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X-ray systems – the growing trend

16 September 2019

The X-ray inspection market continues to see growth across the UK as the food industry recognises the benefits of this quality control solution. 

X-ray inspection systems from Minebea Intec are used by a wide range of customers to reliably detect foreign bodies in packaged products including boxes, cartons, pouches, sachets and trays. This global manufacturer offers a wide variety of models to suit different applications and recently introduced its latest machine to the market – which is suitable for use on unstable and tall products.

So why is X-ray a growing trend? There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, any products in foil packaging require X-ray to be able to reliably detect metallic contaminants as the foil itself will not allow metal detection to do this effectively. Also, customers are realising there is a lot more that they can do with an X-ray system. X-rays can detect other foreign bodies, not just metal, and X-ray systems can be used to detect quality issues such as missing or incomplete products. Another reason for its growing popularity is that the cost difference between X-ray and metal detection systems has come down a lot in recent years. 

In the food sector, there is a continual drive to become more efficient, with higher throughput, less downtime and fewer false rejects. Minebea Intec’s X-ray systems are designed around optimal product handling and have an intuitive software package which ensures false rejects are reduced to an absolute minimal. 

A growing range
Because of these factors the range of X-ray systems is continually growing. Two years ago, Minebea Intec introduced its Dylight model – one of the most cost-effective X-rays ever been launched. It is designed for small products and is only 1m long, including an integral reject mechanism and reject bin. 

Minebea Intec is now working at the other end of the range and has just launched a new version of the Dymond S – a horizontal beamed machine used for unstable and tall products that are hard to handle.

On top of that, it is offering a completely new addition to the Dymond family – the Dymond D. The D stands for dual beam. This is a two beam X-ray system with two 1,000-watt X-ray generators capable of looking for glass fragments in all types of bottles, jars and glass packaging.

Primarily X-ray systems are used to detect metal, glass and stone and, in some cases, bone contaminants, depending on the type of bone and the type of product. In addition to this, new metal or X-ray detectable materials are constantly being introduced which can also be detected given the right combination of density of product and the right contaminant to find. 

There are other factors which Minebea Intec feel are important to an X-ray machine and one of those is its hygienic design for the food industry. It has focussed heavily on this so all machines are designed for the demanding food industry environment. 

Technology is also important and Minebea Intec’s position as a global leader in weighing and inspection technology enables it to integrate with the production line with the connectivity that’s going to be required in IT landscapes going forward.

If you would like to learn more about the Minebea Intec range of X-ray systems or ask an expert for advice, Minebea Intec will be showcasing its X-ray systems at the PPMA Total Show. It will have cutting-edge X-rays on display along with other products from its range which also includes platform scales, load cells, vessel and silo scales, checkweighers, metal detectors, and user-friendly software solutions.

Minebea Intec can also offer advice and guidance on how to give away less product and ensure you are compliant. Visitors should come to stand A70 at the PPMA Total Show to find out more. 

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