For scientists, legislators and especially food processing companies, the topics of food safety and quality are a permanent challenge. Moreover, since the government regulators cannot actively and fully control food safety, it is the food industry in particular that bears the brunt of the responsibility. The principle of self-regulation is key, meaning that anyone who produces food and puts it on the market is responsible for food safety and liable for the consequences of foreign body contamination. Production that conforms to the established guidelines is therefore indispensable. At the same time, of course, it is important to pay attention to efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Innovative X-ray inspection makes an important contribution to efforts to meet the requirements of maximum food safety and achieve economic efficiency in food production. This includes the implementation of modern software solutions that support and optimize the efficiency of the X-ray equipment hardware.In the following article, the current state of these efforts is explained, taking into account the remaining relevant advantages.
Food quality is a top priority. Defective and contaminated food products must be prevented at all costs to avoid far-reaching consequences, such as expensive recalls, extensive recourse claims or, in the worst case, damage to health on the part of the end consumer.
software solutions, such as those used in Sesotec X-ray inspection systems as a
supporting counterpart to proven hardware functions of X-ray devices, provide a
remedy. Depending on the manufacturer and X-ray inspection model, food
processing companies benefit from various software features. These features
range from software ensuring common standards to innovative solutions that
provide clear performance advantages. What they have in common, however, is
that they make an important contribution to optimizing detection accuracy,
support compliance with food safety standards and increase usability and
productivity in food production. Some examples of software features are
metal detection registers disturbances triggered by the conductivity and
magnetic properties of ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals or stainless steel,
X-ray technology focuses on density comparison. The method is particularly
suitable for foreign bodies with high densities, such as stones or metals.
However, weaknesses are often revealed in the detection of foreign bodies with
a lower density.
As a result, the risk of not detecting contaminants such as bones, metal wires and glass fragments can be high. That is why when selecting a suitable X-ray inspection system, it is advisable to ensure that it contains features that improve the detection of bones, metal wires and glass shards. For example:
The filters can complement each other. For example, the glass filter in combination with the bone filter detects large flat foreign bodies with low density much better.
But that's not all, as properties such as the weight or shape of the food products also play a major role. X-ray inspection systems optimally include software solutions for the reliable identification of weight and shape deviations and for fully checking the individual products in a line. The software calculates the weight of the products, taking into account dimensions and density, and identifies broken, deformed or missing products within a package. This is particularly time-efficient in combination with software solutions that enable the simultaneous X-ray inspection of several products on several lines. Common features for this are:
Complete, efficient monitoring and documentation of all measures for compliance with food safety standards - such as IFS, BRC or FSSC 22000 and for identifying potential weak points - is simple in theory but not in practice. This is because the plethora of rules, regulations and standards, along with constantly changing framework conditions, is becoming increasingly complex. Software solutions enable seamless and efficient documentation through:
Measures that save time and costs contribute to the economic success of food processing companies. Reliable foreign object detection - and thus maximum food safety - still depends to a large extent on the human factor, and requires a high level of user motivation and acceptance. The user’s successful engagement is the only way to avoid errors in the production process, damage to the health of the end consumer and a long-term loss of business reputation. For this purpose, too, there are various software solutions that offer relief to the operating personnel, reducing the amount of necessary input and at the same time making it much more time-, cost- and result-efficient. These include:
Defective and contaminated products can have serious consequences. Recalls, damage to health on the part of the end consumer and/or recourse claims are cost-intensive for food companies and particularly damaging to their reputation and image. Depending on the manufacturer and X-ray inspection models, there are various software solutions on the market that support food processing companies in boosting detection accuracy, productivity, conformity and user-friendliness so that these worst-case scenarios do not occur.
noteworthy are those software solutions that support the directive-compliant
implementation of various food safety standards such as IFS, BRC or FSSC 22000
and make a valuable contribution to efficient production while simultaneously
increasing food safety.
Sesotec has completed the proven RAYCON product family and
thus offers X-ray inspection solutions for all applications in the food
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