Use this comparison chart to see which system is right for you

Many factors can go into the selection of a food safety metal detector - from the unique challenges of your application (such as high salt content that may mimic metal) to packaging materials to environmental noise, washdown procedures and even where you locate the detector in your line.

This selection guide provides an overview of technology options, including our latest Thermo Scientific Sentinel Selectscan and Multiscan technologies that can be configured to your application. But, nothing beats a product test to see how our equipment will perform in your application. (You may even discover that the food X-ray inspection system may be better suited to your needs.)

We’re here when you’re ready for a free demo or product test – or just have questions for our application experts. See how we can help you find the right solution to protect consumers and your brand.

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  SENTINEL 5000 SENTINEL 3000 SENTINEL 1000 APEX 300 APEX 100 APEX Rx
  Sentinel 5000 Sentinel 3000 Sentinel 3000 APEX 300 APEX 100 APEX Rx
Typical install application
Conveyor

 

 
Combo
with
checkweigher
External
infeed

Integral to
checkweigher
frame

External
infeed
Integral to
Checkweigher
External
infeed
 
Drop
through/
gravity

 

   

300D and
300P
systems

 

Tablet/
capsule
only

Pipeline      

   
Package/product type
Cartons/
boxes

 
Pouches/
bags

 
Bulk
flow
products

 

Plastic
bottles 
& jars
(no metal
lids)

 
Tablets
and
capsules
         

Design
Construction Stainless
steel,
epoxy
aperture
Stainless
steel,
epoxy
aperture
Stainless
steel,
epoxy
aperture 
Stainless
steel,
epoxy
aperture 
Stainless
steel,
epoxy
aperture 
Stainless
steel,
epoxy
aperture 
User
interface
Graphical,
color
touchscreen
Graphical,
color
touchscreen
Graphical,
color
touchscreen
ABS plastic
control panel,
display
and keypad
ABS plastic
control panel,
display
and keypad
ABS plastic
control panel, display
and keypad
USB port Standard Standard Standard      
Built-in
line filter

     
Enhanced statistics

     
Frequency range
  Up to five
frequencies
in real time,
adjustable
with software
in the field
(50–1000kHz)
Up to five
frequencies
in real time,
adjustable
with software
in the field
(50–1000kHz)
A fully-flexible frequency  optimized per application, adjustable with software in the field (50 - 1000kHz) Dual frequencies set in factory
(50–460 kHz)
Dual frequencies set in factory
(50–460 kHz)
Dual frequencies set in factory (700–900 kHz)
Typical sensitivity
  Best, up to 70% smaller volume metal than previous technology Best, up to 30% smaller volume metal than previous technology Better, up to 25% smaller volume metal than previous technology Good Good Best
Temperature
Operating temperature –10° to +40°C
(+14° to +104°F)
–10° to +40°C
(+14° to +104°F)
–10° to +40°C
(+14° to +104°F)
–10° to +40°C
(+14° to +104°F)
–10° to +40°C
(+14° to +104°F)
–10° to +40°C
(+14° to +104°F)
Product
temperature maximum
–10° to 55°C
(14° to 131°F)
–10° to 55°C
(14° to 131°F)
–10° to 55°C 
(14° to 131°F)
–10° to 55°C 
(14° to 131°F)
–10° to 55°C
(14° to 131°F)
–10° to 55°C
(14° to 131°F)
High
temperture option 
(–10° to 120°C
(14° to 248°F)
Kynar plastic with metal flange/gasket Not available Not available Kynar plastic with metal flange/gasket    
Belt speed range
  0.5–1000m/
min
0.5–1000m/
min
0.5–1000m/
min
0.5–1000m/
min
0.5–1000m/
min
0.5–100m/
min
Apertures
  Wide range Limited to those used with combos Wide range Narrow range Wide range Small only
Specific aperture sizes
  Width: 75 to 2000 mm, Height: 75 to 600 mm. Increments of 25 mm up to 200 mm and 50 mm above 200mm Width: 100 to 450 mm, Height: 75 to 250 mm. Increments of 25 mm up to 200 mm and 50 mm above 200mm Width: 75 to 2000 mm, Height: 75 to 600 mm. Increments of 25 mm up to 200 mm and 50 mm above 200mm Width: 75 to 550 mm, Height: 50 to 550 mm. Increments of 25 mm up to 200 mm and 50 mm above 200mm Width: 50 to 1750 mm, Height: 50 to 600 mm. Increments of 25 mm up to 200 mm and 50 mm above 200mm Width: 100 mm, Height: 25, 35 & 50 mm
Ratings
  IP69K, HD option includes thermal shock protection IP69K IP69K IP69K, Type 3 enclosure, ATEX zone 22, hazardous location Class II Division 2 Groups F&G IP69K, Type 3 enclosure, ATEX zone 22, hazardous location Class II Division 2 Groups F&G Type 3 enclosure, metal detector and control panel only
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