For every stage of production across a variety of product applications and industries, there is a possibility for contamination or issues and inconsistencies in food quality. The good news is that for every stage of production, there are technologies capable of detecting and rejecting contaminants, determining that products meet production requirements for count, mass, size, shape or other attributes and storing information on products for product traceability purposes. Advanced food x-ray inspection from Eagle, powered by the latest software, helps ensure food safety and integrity and provides you with traceability that your customers increasingly demand.
Consumers want to know more about where their food comes from. Retailers and foodservice operators want to be able to answer their consumers’ questions and, for their part, also want more information on sourcing and production. As a manufacturer, you want to ensure the quality and integrity of products from one side of your facility to the other.
That’s a lot of interest in food traceability. Thanks to advanced x-ray technology and accompanying software, the need to learn more about products is met with track and trace solutions that identify items through various stages of production. While every manufacturing plant is different, with unique lines and floor plans, food inspection systems from Eagle Product Inspection can be deployed at several key points to support traceability.
Raw material and ingredients:
To find and reject contaminants as early as possible in the process, Eagle’s x-ray systems scan incoming raw material and, through proprietary SimulTask™ PRO software, capture information on what, when and by whom product was inspected. Because ingredients and raw material can come into a manufacturing plant from different vendors and sources, a thorough early foreign object detection is pivotal in protecting products before the process begins in the facility.
Eagle offers several food inspection systems that find and reject contaminants early in the process for a variety of applications. The RMI 400, for example, is utilized for early detection in poultry and meat. Click here to learn about how x-ray technology offers specific benefits for incoming meat inspection, including greater track-and-trace capability.
On the line:
On the manufacturing or processing line, x-ray systems look for contaminants that may still be present. As items are scanned, the system records whether they have passed validation, and the software that powers Eagle’s x-ray systems can identify the employee who operated the machine at the time of the inspection.
Towards the end of the line, x-ray systems such as the new EPX100 and the advanced Pack 400 HC can be utilized to scan packaged or boxed products across a variety of product types and applications to check for contaminants and to help ensure that products are sent out free of contaminants and in the desired form.
With Eagle’s proprietary software, including the SimulTask™ PRO that provides onscreen diagnostics, image analysis and quality assurance traceability and TraceServer™ that allows for enhanced data collection, images and information can be captured, stored, shared and easily retrieved.
About the author:
George Humphries is Senior Technical Specialist for Eagle Product Inspection.