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Raise Confidence and Safety Standards for Food, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Supplies with X-ray Inspection System

24 March 2023

- The X-ray inspection system for contaminants is one of the outstanding technology that plays an important role in raising the credibility of manufacturers in the food, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies industries as well as guaranteeing safety for consumers.

- It enables competition in advanced technology that is accurate, fast and efficient.

The X-ray inspection system for contaminants is useful for a wide variety of applications in food and pharmaceutical industries, because it can safely detect and separate contaminants within the production line, help manufacturers comply with legal regulations, reduce the risk of product recalls, reduce production downtime by detecting contaminants of various densities such as glass, metal, mineral stones, calcified bone fragments, or high-density plastics. For maximum efficiency, it needs to be used throughout the production line, from the inspection of the incoming products, the products in the manufacturing process, as well as products that are being transported through pipes and all types of conveyors.

The system also allows producers of food, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to reduce the risk of contamination due to human error, as well as improving the efficiency of the production line by simultaneously checking for any other foreign matters and quality defects.

Accordingly, the X-ray inspection system is an outstanding technology that is very essential and indispensable for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Not only does it help reduce the loss of products by sorting out defects early on so the rest of the lot is not compromised, it also ensures consumers that the food and medicines they take are safe since they have been through a production process that comply with public health standards. It will also prevent complaints so the reputation of the organization/brand is protected, at the same time customer satisfaction is guaranteed, and the market share could grow as a result of consumer confidence.

At present, the key consideration for the X-ray inspection system is its speed in detecting contaminants for bulk food products. It is specially designed to quickly and accurately detect contaminants in vessels such as glass, metal and high-density plastics regardless of shapes and sizes. The non-linear detection system is also used to detect contaminants in invisible spots especially in already packaged food, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.

In addition, food quality control is not just about detecting and separating harmful contaminants from the production line, it also involves checking the overall quality of food products. The in-line X-ray inspection system can enhance food quality control in several ways, such as checking for product defects, missing products, incomplete or broken products. This is especially useful in the production of foods such as chocolate bars or cookies which can be broken easily, or to check if the specific number of products are inside the package. For example, whether there are only two pieces of cakes in a package that should contain three pieces.

The advanced X-ray inspection technologies that will become more prevalent and should be deployed by the manufacturers of food, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies include the non-destructive testing (NDT) to inspect materials and structures that can be used in conjunction with X-ray imaging to provide a more complete view of the object being examined, the 3D tomography which uses computed tomography (CT) to create a 3D image of the object being examined which can help identify defects and cracks that may not be visible with traditional X-ray systems, the portable and compact X-ray system designed to be easily transported to the remote examination sites, the high energy X-ray imaging which allows inspection of thicker and denser materials, and an X-ray inspection system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze X-ray images and detect defects which can improve the accuracy and efficiency of the inspection process.

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