X-Ray Systems for Tall, Rigid Containers
The X37 Series of X-ray inspection systems are used for tall, rigid containers, including cartons, doypacks, metal cans, and plastic and glass containers. They can be configured with different detector sensitivity options supported by a range of power generators to detect and reject contaminants, such as metal, glass, calcified bone, mineral stone, and high-density plastics. To suit a variety of packaging applications, manufacturers can choose between a 0.4 mm and a 0.8 mm detector diode. The X37 Series includes the X3710, X3720, and X3730 systems, as well as the X3750 for glass-in-glass inspection. Featuring an adjustable, angled X-ray beam, the X3750 is capable of performing multiple food quality checks to help ensure not just product safety and integrity, but complete brand protection. Mettler-Toledo, 800-447-4439, www.mt.com.
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Spectrum Two N FT-NIR system helps both technical and non-technical lab professionals analyze samples for quality assurance and quality control and to determine compliance with stringent industry regulations. Researchers at food processing and food testing labs can leverage the system for a broad range of safety authenticity purposes. These include determining nutritional quality or adulteration, especially in edible oils and solid foods such as spices. The system also has on-the-spot screening for nutritional parameters, along with potential contaminants or adulterants. PerkinElmer, Inc., 800-762-4000, www.perkinelmer.com.
Quat-Free Surface Cleaner and Sanitizer
Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer is used for hard, non-porous surfaces throughout the entire processing plant. Ready-to-use and requiring no rinse, it is highly evaporative and ideal for water sensitive equipment and dry processing environments. According to the company, on pre-cleaned food contact surfaces including non-porous waterproof gloves, the sanitizer kills 99.999% of the following bacteria in 60 seconds: Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhimurium, Listeria monocytogenes, Enterobacter sakazakii, and Vibrio cholerae. It kills 99.9% of tested bacteria in 10 seconds on pre-cleaned, non-food contact surfaces, including non-porous waterproof footwear. Sanitizer is NSF listed, and Kosher, Pareve, and Halal certified. Best Sanitizers, Inc., 888-225-3267, www.bestsanitizers.com.
X-Ray Inspection for Bulk Goods
Dymond Bulk is developed specifically with bulk goods in mind, and is particularly suitable for processes between incoming goods and packaging lines in the food industry. It inspects bulk goods like nuts, smaller fruits, frozen vegetables, spices, coffee, and seeds, and rejects any foreign bodies it identifies. The X-ray system not only identifies foreign bodies made from metal, plastic, and stone, but also bits of dirt and glass, which has benefits for all goods that are introduced into the production process straight from the field. The user-friendly system features real-time detection via color-based contamination analysis and straightforward belt replacement. Minebea Intec, 866-963-8587, www.minebea-intec.com.
Metal Detection Controls
Bunting Magnetics is improving its line of closed loop tunnel-style metal detectors for the food packaging industry with optional Triple Frequency controls. The controls enhance the company’s imagePHASE platform by allowing the processor to learn a packaged food product in three different conditions, and select the one with that yields the greatest sensitivity. With the upgrade to these controls, the detector also displays the expected sensitivities to the operator with all three metal types—ferrous, non-ferrous, and stainless steel. Bunting Magnetics Co., 800-835-2526, https://buntingmagnetics.com.
ReadyPlate 55 ready-to-use agar plates offer sample testing for quality control of water and filterable beverages. With a diameter of 55 mm, the plates are available in a variety of certified kits that combine the agar plates with matching membranes needed for testing. The plates’ lockable, stackable format increases safety and reduces the risk of cross-contamination during handling, transport, and incubation. The high fill volume makes positioning and removal of membranes to and from the agar plate easy, reducing the risk of handling mistakes and false positives. MilliporeSigma, 800-645-5476, www.emdmillipore.com.