With today’s consumers and retailers more intent than ever on purchasing quality food, having the right product inspection equipment is crucial for any manufacturer keen to ensure safety and quality assurance.
Manufacturers are increasingly relying on food inspection equipment to protect consumers and safeguard their brands by reducing the risk of costly product recalls. However, with so many inspection systems on the market (checkweighers, vision systems, metal detectors and x-ray systems), deciding which machine to purchase can be confusing.
X-ray detection systems can be found in food processing and packaging plants worldwide, but if you’re wondering whether food x-ray inspection is right for your specific product line and whether it will bring a return on investment, this article is for you.
Five key motivations behind food manufacturers’ decisions to invest in x-ray inspection technology over other food inspection methods as part of their HACCP programs are as follows:
- You’re looking to expand your business to international markets and/or major retailers
- Your HACCP audit identified your food products are at risk of physical contaminants other than metal
- Your packaging contains metal or foil and/or product temperature and salinity can vary during your production process
- Space and/or speed limitations are a factor on your production line
- You want value for money…Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
X-ray inspection equipment is vital for manufacturers looking to keep pace in today’s highly competitive and increasingly global food industry. As well as helping manufacturers gain the GFSI-accreditation necesssary to grow their business and reach new markets, x-ray machines deliver unrivalled physical contamination detection within a variety of food products, even those in foil or metallized film packaging. What’s more, variations in temperature and salinity have no effect on sensitivity of contamination detection. X-ray inspection machines can detect and rejects products that contain contaminants such as metal, glass, stone, calcified bone and dense plastics.
In addition to being superior contaminant detectors, modern x-ray inspection systems are multi-tasking defenders of product and brand quality. In a single pass, at high line speeds, x-ray machines are capable of performing additional food inspection tasks commonly associated with checkweighers and vision systems, which makes them ideal if you’re looking for more value for your money.