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Article | January 16, 2014
Thermo Scientific: X-Ray system inspects large food packages
Using a larger aperture, the Xpert C600 X-ray system from Thermo Scientific is designed specifically for detecting metal, glass, dense plastics, and other foreign objects in large food packaging.
The Xpert C600 X-ray system features a 50% larger aperture and wider X-ray beam than that found on the Thermo Scientific C400. The 22-in. wide by 10-in. tall aperture enables larger food products that do not fit through standard X-ray machines to be examined for contaminants or inspected for missing or damaged pieces. Examples include larger diameter pizzas (individual or stacked in multipacks), bagged or cartoned items, bulk packages, and/or those already placed in corrugated cases.
The system can analyze an X-ray image to estimate weight and fill or determine whether a packaged item has missing objects. Its highly-sensitive detectors are available in 0.8mm resolution, and its suite of algorithms is designed to find small contaminants in complex images with few false rejects. The Xpert C600 also features a high power 160W X-ray source for better penetration of large objects.
The unit’s flexible software design also allows up to eight lanes to be simultaneously fed through the aperture to maximize throughput and reduce cost of inspection.
The Xpert C600 is designed to run continuously in harsh environments with less maintenance and fewer repairs. It operates over a wide 5° to 40° C temperature range and is available in both IP54 and IP65 dust and washdown ratings. Because of its modular design and built-in remote support capability, technicians can troubleshoot and service the system quickly, minimizing downtime.
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