3 Reasons You Should Install an X-ray System on Your Canned Food Line
Metal cans are becoming increasingly popular. Did you know that the global canned food industry is expected to reach 108 billion USD by 2022₁? For food and beverage manufacturers looking to stay ahead in this booming market, installing an x-ray inspection system is crucial. Here are three reasons why…
1. Consumer Protection
X-ray systems help to protect the welfare of consumers by providing unsurpassed detection of a wide range of physical contaminants, including glass, metal, mineral stone, calcified bone and high-density plastics, regardless of their size or location within metal cans.
Advances in imaging software have helped to optimize sensitivity and minimize false rejects. Contamination detection is now possible in areas which have traditionally proved challenging to inspect- such as ribbed side walls and tiered bases of metal cans.Line speeds in the food and beverage sector are notoriously fast, subsequently, x-ray machines are now designed to cope with high throughputs. What’s more, different generator and diode options are available to suit a variety of canning applications, ensuring reliable and outstanding detection sensitivity.
2. Brand Protection and Recall Prevention
As well as detecting contaminants, x-ray inspection systems ensure complete brand protection by performing vital quality control checks. Fill levels can be monitored, for example, to ensure there are no instances of under-filled products (where the pasteurization and cook process hasn’t been able to take place properly) reaching the retail supply chain. Additionally, overfills can be detected, resulting in cost savings by minimizing product giveaway.
X-ray systems are also effective at rejecting contaminated and/or defective cans without denting them, removing consecutive non-conforming products from the production line, and ensuring accurate removal of faulty products even at high line speeds.
By detecting contaminated and/or defective products before they leave the factory, x-ray systems help to minimize the risk of product recalls and customer complaints, thereby protecting one of the most valuable assets a company owns, its brand.
3. Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance
Despite x-ray inspection equipment not being a legal requirement, should legal proceedings that stem from food contamination arise, manufacturers could be asked to prove they’ve implemented procedures to manage and prevent all identified risks in their processes. X-ray technology can help to demonstrate due diligence by proving manufacturers have assessed all risks to food safety and allocated resources to minimize them. The latest x-ray system software provides greater traceability in the production line and can help to locate where physical contaminants may have entered canned food production lines.
X-ray equipment can also assist manufacturers in complying with retailers’ codes of practice which increasingly require implementation of a formal x-ray inspection program before supplier approval is granted.
Additionally, installing an x-ray system into the production process can help manufacturers adhere to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC), as well as comply with the following Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized standards:
• The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety
• International Featured Standard for Food (IFS)
• Safe Quality Food Code (SQF)
• Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000)
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