Download this free, 80-page Food Safety Playbook jam-packed with strategies for success, best practices, how to ensure compliance with FSMA, and pitfalls to avoid. Written specifically from a packaging perspective
Learn more
Article |

Eagle Product Inspection, formerly Smiths Detection: Eagle Product Inspection, formerly Smiths Detection: Eagle Product Inspection, formerly Smiths Detection: Easy-opening pouch, tough-to-open box (sidebar)

X-ray inspection
FILED IN:  Machinery  > Inspection

While the new shipping case adds security to the products to be shipped PTK is also pioneering the use of X-ray inspection of shipping cases in the tomato products business according to Ron Peters president of Paradise Tomato Kitchens.

"Very recently we began to use an X-ray inspector that scans each and every case of product we produce" he says. "The device produces a digital image of each case that we store should we ever need to refer to it." Made by Smiths Heimann (Alcoa TN) the inspector is extremely accurate according to Peters.

Along with examining each case for contamination of product Peters says its sensitivity is so great it will alert the plant should there be any inconsistency in the density of the product. "It can tell the difference between a piece of bell pepper or a chunk of tomato in a salsa for example versus a piece of metal or glass or stone."

Peters says the X-ray device does have to be recalibrated between certain products because of their characteristics especially when particulates are involved. But he says many of PTK's products can be run without special calibration.

"We've promoted this inspection step to our customers and most of them are very excited about it" Peters says with enthusiasm. "Many of them have told us that we've been the first of all their suppliers to move into X-ray inspection."

Yes the move was made for added safety and security. But as Peters admits the X-ray inspector is just another example of a company that readily embraces new technologies. "That's one of the goals of our company."

See the story that goes with this sidebar: Easy-opening pouch tough-to-open box

Related Sponsored Content

44 Best Package Designs
Sign up to receive timely updates from our editors and download this e-book of our editors’ selections for most innovative package designs of the past year.


Don't miss intelligence crucial to your job and business!
Click on any newsletter to view a sample. Enter your email address below to sign up!
Each newsletter ranges in frequency from once per month to a few times per month at most.