New White Paper Explains How to Improve Safety Inspection of Pumped Food Lines

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Contamination detection in liquids, slurries and pastes can prove challenging for food manufacturers. Discover how food x-ray inspection can enhance the quality control of pumped products in a new white paper from METTLER TOLEDO.

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Improving Food Safety Inspection of Pumped Products.

A wide range of processed food passes through pipelines everyday, from meat and poultry to dairy products, and fruit and vegetables to confectionery. However, contamination detection in pumped products can prove challenging.

Safeline X-ray's brand-new white paper entitled "Improving Food Safety Inspection of Pumped Products" explains how metal detection and x-ray pipeline inspection systems work, and points out their differing capabilities, before exploring factors that affect the sensitivity of product inspection equipment on pumped food lines.

With plenty of examples of pumped food applications, the 16 page document goes on to discuss key factors that should be considered before installing an inspection system on a pumped food line, such as air pockets and speed variations, to help manufacturers select the best contamination detection solution for their specific application.

Metal Detection, X-ray Inspection or Both?
The paper reveals that for many pumped products, only metal detection or x-ray inspection will be suitable but that, in some cases, either technology could be used. It also explains that occasions exist where it may be necessary to install metal detection and x-ray inspection equipment at different critical control points (CCPs) on the same production line.

Establishing Critical Control Points
Product inspection systems for piped products can be used at different stages on a production line, depending on the identified CCP, and the paper highlights the advantages of installing x-ray pipeline inspection or metal detection equipment early in the production process. These include allowing manufacturers to recover product and feed it back into the line after contaminant removal, helping to prevent damage to processing equipment caused by larger contaminants, and serving as a check on suppliers’ quality control.

Testing Pipeline Applications
After explaining that all x-ray inspection equipment must be periodically verified to ensure it continues to reject contaminated product and operates in accordance with the specified sensitivity standard, the document provides tips for testing metal detector and x-ray pipeline applications.

About Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray
Mettler-Toledo Safeline is the world’s leading supplier of metal detection and x-ray inspection solutions for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Together with Garvens Checkweighing, CI-Vision and Pharmacontrol Electronic GmbH (PCE), Mettler-Toledo Safeline forms the Product Inspection division of Mettler-Toledo.

For more information on x-ray inspection technology, call Daniela Verhaeg, Marketing Manager SBU X-ray Inspection, Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray on +44 (0)1763 25 7900 or email daniela(dot)verhaeg(at)mt(dot)com.

For general information on Mettler-Toledo Safeline, visit: http://www.mt.com/safeline-xray

For information on the X38 Series: http://www.mt.com/pi-pumpedfoods

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