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What typical loose-flow and unpackaged products would you inspect using x-ray inspection?

X-ray solutions for unpackaged, loose-flow products are specifically designed for the inspection of frozen-formed products, such as burger patties, chicken nuggets, dough balls and pizzas.

We also have solutions for the inspection of bulk and pumped products.

As the product is unpackaged, what part of the x-ray system comes into direct contact with the product itself and how are hygiene requirements are met?

Where unpackaged product is in direct contact with the belt and/or side-skirted guides, transport-handling materials comply with FDA regulations and EU Directives.

Is an x-ray system robust enough to withstand regular harsh wash-down procedures?

Hygienic principles are considered during design. Systems are IP69 rated as standard, including 316 stainless steel used for key product contact areas, making them ideal for harsh wash-down environments. Good system design helps food manufacturers meet HACCP requirements and comply with industry standards. For example, our X39 system has been designed with sloped surfaces and curved edges to minimize standing product and water accumulations during cleaning. Open frame design, drainage slots in catch trays and easy strip down mechanisms, such as belts and components, enable quick and thorough cleaning.

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Why is Regulatory Compliance Important?

Regulatory compliance is necessary for manufacturers and retailers to ensure food safety. Installing an x-ray system for unpackaged product inspection helps food manufacturers comply with Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized standards including:

  • International Featured Standard for Food (IFS)
  • The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF) Code
  • Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000
  • US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

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How does the x-ray machine inspect frozen formed foods?

The X39 is a unique offering, designed for the accurate inspection of unpackaged, frozen-formed products even when the product positioning on the belt varies. The X39 X-ray inspection system works in a two-stage inspection process, the integrated laser will inspect for product flakes, product length, width and height as a preliminary check before entering the inspection zone where the x-ray will inspect products for contamination such as calcified bone, glass, metal, mineral stone, high density plastics and rubber, as well as, holes, dents, edge deformities and shape defects.  The X39 ensures that the final product meets standards expected by the consumer and the cooking demands of major fast food chains.

Are x-ray systems expensive to service?

Service contracts should form part of any x-ray system purchase. Regular servicing of an x-ray system, including performance verification, will ensure it is operating at the optimum level of performance. This will prevent food safety issues. Preventative maintenance enables manufacturers to avoid downtime issues due to unexpected maintenance work.

All METTLER TOLEDO X3000 x-ray system generators come with a five-year warranty when a service contract is purchased. By protecting the most valuable part of the x-ray machine, manufacturers can have confidence that production uptime is maximized.

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