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New solutions for horizontal X-ray inspection

11 March 2019

With the Dymond D side shooter and a new edition of the Dymond S, Minebea Intec is able to offer a modernised portfolio of products for horizontal X-ray inspection. 

Alongside systems for bulk materials and smaller products, Minebea Intec now offers two solutions for tall, upright packaging. Both systems are designed for the reliable inspection of tins and Tetra Paks, for example, as well as other tall, upright packaging made from glass, metal or plastic. Both systems have been developed for use in highly automated processes and to meet the challenges of Industry 4.0.

With its horizontal X-ray inspection systems Dymond D and Dymond S, Minebea Intec has reworked the safety concept with improved emergency stop-switches and relays. It has also re-designed the cooling system which is protected against water and dust penetration and therefore ensures the system is easier to clean. For systems in the Dymond S series, the Nema 4X cooler comes as standard. 

Further, the Dymond S also has a fully integrated 500 W Monoblock generator. This eliminates the need for active water cooling. With the new generator boosting performance from 320 to 500 W, the system is now said to be able to handle a higher throughput and even more precise inspection of products with higher densities. 

What makes Dymond D stand out is its maximum detection performance. The high sensitivity of its powerful image processors, combined with intelligent image processing, means it is able to detect even those foreign objects that are positioned vertically or lay hidden at the edge or at the bottom of the container. 

For maintenance communication, statistical process control and optimisation of automated production processes, Dymond D and S are available with Ethernet, OPC UA, Modbus and SPC@Enterprise connection. The side shooters communicate with other systems along the production line to coordinate regular, automated and timely calibration.

Commenting on the range, Dr Thorsten Vollborn, global product manager at Minebea Intec, said: “The Dymond D side shooter with orthogonal double-beam technology addresses the issue of viewing direction and makes the invisible, such as pieces of glass on the sides of glass containers and contamination beneath lids or in the base of containers, visible. Together with the flexible operating software for filling and volume control, this technology opens the industry up to more design possibilities for glass containers and container sizes, without jeopardising safety for consumers. We are delighted to be able to make it easier for food and beverage manufacturers to decide whether to use glass or other product packaging materials that may be more sustainable and practical.”

To ensure easy and environmentally friendly cleaning, the design of the X-ray inspection systems already complies with the stringent hygienic design directives of the EHEDG.

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