New x-rays, metal detectors & vision inspection systems
MEDIUM-CAPACITY BELT-FED SORTER
Key Technology expanded its VERYX family of digital sorters with the introduction of the VERYX B140, a medium-capacity belt-fed sorter. The new B140 features a 1,400-mm wide inspection zone, innovative system architecture and advanced inspection technology. VERYX sorters maximize the detection and removal of foreign material and product defects based on objects’ color, size, shape and/or structural properties while minimizing false rejects to enhance product quality and increase yields. The new B140 can be configured for wet and frozen potato strips and specialty potato products as well as fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, seafood, IQF products and more.
Key Technology, Inc.
X-RAY SYSTEM FOR HEAVY PRODUCT LOADS
The Thermo Scientific NextGuard Pro x-ray inspection system is engineered to handle heavy product weights up to 110 pounds in IP65 washdown environments. Features include an extended, rugged, washdown conveyor capable of handling multiple large packages while incorporating a complete rejection system. It also boasts configurable modular infeeds and outfeeds up to 3.5 meters long, and can be fully integrated into a single belt design to eliminate potentially difficult product transfers between inspection and rejection.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Product Inspection
PRODUCT INSPECTION SYSTEM
The new CM33 CombiChecker product inspection system from Mettler Toledo integrates two key inspection functions into one simple solution. Within a single compact system, products pass through a metal detector, then are weighed on a checkweigher. Products detected to be contaminated with metal or are beyond weight parameters are immediately rejected into separate reject bins for each defect. Users can customize by selecting from a variety of available options to match the needs of the specific operation. In addition, conveyors, guide rails, transfer plates, dual locking reject bins and rejector types are available to ensure safe and secure handling of virtually any package type.
Teledyne DALSA expanded its Genie Nano camera series with new Camera Link models built around CMOS image sensors from SONY and ON-Semi. Engineered for industrial imaging applications that require high-speed data transfer, these new Nano models are an easy replacement for cameras built into current vision systems that rely on the AIA’s Camera Link interface standard. The new color and monochrome models come in a compact form, and are available in multiple resolutions with fast frame rates.
X-RAY MACHINE FOR POULTRY INDUSTRY
Eagle Product Inspection unveiled the RMI 400 x-ray machine for the poultry industry. Designed to incline at a gradual angle on the infeed and discharge, the RMI 400 x-ray machine creates a curtain-less tunnel, thus preventing the pathway of radiation from the operator, making only the conveyor belt come in contact with the product. The RMI 400 complies with NAMI construction standards and IP69 ingress protection standards. Unobstructed sightlines, open and contoured surfaces minimize potential material harborage areas. And, the entire machine can be disassembled by a single person in a matter of minutes.
Eagle Product Inspection
DETECTING NON-METALLIC CONTAMINANTS
Heat and Control’s Ishida x-ray systems can detect small non-metallic contaminants (e.g., bone, glass, shell, plastic), and verify weight and missing or defective product. Product on the conveyor is irradiated with x-rays, and then travels by the line sensor. Ishida’s unique multi-level image processing software detects foreign objects or missing products by processing the received x-ray image. Manufacturers can further enhance detection sensitivity by utilizing Ishida’s patented Genetic Algorithm image processing technology.
Heat and Control Inc.
“CHECK & DETECT” INSPECTION EQUIPMENT
Loma Systems’ next-generation IQ4 metal detector features 35% improved detection sensitivity and a compact X5C x-ray and checkweighing combination machine. Operating between 31-882 kHz, all metal detectors in the IQ4 range are capable of automatically selecting correct operating frequency, so changes in products or packaging that necessitate an alteration in frequency no longer require operator intervention. In addition, variable frequency allows processors to easily run different pack sizes and shapes with improved stability and sensitivity. A blue sealing helps make the machine resilient to a host of tough factory conditions, ranging from vibration and thermal fluctuations as a result of inspecting frozen products to harsh high-pressure, high-temperature washdown with corrosive chemical agents.