New White Paper: X-ray Inspection of Tall, Rigid Containers Made Easier with Higher Sensitivity

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New white paper from METTLER TOLEDO explores challenges of tall, rigid containers for the Food Industry and offers solutions for consistent inspection results.

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Safeline X-ray's brand-new white paper entitled Ensuring the Safety and Integrity of Tall, Rigid Containers explores the challenges metal cans, doypacks, cartons, composite cans/tubes and plastic and glass containers present for x-ray product inspection.

Tall, rigid containers are used extensively across the food industry to package a wide range of products, from fruit and vegetables to cereals and beverages to baby food. However, inspecting these types of packaging for physical contaminants and quality defects using x-ray product inspection can prove challenging.

Safeline X-ray's brand-new white paper entitled Ensuring the Safety and Integrity of Tall, Rigid Containers explores the challenges metal cans, doypacks, cartons, composite cans/tubes and plastic and glass containers present for x-ray product inspection. The 16-page document then looks at the various food x-ray solutions on the market today for x-ray inspection of containers which are capable of overcoming these challenges, such as blind spots within the container, to provide outstanding, reliable and consistent inspection results, irrespective of the application or packaging material.

The white paper sub-divides tall, rigid containers into three categories based on the density (low, medium and high) of the packaging used and explores factors affecting the sensitivity of contamination detection in each type of packaging. The paper also explains which type of x-ray system – vertical beam, horizontal beam or combination beam - is best suited to each type of packaging to help manufacturers select the right food x-ray solution for their own application.

As well as ensuring food and beverages are safe to consume by providing unrivalled contamination detection, the paper reveals that modern x-ray systems are multitasking defenders of product and brand quality. That's because, in a single pass, at high line speeds, x-ray machines can simultaneously check fill levels, measure head space, detect missing closures on plastic containers, reject damaged product, and detect agglomerates such as flavour and powder lumps.

“Traditionally, food processors have needed to implement high power x-ray systems to inspect cans or glass containers at high speeds, sometimes in excess of 1,000 products per minute,” explained Daniela Verhaeg, Marketing Manager SBU X-ray Inspection, Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray. “The X37 Series, with its new detector technology and class-leading inspection software, is able to offer equal or, in some cases, improved detection levels whilst typically only needing one fifth of the standard x-ray energy power consumption. Consequently, this allows food manufacturers to substantially reduce operational costs while also maintaining the utmost level of safety and quality for their products”.

Finally, the white paper discusses key advancements in x-ray product inspection technology over the past three years, such as new high gain detectors and enhanced software algorithms, along with their benefits, to help food and beverage manufacturers evaluate special features and/or compare the capability of different machine brands.

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.verhaeg(at)mt(dot)com.

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

For information on the X37 Series:
http://glo.mt.com/global/en/home/supportive_content/White_Papers/product-organizations/pi/Tall-Rigid-Container-Inspection.html

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