Pipeline X-ray Inspection
Safeline X-ray Food Inspection Systems

Pipeline X-ray Inspection Equipment

Pipeline x-ray inspection solutions enhance the safety of pumped food products

Pipeline X-ray Inspection
Pipeline X-ray Inspection
Pipeline X-ray Inspection

Products and Specs

Pumped Food X-ray Systems Specifications

Products and Specs


Download White Papers, Guides and X-ray Inspection Documentation

X-ray Inspection Guide

Guide to X-ray Inspection Technology In the Food and Pharmaceutical Industries
The X-ray Inspection Guide provides a single and definitive source of reference to x-ray inspection technology for use in the food and pharmaceutical...


ProdX™ Software Brochure
ProdX™ allows you to connect and control your entire product inspection management process from a single point or from multiple remote locations, elim...


White Papers

X-ray Inspection More Than Just Contamination Detection
This white paper is for food manufacturers who consider x-ray inspection to comply with food-safety regulations and legislations.
How Safe is X-ray Inspection of Food?
This white paper is for food manufacturers who consider x-ray inspection to comply with food-safety regulations and legislations.
Reasons for an X-ray Inspection Programme
This White Paper describes the benefits of implementing an effective x-ray inspection program which include minimizing product recalls and assisting m...
Metal Detection, X-ray Inspection or Both?
This white paper simplifies the the two competing technologies. By doing so, it helps food and pharmaceutical manufacturers select the appropriate det...

Case Studies

Kuchenmeister Relies on Product Inspection Equipment
Kuchenmeister has been relying on METTLER TOLEDO product inspection equipment for 20 years, for inspection of their baked good applications.
Hornby Organic | Product Inspection Case Study
A case study explaining how Hornby Organic is expanding their production line with help of product inspection equipment from METTLER TOLEDO.
Case Study| J&J Snack Foods
J&J Snack Foods case study explores the benefits of installing X-ray inspection systems to maximize detection capabilities for contaminant free frozen...
Pro Pet Austria Relies on Product Inspection Solutions
Pro Pet Austria relies on high-quality product inspections solutions from METTLER TOLEDO to minimize the risk of defective products as well as any sub...


What are the benefits of using x-ray inspection systems for in-line pumped food products? 

Physical contamination detection levels are better in the early stages of the production process where unprocessed pumped food product can be presented in a shallow depth. Installing an x-ray system early in the production process allows manufacturers to monitor suppliers' quality control. This can help to save time and money by preventing damage to downstream processing equipment and removing contaminants before further value is added to the product.

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How can a pipeline x-ray inspection system be fitted into an existing production line?

Connecting x-ray inspection equipment to an existing piped production line is straightforward. Standard fittings are used to attach the pipe (through which the pumped food product passes) to the manifold of the x-ray machine.

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How do x-ray systems reject pumped food product from a pipe?

Many reject valve types are available. Making the right choice is dependent on the product application. For slurries and sauces, a three-way diverter valve is usually the most effective reject mechanism. For meat and poultry processing, where solid cuts of meat will be in the product flow, a slicing valve is usually the preferred choice. The selection of valve will also be dependent on the temperature of the product and whether it needs to be a clean-in-place (CIP) or aseptic line.

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Which pumped food applications are suited for pipeline x-ray equipment? 

Pumped food products such as meat and poultry, liquids, slurries and pastes tend to be homogeneous which makes them an ideal application for x-ray inspection.

    What pipe sizes are available?

    3” or 4” (75mm or 100mm) as standard.

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    How can the performance of an pipeline x-ray system tested?

    For pipeline x-ray equipment containing liquids, slurries and pastes, test samples should ideally be placed independently in the product flow. The reject device should then be observed to successfully reject the test sample. The test sample should be encapsulated in a colored material that is different to the product, making it easily identifiable in the rejected product. To verify that the reject timing is correct, the test piece should be located in the center of the rejected product. The test should be repeated, typically three times.

    What throughputs are achievable with pumped applications?

    METTLER TOLEDO Safeline X-ray systems for the inspection of pumped products offer high throughputs, automatic calibration and hygienic design. Throughput for slurries, semi-solids and fluids can be up to 18 tonnes per hour. Meat and poultry products can typically be inspected at rates of up to 9 tonnes per hour.

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      When is it more effective to use an x-ray system to inspection product? When it's in-process in a pipeline or at the end of the process or 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 at the end of the process prior to shipping of the product.

      What is the hygiene rating for a pipeline x-ray inspection system?

      All METTLER TOLEDO Safeline X-ray pipeline systems are designed to IP69 as standard. Slopped and curved edges allow for water to roll off the system whilst the IP69 air conditioner meets the demands of high pressure cleaning in harsh manufacturing environments, avoiding bacterial growth.

      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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