X-ray Inspection Systems for Packaged Products
Safeline offers a wide range of x-ray inspection equipment to provide product safety, integrity checks and quality assurance for food and pharmaceutical packaged products. By ensuring products look and perform exactly as consumers expect, x-ray machines offer a cost-effective, quality control solution for manufacturers and retailers to avoid safety scares, product recalls, negative press and customer complaints.
How can a manufacturer prove an x-ray system is an effective quality control solution?
X-ray inspection machines inspect every single item on a manufacturing line: they detect and remove non-conforming product containing foreign body contaminants and product defects plus inspect for presentation defects for example, mass, missing components etc. The monitoring technology records and collects all inspection results for due diligence and legislation requirements. In addition, advanced software can provide pre-warnings of the accuracy of the x-ray laser and reject mechanisms to ensure that the technology is fully optimised to work at high precision levels.
How is production line uptime ensured?
Depending on the individual application, x-ray technology can conduct, integrity checks up to 1,800 pieces a minute. Safeline’s intelligent set-up software is pre-programmed to accommodate the inspection of specific products and packaging thereby reducing manual operator installation time. This capability gives manufacturers the flexibility to switch product or packaging type with minimum downtime.
How does an x-ray system complement a clean-room or harsh wash down environment?
All x-ray inspection systems are designed to industry recognised hygienic guidelines such as the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) and National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). Anti-corrosion materials and IP69 ingress protection rated x-ray systems are available to complement sterile environments or harsh wash down schedules to prevent bacterial contamination.
How can an x-ray system safely remove a packaged product?
Once the x-ray inspection system has recognised that the packaged product is non-conforming it securely removes it from the production line by a reject mechanism into a rework bin. Different reject devices are available to suit the nature of the product for example, reject nozzles using jets of air are suitable for small light items whilst reject flaps or pushers precisely remove individual large or heavy packages. Manufacturing lines can also have a combination of different reject mechanisms and rework bins.
Where is the best location for optimal inspection of packaged products?
Depending upon the nature of the original and the final product, x-ray inspection machines can be placed at various safety hazard stages throughout the production line, these are called Critical Control Points (CCPs). Here is a quick overview of some of the locations to integrate an x-ray inspection system and the benefits:
At entry point on receipt of the raw product – verifies supplier contracts as the x-ray system assesses the quality of the original product; protects bottom line savings as it enables early reworking of any substandard product; avoids damage to production equipment further down the line by large or solid contaminants.
During the production process – saves time and money as rejected product can then be reworked without further goods being added; protects brand integrity by ensuring the packaged product is as advertised i.e. no missing components, is at the correct fill level and mass etc.
End of the line after the packaged product is sealed before dispatch – safeguards the manufacturer’s reputation as, if needed, they can provide documented evidence that they have reached the highest levels of product safety and quality control before the packaged product leaves their facility; upholds brand integrity; protects the consumer against substandard products.
Why is regulatory compliance important?
Regulatory compliance is necessary for manufacturers and retailers to export their packaged products into different markets.
Installing a Safeline x-ray inspection system helps food manufacturers comply with the following Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) based Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognised standards:
- International Featured Standard (IFS)
- The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety
- Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Code
- Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000
For pharmaceutical manufacturers, Safeline’s x-ray technology can facilitate compliance with:
- Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) coming into force in the UK in 2019
- US Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)
- US Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
- European Commission Eudralex V30