Inline Fat Analysis System FA3/M for Meat Inspection

The FA3/M is a multi-application system for meat inspection that provides precise fat measurement to +/-1 CL with the use of Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) technology. It performs fat measurement and contaminant detection for fresh, chilled, frozen and hot-boned loose bulk, frozen or tempered (“naked”) meat blocks and unwrapped meat conveyed in plastic crates.

FA3/M Meat Inspection
FA3/M Meat Inspection

100% Inspection of Red Meat

Eagle’s inline fat analysis x-ray system solutions help red meat slaughterhouses and processors to optimize raw material use, comply with end-product specifications and maximize profits. The FA3/M operates at industry throughputs up to 2,400 plastic crates or frozen blocks per hour, or up to 35 tons per hour of bulk meat. It is hygienically designed to NAMI/EHEDG sanitary standards for durability in harsh washdown environments and the PRODUCT SWITCH™ function allows products with different meat inspection requirements to run on the same line. 

The FA systems simultaneously performs the following inline product integrity checks with no degradation in meat inspection performance at full throughput:

  • Contaminant detection
  • Protein calculations
  • Fat analysis
  • Moisture calculations of the meat
  • Chemical lean
  • Mass measurement
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Machine Specifications


  • Inspection Modes

    Simultaneous inspection modes for contaminant, chemical lean (CL) value, mass measurement with statistics

  • User Interface & Operating System

    15″ TFT color touch screen; Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB with Eagle SimulTask™ 4 PRO Control & Imaging Software; TeamViewer™ service tool for remote machine diagnostics & product set-up services

  • Conveyor Size

    598 mm (23.5″) wide belt by 2295 mm (90.3″) long including 520 mm (20.4″) infeed transfer section; Blue food-grade belt compliant for transport of unpackaged foodstuffs

  • Reject Mechanism

    24VDC Signal only, freestanding retracting nose or push arm reject, custom reject

  • Speed Range

    24 MPM (78 FPM) – 36.6 MPM (120 FPM)

  • X-ray Power

    Single vertical beam; 140W (140kV, 1mA)

  • Detector Resolution

    1.6 mm DEXA™ dual energy

  • Communication

    (2) USB 2.0 ports, (1) Ethernet 10/100/1000 mbps port, (1) RS232 serial port; (1) EtherNet/IP Fieldbus or OPC-UA interface port optional

  • IP Rating & Machine Finish

    IP69 Standard; Type 304 Stainless Steel, #4 surface finish less than 32u-inch RA

  • Radiation Safety

    X-ray emissions <1 uS/hr; compliant to 21 CFR 1020.40, 21 CFR 179.21, & EURATOM ER nationalized standards

  • Electrical Safety

    Compliant with CAT-3 (EN954), PLd (EN13849) safety circuits with system visualization

  • Thermal Management

    Water cooled heat exchanger, plant water supply ≥7.6LPM, 13°C to 21°C required

  • Operating Range

    0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) 25% to 90% relative humidity non-condensing

  • Power Requirements

    230 VAC, +/-10%, Single Phase, 50/60 Hz, 16 Amp Fused

  • Options & Accessories

    Multilane operation, reject bins; reject actuation & bin full sensors; audible & visual alarms; EtherNet/IP or OPC-UA interface; TraceServer™ data collection software; bar code scanners, parts cart for cleaning, RECON™ rework station, remote user interface, marquee data display, hazard based risk assessment

From a Machine to a COMPLETE System

Accurate measurements from Eagle’s inline fat analysis machines are at the heart of a complete system.

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Advanced X-ray Technologies & Software

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Enhanced Dual Energy

Dual Energy Technology

Eagle’s Meat Inspection X-ray Capabilities

Fat Measurement

100% meat inspection provides precise chemical lean values to better than +/- 1 CL.

Bone Detection

Find and reject harmful bone fragments, 2 mm or less, in various meat and seafood applications.

Contaminant Detection

UPSHOT™ enables meat to be scanned from the bottom with detectors over the product further enhancing precise detection.

Mass Measurement

Weight verification with x-ray technology is an extremely accurate process control layer to ensure high-quality products.

Dual Energy Inspection

Enhances traditional x-ray inspection and allows for the detection of materials previously unseen by single energy x-ray.

Unique Features to Increase Production Efficiencies

AUTOCAL™ calibrates the FA3/M with the touch of a button

VALIDATE™ automatically authenticates the calibration

PRODUCT SWITCH™ allows you to run cartons with different inspection requirements on the same line

Generate electronic logs to defend against commercial claims regarding lean specifications

Industry’s highest throughput and smallest footprint

Eagle’s Support

In addition to providing industry-leading technology and unparalleled reliability, Eagle provides highly-responsive support and service coverage globally, through a network of expert partners, supported by a core team of regionally-based Eagle experts.

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Industry Resources

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FA3 Series – Independent Evaluation Report

Read this 3rd party SSICA report which validates the accuracy and reliability of inline fat analysis technology.

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Evaluating Inline Fat Analysis Suppliers

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Key Principles of Inline X-ray Fat Analysis

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Red Meat Inspection [Re]defined

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What our Customers say

“We were very impressed with Eagle’s on-site service. The team adjusted the equipment to meet our needs perfectly.”
 Iglo Food Group
Mr. Arno Strotmann Project Manager
“The x-ray’s software program is very intuitive. It’s simple to set up and program. I learned a great deal from Eagle’s service department on how to run the machine and appreciate their know-how, availability 24/7 and professionalism.”
Tim Pheland Process Engineer
“Quality is key for us. Now, thanks to the Eagle Bulk 415 PRO we can totally say our products are contaminant free and we truly believe this will let us keep growing and exploring new markets.”
 Higos El Pajarero
Mrs. Fuensanta Carrillo Sales and Marketing Manager, Higos El Pajarero
“When first presented with the idea of inspecting our products using x-ray inspection systems, we doubted that it could help us to improve and assure the quality of their products; now it is a fundamental part inside of our system of quality.”
Ramiro Espinoza Kowi’s Plant Director
“Going forward, any new inspection systems or upgrades to current inspection technologies will be x-ray inspection systems, they are extremely reliable, easy to operate and easy to maintain.”
Merrily Blasi Quality Assurance Manager
“These machines do an excellent job of looking for and pinpointing any foreign matter, with instant and easy-to-use metal detection capabilities. And they can be taught and programmed to identify other unwanted substances by measuring product density. ”
 Unilever Canada
Galen Sienicki Factory Director
“The Eagle x-ray machine has resulted in a dramatic reduction of bones in our boneless products—basically down to zero. By purchasing a dual-lane system, we’re able to double our output, or run different products at the same time.”
 Giannone Poultry
Bruno Giannone Vice-President and CEO
“We chose Eagle’s Pack 430 PRO because of the machine’s software capabilities – in particular, the multitask features which offered more options, compared to competitors’ machines, such as checkweighing.”
 Schuman Cheese
Vincent Angiolillo VP Engineering and R&D Strategic Initiatives, Schuman Cheese, Inc.

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