Product News: Food Processing & Preparation
X-Ray System detects metals and other foreign objects in food.
Press Release Summary:
February 5, 2013 - With high-power X-ray source and compact sanitary drum motors that drive conveyor, Xpert C400 is suited for thick, dense, and/or high speed production, helping food processors meet stringent foreign object detection goals. In addition to detecting metal, glass, and dense plastics, system can analyze X-ray image to estimate weight and fill or determine whether packaged item has missing objects. Xpert C400 meets IP65 requirements for dust and washdown and operates from 5–40°C.
Original Press Release
Thermo Fisher Scientific Upgrades Xpert C400 X-ray System
Press release date: January 30, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced several upgrades for its popular Thermo Scientific Xpert C400 X-ray system for detecting metals and other foreign objects in food. The upgrades include an X-ray source with twice the power of the original model, compact sanitary drum motors and shorter line configurations.
The X-ray power boost makes the system well suited for thicker, denser product and/or higher speed production. The new capability further enhances the unit’s leading inspection sensitivity to help food processors meet stringent foreign object detection goals. The system targets a broad range of food applications including challenging wet, semi-frozen products, as well as metalized packaging structures that do not lend themselves to metal detection.
The Thermo Scientific Xpert™ C400 also features a new compact sanitary drum motor to drive its conveyor. The drum is designed to improve safety and performance, minimize maintenance requirements and simplify sanitation by enclosing all moving parts. Because the drum motor is part of the conveyor framework, the unit takes up less floor space.
“Food processors demand a high level of performance from their product inspection equipment. Also high on the list of deliverables is equipment that can perform within a smaller footprint to maximize use of valuable floor space. The new Xpert C400 upgrades reflect Thermo Fisher’s continual investment in product inspection enhancements designed to meet customer needs,” said Bob Ries, lead product manager, metal detection and X-ray inspection, Thermo Fisher.
The Thermo Scientific Xpert C400 detects metal, glass, dense plastics and other contaminants in packaged food. The system also can analyze an X-ray image to estimate weight and fill or determine whether a packaged item has missing objects. The system’s highly sensitive detectors are available in multiple resolutions (0.8/0.4mm), and its suite of algorithms is designed to find small contaminants in complex images with few, if any, false rejects.
“A variety of food safety initiatives are driving the migration from metal detection to X-ray technology. With many leading food retailers now mandating that their products be inspected by X-ray before being placed on store shelves, the Xpert C400 is designed for plants desiring a reliable mid-to-high level X-ray inspection system,” said Ries.
Due to its improved design and component quality, the Thermo Scientific Xpert C400 is designed to run around the clock in harsh environments with less maintenance and fewer repairs than other systems. It was internally tested by Thermo Fisher to fully meet IP65 requirements for dust and washdown and operates over a wide 5° to 40° C temperature range. Because of its modular design and built-in remote support capability, technicians can troubleshoot and service the system quickly, minimizing expensive downtime.
For more about Thermo Scientific product inspection equipment, please visit: www.thermoscientific.com/productinspection.
About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. With revenues of $12 billion, we have approximately 39,000 employees and serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries. We create value for our key stakeholders through three premier brands, Thermo Scientific, Fisher Scientific and Unity™ Lab Services, which offer a unique combination of innovative technologies, convenient purchasing options and a single solution for laboratory operations management. Our products and services help our customers solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Visit http://www.thermofisher.com.
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