X-ray innovation and user-friendly software boosts detection sensitivity

Mettler-Toledo X36 Series X-ray machine

In a world of rapidly-changing technologies, markets and consumer preferences, innovation is vital to the long-term survival of any company, irrespective of its location, size or industry.

As one of the leading providers of contaminant detection and product integrity inspection equipment, Mettler Toledo Safeline X-ray specialises in manufacturing cutting-edge x-ray inspection solutions for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Safeline X-ray invests heavily in research and development to design and innovate products and services which provide the best possible inspection solutions.

“As well as looking at current opportunities, we try and anticipate future trends, such as packaging innovations, and look at developing and advancing our x-ray inspection solutions to meet these,” explained Michael Pipe, product manager, Safeline X-ray.

Recent developments in detector technology from METTLER TOLEDO have allowed for a large reduction in the x-ray generator power, especially for low-density packaging such as plastic trays and pouches for example.

This new detector technology is a new 0.4mm high sensitivity detector that allows the integration of a lower powered (100W) x-ray generator and offers equal or, in many cases, improved detection levels, whilst offering a power reduction of up to 20 per cent under typical operating conditions.

Safeline X-ray’s innovations, including new detectors technology and enhanced software algorithms, offer better levels of detection.

“We’ve recently improved our software both from a capability and a user perspective,” added Pipe. “In addition to boosting contamination detection thanks to enhanced inspection algorithms, our latest software comprises five different inspection tools rolled into one, making it easy for operators to set up and use.”

The new software lends itself especially to ‘difficult’ or ‘busy’ images which contain varied density distribution, and is especially valuable for inspecting multi-textured foods and products that have a tendency to move around inside the packaging, such as boxes of cereal or bags of mixed nuts.

In fact, detection sensitivity is unaffected by any type of packaging, thus improving false rejection rates. By enabling contaminants to be removed before products leave the factory, software options can help to maximise uptime and aid compliance with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles and global safety regulations.

Mettler-Toledo Safeline is one of the world’s suppliers of metal detection and x-ray inspection solutions for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Together with Garvens Checkweighing, CI-Vision and Pharmacontrol Electronic GmbH (PCE), Mettler-Toledo Safeline forms the Product Inspection division of Mettler-Toledo.