X-ray Inspection Systems for Unpackaged Products
Safeline provides automated x-ray machines specifically designed to detect and remove physical contaminants in unpackaged products. Typical unwrapped food applications include frozen-formed products such as burger patties (meat, poultry or vegetarian) and fish fingers along with grains, nuts and raw meat.
By integrating product inspection technology in unpackaged food manufacturing environments, Safeline’s x-ray inspection systems offer a quality assurance solution. This allows manufacturers to safeguard consumers from substandard food; avoid product recalls, customer complaints and negative publicity; and uphold brand integrity.
Where are the best locations for optimal contamination detection?
The nature of the food product(s) and the identification of Critical Control Points (CCPs) are crucial to determine the type of x-ray machine best suited for individual food applications and the location to ensure optimal inspection results. X-ray inspection is most effective at detecting contaminants in food from receipt of raw materials. This is because the detection levels are typically better at the beginning of the production line as the product texture is more homogeneous and the depth is less. However, different x-ray technologies are available to inspect products at different stages of the production process for contaminants and presentation defects, depending on application.
Market Leading Hygiene Standards
Manufacturers working with raw food products need to meet high hygienic standards to prevent bacterial contamination. As such, the design of Safeline’s x-ray inspection systems follows quality standards and guidelines from the highest hygiene principles worldwide including the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) principles.
As standard, the x-ray machines feature Ingress Protection (IP) 69 rated stainless steel cabinets, making them capable of withstanding harsh wash-down regimes. Sloped surfaces and curved edges minimise the build-up of bacteria whilst an open frame design, drainage slots in catch trays and easy strip down mechanisms, such as belts and components, enable quick and thorough cleaning. Food manufacturers can be confident that hygiene standards for raw production environments are met and that minimal cleaning downtime is required, further enhancing line productivity.
Safeline’s x-ray systems perform outstanding detection sensitivity levels at high throughputs of up to 14,000 tonnes of raw product an hour or 540 loose formed-style pieces per minute (depending upon the nature, density and thickness of the product). To complement fast line speeds, manufacturers can select different high-speed reject mechanisms to guarantee easy and effective product rejection. Accurate removal of non-conforming product ensures complete brand protection and product safety, whilst meeting production targets.
Why is Regulatory Compliance Important?
Regulatory compliance is necessary for manufacturers and retailers to export their unpackaged products into different markets throughout the globe. Installing an x-ray system for unpackaged product inspection 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
- US Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA)
For pharmaceutical manufacturers, Safeline’s Glass Container 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