X-ray and FA systems are now a mainstay in production lines across the globe, and are frequently placed into the harsh environments associated with the food industry. Increasingly, customers are looking at the bigger picture when choosing to invest in capital equipment, and that has led to TCO being scrutinized more than ever before - particularly when it comes to the reliability and longevity of a system.
Technology leadershipOn display at Eagle's stand will be examples of its system capabilities, which have evolved to include some of the most advanced image processing applications associated with product inspection in the world. Rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach to image processing, Eagle is able to focus on application specific solutions, allowing detectors to be finely tuned to enhance contaminant detection. Each image created can be simultaneously interrogated with a wide variety of specialized image processing applications, looking at many different specific elements within that image without impacting speed, throughput or performance on the line.
Contaminants such as calcified bone, metal fragments, glass shards and some rubber and plastic components can be detected with incredibly high levels of accuracy, while other measurements, such as weight, component counts and, in the case of FA systems Chemical Lean (CL) values, can be calculated simultaneously. In addition, the ability to fine tune the image processing elements on an application basis reduces false reject rates and therefore wastage percentages.
Importantly, Eagle designs systems from the ground up to be perfectly suited to their intended environment - for hygienic or high washdown environments for example. These systems are easy to clean and easier to maintain quickly and with fewer people, further enhancing productivity.
The importance of traceabilityFor ultimate traceability, x-ray systems add considerable value to manufacturing operations when coupled with the correct software solutions. The combination of system and software gives manufacturers the ability to capture and store a copy of an image for everything produced in a facility. In terms of traceability, it can be proven to end users that what has been produced in a certain batch, or at a certain time, on a certain day, was of bona fide good quality. In relation to a product recall, the ability to pinpoint where issues may have occurred can save significant amounts of money, potentially eliminating the need to recall entire production runs at great expense to the customer.
Kyle Thomas, Strategic Business Unit Manager at Eagle Product Inspection, commented: "Interpack is a very important show for a wide variety of manufacturing industries, many of which will require comprehensive product inspection programs. As an expert provider of x-ray inspection and fat analysis systems, Eagle will be present to demonstrate how its solutions can not only help manufacturers to improve and maintain the high levels of quality they expect, but also to optimize the way in which products are inspected in order to improve productivity and lower the total cost of ownership."
Systems on display at Eagle's stand will include:
- RMI 400 – a brand new system developed for the poultry industry
- FA3/M - a multi-application system which provides inline fat measurement and contaminant detection for fresh, chilled, frozen and hot-boned loose bulk, frozen or tempered ("naked") meat blocks and unwrapped meat conveyed in plastic crates
- PACK 240 - a cost effective, complete x-ray solution for in line contaminant detection in packaged goods
- Tall XSDV with conveyor - providing 100% inspection for contaminants in rigid containers such as cans, bottles and jars using high performance dual view x-ray technology
- Pipeline - delivering superior contaminant detection of metal, bone, stone, glass and dense materials in pipeline applications.