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How Do X-ray Systems Find Contaminants?

White Paper

White paper on the fundamentals of x-ray inspection and how x-ray systems find contaminants

How Do X-ray Systems Find Contaminants
How Do X-ray Systems Find Contaminants

This white paper explains what x-rays are, how x-ray inspection system work and how they identify various contaminants in both loose and packaged products. It also considers the common issues manufacturers face when using x-ray systems to detect physical contamination.

With food safety regulations intensifying, compliance and traceability through every stage of the production process is growing in importance. X-ray inspection is increasingly being used by manufacturers of well-known brands to detect and reject contaminated products.

This white paper can be downloaded free of charge and explains in detail the following five key areas:

  • What are x-rays?
  • Principles of x-ray inspection
  • Typical contaminants
  • Finding contaminants in products and packaging?
  • Ensuring protecting product integrity

Finding contamination is the primary use of x-ray inspection systems in food and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Ensuring that all contaminants are removed regardless of the application and packaging type is paramount when guaranteeing food safety.

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X-ray inspection systems can find contaminants at every stage of production for loose, bulk, pumped, and packaged products, but the effectiveness of the technology depends on the density, thickness and homogeneity of the product.

Although the basic principles of x-ray inspection are the same, it’s a versatile technology and different applications require different x-ray systems. Choosing the right system is crucial to the success of x-ray inspection as contaminants can’t be detected unless each element, from beam angle to reject mechanism, has been selected to fit the line and the product. An understanding of the various formats and their suitability for different types of contamination detection challenges therefore underpins system specification and choice.

Products that successfully pass through x-ray inspection systems enhance food and pharmaceutical manufacturers’ confidence in the quality and safety of their products, helping them comply with industry standards including

  • Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
  • British Retail Consortium (BRC)
  • Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000)
  • Chinese Food Safety Law
  • International Featured Standard for Food (IFS)

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