Economy x-ray inspects and detects

By George Reynolds

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Related tags: Food

A new economy inspection system uses x-ray to check products for
contaminants and other defects, its manufacturer claims.

Australia-based Autopac Systems claims the G-10 can inspect food for metal and non-metal contaminants, mass variations by checkweighing, missing or broken products and shape defects. Voids in packaging, indicating underfill are also flagged up by the system. X-ray detection offers processors the assurance that and defects are identified before products progress to the next stage of processing, or are shipped out for consumption. Inspection systems can also alert operators to foreign materials that could disrupt processing lines and potentially harm consumers. Tougher hygiene regulations require all food businesses to implement a documented safety management system based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles. HACCP is a tool to assess hazards and establish control systems that focus on prevention rather than relying mainly on end-product testing. It is an internationally accepted systematic method of identifying specific hazards in plants and measures for their control to ensure the safety of food. With the G-10, operators can view products being scanned and set the controls of the inspection through a 15-inch touch screen display. One hundred different product operational parameters can be set to check food in an inspection area measuring 307mm by 200mm, which can handle up to 200 packs per minute, the company claims. Up to 100 reject images can be stored and reviewed during operation or downloaded. Designed to food industry standards for washdown environments, the G-10 system is manufactured to comply with the Australian requirements for X-ray equipment.

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