The deal will expand Germany-Bizerba’s portfolio in the food safety arena, with the agreement finalised between the two companies at the recent CFIA 2015 food fair in France.
Luceo, part of Tiama Group, is a specialist in visual inspection technology, which Bizerba said complimented its existing portfolio of metal detectors and devices for X-ray and visual inspection.
Christian Korte, vice-president of industry at Bizerba and CEO of Bizerba Luceo, said: "Against the backdrop of recent scandals, the issue of quality control in the food sector is becoming increasingly important. With the Luceo products, we are expanding our existing range of solutions for detecting debris or foreign particles, particularly in the premium segment."
He said that Luceo was the technological leader in "detecting damage to seals, as well as in real-time production monitoring". "Our clients benefit from the highest degree of safety and quality control provided by the acquisition," he added.
Luceo’s current portfolio includes the SliceCheck system, which, with the support of a camera, monitors the slicing of sausage before the packaging process, and can optimise this using feedback loops. The thickness, appearance, and fat content of the product are key criteria.
Korte added: "The Luceo portfolio lets our clients increase their productivity and achieve even greater process stability."
The new Bizerba Luceo SAS will begin operations on 1 April 2015, and will be based in France.