Lock Inspection Systems have been an established supplier to the international garment manufacturing industry for two decades now, with their NEEDLECHEK and GARMENTCHEK range of metal detectors both setting, developing and maintaining the required ‘industry standard’ levels of performance and reliability demanded by customers across the world.

However, the continued growth of safety concerns for ‘next to skin’ products and the vital role that metal detection plays within this now means that many of the leading multinational retail chains and buying houses have extended their requirement to metal detect all of the textile products sold under their brand, including pillows, duvets and towels. The logic behind this is straightforward, as the manufacturing process for these items means that they are subject to the same risk of metal contamination as clothing, with the consequences of non-inspection for broken needle tips and other ‘rogue’ metals being just as severe.

This has created a challenge for metal detector manufacturers, as obviously many of these home textile products are simply too large in size to be accommodated in a machine that is designed primarily for the inspection of individual garment items. Lock however are able to provide the required solution via their range of bespoke TEXTILECHEK metal detectors, allowing the home textile manufacturer to purchase a detector which is tailor-made to accommodate their particular size of product, a move which means that the optimum sensitivity performance is still ensured regardless of the aperture size.

In keeping with the retailers’ codes of practice for garments, Lock’s recommendation is that home textiles are inspected after wrapping but prior to packaging or ‘cartoning’, with metal detection acting as a final assurance check. Of course, if the items can be compressed at this stage, this represents an ideal opportunity to use a smaller detector aperture, thereby enabling even smaller metallic contaminants to be detected.

Currently it is the UK based sourcers of home textiles and suppliers to the leading high street stores who are ‘leading the way’ in this regard, with recent months seeing several bespoke TEXTILECHEK detectors ordered and installed across the country, with the prospect of many more to follow as the drive to metal detect pillows, duvets and towels in an economical and effective way increases.