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Compact, High-Speed and Precise: Mettler-Toledo’s New X-Ray Inspection System for Small, Individual Pharmaceutical Products

By Mettler-Toledo   

The X34C delivers a unique x-ray solution to the market: cost-effective inspection of individual pharmaceutical packs, immediately after flow-wrapping or pack sealing

Royston, Hertfordshire, UK, 7th February 2022 – Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection today launches a new x-ray inspection system, the X34C, that is designed specifically for the detection of contaminants in pharmaceutical blister packs and sachets at high-speed.

The X34C x-ray inspection system is based on three key design principles of compactness, high-speed and precision:

  • Compact Footprint: the system has a footprint of just 700mm in length, which includes an integrated reject. This means that the X34C can be installed into production lines where space is at a premium.
  • High-Speed Capabilities: the X34C can operate at 120 metres per minute, making it possible for the first time to keep product inspection aligned with many high-speed flow-wrapping machines and pack sealers used in the pharmaceutical sector for packing individual products. This combination of speed and compact footprint is currently unique in the market.
  • Precise Performance: the optimised focal distance of the 0.4mm diode detector and 100W Optimum Power Generator maximises the probability of detecting small contaminants and helps to reduce the False Reject Rate. Because the power and contrast levels of these components are automatically optimised for each application, the system does not always need to run at its full 100W output, delivering power savings.

“We are expecting that pharma manufacturers who are typically hard-pushed to fit new equipment into existing lines will love the small footprint of the X34C. It means they can benefit from outstanding levels of contaminant detection and productivity without too much disruption to their operation. Companies can feel confident that their brands are protected due to the X34C simultaneously completing comprehensive product and packaging quality checks,” said Mike Pipe, Head of Global Sales & Product Management, Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection.

“For many manufacturers, the high-speed inspection that the X34C gives them provides multiple benefits, as it allows them to inspect and reject single products straight after they exit the flow-wrapper or sealer. This not only reduces waste, because single items rather than multi-packs can be rejected, but it also allows the manufacturer to maintain high levels of productivity at this critical point of the production line.”

The X34C shares many of the same features and advantages as other models in the Mettler-Toledo Safeline range of x-ray systems. These include the easy-to-use operating software, including ContamPlus™, that both the standard X34 and X36 systems use, with automated product set-up reducing the need for operator training, while increasing production up-time and product safety. These aspects serve to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership.

In addition, the X34C can be connected to Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection’s ProdX™ data management software, which supports supply chain digitalisation, compliance with 21CFR Part 11 and traceability.

On the hardware side, the X34C can be configured to meet customer requirements, including with an airblast reject system to remove contaminated products at high speed. Maintenance functions are simplified through easy access to all parts of the system from the front. The x-ray system has been designed to operate in a range of working environments. It is rated at IP55 as standard for ingress protection, with IP65 also available for manufacturing environments which require a higher level of dust protection. Customers with cooler ambient factory temperatures (less than 30 degrees Celsius) can choose Active Cooling through a fan system, which can improve the environmental performance of the system.

In summary, the Mettler-Toledo Safeline X34C is a fast and effective vertical x-ray inspection system, optimised for contaminant detection of individual products within a defined application set: blister packs and sachets in pharmaceuticals. Manufacturers producing these products will benefit from its compact footprint, enhanced detection sensitivity and speed, whether they are multinational organisations with multiple factories, or SME-sized operators with a single production line. In addition, they will enjoy the ease of use and proven robustness and reliability that Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray systems are already renowned for.

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METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global manufacturer of precision instruments and a service provider. The company ranks highly in a number of market segments and is a global market leader in many areas. METTLER TOLEDO is the largest provider of weighing systems and analysis instruments for use in laboratories and in-line measurement within demanding industrial and food production processes.

The Product Inspection division of METTLER TOLEDO is one of the leading providers within the field of automated inspection technology. The division includes the following brands: Safeline metal detection and X-ray inspection, Garvens and Hi-Speed checkweighers, and CI-Vision and PCE Track & Trace. The product inspection solutions improve manufacturers’ process efficiency and help them comply with industry standards and regulations. METTLER TOLEDO systems ensure consistently higher product quality, helping protect both consumers as well as the reputation of manufacturers and their products and brands.

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