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Fortress metal detector goes to jail

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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A Fortress Vector metal detection unit is sent to the slammer for Chef Gordon Ramsay's new prison-based television series.

BRIXTON, UK—Known around the world for its reliable, robust metal detection equipment, Fortress Technology—headquartered in Toronto—has installed one of its standard conveyor-based Vector metal detector units at Brixton Prison for the British Channel 4 series Gordon Behind Bars.

The four-part documentary has Chef Gordon Ramsay producing mouth-watering lemon treacle slices with the prisoners, with the aim of selling them to retail and catering outlets and forming a new business.

Fortress Technology’s metal detector was supplied to the television production company One Potato, Two Potato, to check cakes coming out of what has been dubbed the ‘Bad Boy Bakery’ to ensure compliance to food hygiene and safety standards before being sold outside of the prison.

Kimberley Sangster, production manager at One Potato, Two Potato, says, “It’s a very complicated security process making a TV series inside a prison. Fortress gave us a reliable piece of equipment that played a vital role in the overall premise of the show.”

Fortress Technology sales director Phil Brown adds:  “Our Vector conveyor systems are built to perform in the harshest of environments, but we never expected to be asked to install one in an inner London prison and certainly not for a television show.”

The Vector conveyors are purpose-built to customer specifications and may be integrated with Fortress’s Phantom standard metal detectors to provide a convenient and effective “all-in-one” detection solution.

A wide range of belt sizes is available using heavy duty or plastic modular belting, plus there is a selection of reject mechanisms and a variety of advanced options also available.

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