What are the benefits of using an x-ray inspection system in food and pharmaceutical production lines?
Food and pharmaceutical manufacturers use x-ray inspection systems to maximize product quality and safety. Advanced systems are able to detect physical contaminants in products whilst simultaneously performing a wide range of in-line quality control checks. Installing an x-ray inspection system protects the brand and reputation of manufacturers while avoiding the risks of potentially expensive product recalls.
What contaminants can an x-ray inspection system detect?
X-ray inspection is highly effective at detecting a range of dense physical contaminants including all metals, glass, mineral stone, calcified bone and high-density plastics and rubbers. In addition to identifying contaminants, x ray systems can perform a wide range of in-line quality control checks for product integrity, including; measuring zoned and gross mass, identifying missing or broken parts, monitoring fill levels, detecting product trapped within the seal and checking for damaged products and packaging.
How safe is the use of x-ray inspection in food or pharmaceutical products?
The radiation dose levels used for x-ray inspection in the food and pharmaceutical industries are extremely low and have no effect on product safety, flavor or texture. The use of x-ray inspection equipment is highly-regulated and increasingly common. Modern x-ray systems are perfectly safe in working environments as long as recommended safety guidance is followed.
At which points in the production process should manufacturers install an x-ray system?
An x-ray system can be installed at the beginning of a process to inspect incoming raw goods, at any stage during the manufacturing processing or at the end of the production line. Using the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) process is the surest way to ensure products are free from contaminants. Manufacturers should perform a review of the production process and identify risks to product safety. Where a risk of physical contamination is identified, a Critical Control Point (CCP) should be established. In many cases, this can be early in the production process to identify and remove contaminants before adding value to the product. In other circumstances, it may be more practical to inspect during manufacturing or at the end of the production process prior to shipping of the product.
Can x-ray inspection support my Overall Equipment Effectiveness and increase production efficiency?
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a key measure of performance. The information required to monitor OEE is readily available from a quality x-ray inspection system. METTLER TOLEDO Safeline X-ray can contribute to OEE in many ways through:
- Maximised throughput
- Robust equipment design
- Faster product changeovers and new product set-ups
- Improved Performance Verification Routines (PVRs) performed in line without the need for line stoppage
- On screen / remote statistics
What is a false feject rate (FRR)
False Reject Rate (FRR) is defined as the percentage of falsely rejected products on a production line. Our advanced x-ray inspection software automates product set-up and changeovers to ensure outstanding detection sensitivity levels, minimizing false rejects.
Can x-ray inspection help to secure new business?
Incorporating x-ray inspection systems into a company-wide product inspection program to ensure product safety and quality helps food manufacturers to comply with national and international regulations, local legislation and standards set by retailers, opening new trade markets.
Should I install an x-ray inspection or metal detection system on my production line?
The product being produced and the type of likely contaminants will help you determine whether an x-ray system or metal detector is the most suitable technology. You should consider the outcome of your HACCP review. In some cases, using both technologies at different critical control points (CCP's) may be the best option.
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.
Why buy METTLER TOLEOD Safeline X-ray?
METTLER TOLEDO is a market leader in x-ray inspection for the food and pharmaceutical processing and packaging industries. We are experienced in providing product inspection solutions for products in unpackaged formats as well as in a wide variety of packaged formats such as glass jars, metal cans and other retail packaging.
A global network of service engineers are on-hand to guide manufacturers on how to optimize the performance of inspection systems. We support and service x-ray equipment through its entire lifecycle.