes in each package of noodles to maximize cost efficiencies for its customers. In addition, as a food manufacturer, the company is held to high standard for product contaminants, and wanted to make sure each package was free of metal fragments.
Product managers at A&D Inspection recommended installation of the AD-4971-3517 metal detector, the AD-4961-6k-3050 checkweigher with rejector for over- or under-weight products on the assembly line, and the ProteX X-ray inspection system as part of the production process and after the packing process. This combination ensures 100% Product Inspection for Yamachan.
Following implementation of the checkweigher and metal detector as part of the production process, improvements were immediately recognizable, and due to the easy programming and data analysis capabilities in the A&D Inspection equipment, immediate documentable audit trails and inspection history reported the following:
Yamachan also installed the new ProteX X-ray system to augment their quality assurance efforts. Watch the video below to see how X-ray inspection helps Yamachan detect foreign materials, including a variety of potential contaminants.