X-Ray Inspection Systems detect contaminants on metal can production lines.

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InspireX R50S 400 AFD single-beam systems allow focal distance to be automatically adjusted for each can size, while InspireX R50SB 200 split-beam x-ray units are designed for cans up to 14 oz. Contaminants like stainless steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and high-density plastics and rubbers can be detected at rate up to 1,500 cans/min. Systems automatically synchronize x-ray scan speed with production line belt speed, maintaining 1-to-1 image ratio.

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New X-Ray Inspection Systems from Mettler Toledo Safeline Boost Throughput and Ensure Safety on Metal Can Production Lines

Royston, UK - Mettler Toledo Safeline has released two new x-ray inspection solutions - the InspireX R50S 400 AFD and InspireX R50SB 200, to address the need for improved detection at higher production speeds on can manufacturing lines. The latest x-ray systems are able to inspect cans spaced rim-to-rim, allowing contaminant detection to take place at a rate of up to 1500 cans per minute (cpm). The new x-ray technologies feature reduced focal length and improved beam angles to enable faster throughput whilst maintaining optimal quality assurance.

The InspireX R50S 400 AFD (Adjustable Focal Distance) is an advanced single-beam solution able to detect contaminants on a wide range of can sizes. The system's focal distance (the distance the x-ray beam travels from the x-ray tank exit to the surface of the imaging detector) can be automatically adjusted for each can size, offering optimum detection and a higher level of operational flexibility. The InspireX R50SB 200 split-beam x-ray system has been specially designed for smaller metal cans - typically up to 400g/14 oz. in size.

"Quality control for foods packaged in metal cans presents many challenges. The two new x-ray systems for metal cans allow manufacturers to select the best machine for their individual application. The small machine footprint, a choice of fully integrated high-speed automatic reject systems and in-feed product handling options make them a preferable turnkey solution for all sizes of metal cans on high-speed packing lines," said Niall McRory, Product Development & Sales Manager, Mettler Toledo Safeline.

These two new x-ray systems include Mettler Toledo Safeline's newly developed XTP contamination detection software tools that analyse products with the highest possible resolution, offering further improved levels of detection particularly in challenging areas of a metal can (base and ribbed side walls).

Mettler Toledo Safeline's latest offering provides high-quality image processing and a detection signal that is up to four-times stronger, ensuring more accurate contaminant detection. Both the InspireX R50SB 200 and the InspireX R50S 400 AFD can detect many different contaminants such as stainless steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, mineral stones, and high-density plastics and rubbers.

The advanced x-ray technology can automatically synchronise the x-ray scan speed with the production line belt speed, keeping a one-to-one image ratio. No manual adjustments are required, ensuring maximum uptime of the production line.

Several features serve to reduce total cost of ownership, including low maintenance costs, ability to quickly accommodate product changeovers and elimination of the need for water cooling. The x-ray systems are user-friendly and easily integrated into existing production lines, reducing the need for lengthy training.

"Our two new x-ray systems are revolutionary for the metal can inspection process and provide manufacturers with an economically viable solution that delivers the peace of mind and reliability associated with any of our x-ray inspection systems," added McRory.

Mettler Toledo Safeline's product inspection technology portfolio includes x-ray, metal detection and checkweighing solutions.

About Mettler Toledo Safeline

Mettler Toledo Safeline is the world's leading supplier of metal detection and x-ray inspection solutions for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Together with Garvens Checkweighing, Mettler Toledo Safeline forms the Product Inspection division of Mettler-Toledo.

For more information on the AXR x-ray inspection system or any aspect of x-ray inspection procedures and technology, call Daniela Verhaeg , Marketing Manager of Mettler Toledo Safeline X-ray on +44 (0)1763 25 7900 or email daniela.schulz@mt.com.

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