New vision inspection system offers easy to use and easy to clean hygienic benefits.
November 6, 2013
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Loma System’s flagship X5 X-ray inspection system incorporates new features which bring industry-leading levels of product integrity to the busiest of food packing lines, and peace of mind to retail suppliers.
Loma Systems is a world leader in the engineering and manufacturing of metal detection, checkweighing and X-ray inspection systems.
Responding to user demands for ease of cleaning and reduced maintenance, the X5 X-ray system has been redesigned to deliver maximum uptime in round-the-clock manufacturing sites whilst identifying and rejecting the smallest contaminants.
Retailer compliance demands the highest levels of cleanliness, and this is where the X5 really shines.
The rounded, sloping surfaces of the system ensure that food particles and wash-down droplets cannot accumulate on its surfaces, unlike equipment with flat surfaces which can leave areas of potential contamination. Additionally impermeable seals have been added to the x-ray cabinet to prevent water ingress.
This means cleaning is both quick and effective, allowing packers to achieve significant savings in productivity whilst satisfying retailer mandates. A new tubular framework, made from high quality 304 grade stainless steel, is equally easy to clean and is robust to withstand harsh working conditions.
The inspection system is powered by a Windows-based operation system, allowing it to deliver accurate reliable product control at lines speeds of up to 120 meters per minute.
The X5 makes another market leading advance, benefitting from Adaptive Array Technology (AAT) which dynamically tailors resolution, depth and scaling to give the best detection performance for any product requiring inspection. AAT eliminates the previous need to specify the diode array pixel size as the machine will adjust from 0.4mm, 0.8mm and 1.6mm to give the best detection performance for the product.
The X5‘s touchscreen has been designed and tested to IP69k, which is robust enough to survive the harshest environment and wash down specification.
This high-speed operation goes hand-in-hand with cutting-edge inspection technology.
Contaminants such as metals, glass, PVC, bone, rubber, stones and ingredient clumps are automatically detected, and the affected packs diverted from the line for investigation. Under- and over-weight packs can also be eliminated from the packing line, along with irregular and improperly packaged items and packs with incorrect content levels. Inspection data can be automatically monitored and extracted to provide an effective and reliable audit trail for each production run.
Capable of matching any line speed, the X5 X-ray ensures that suppliers of packaged foods and ready meals can meet the quality and consistency standards of leading retailers with confidence.
Cutting down-time, increasing profits
Onerous maintenance regimes can eat into production time and into the bottom line too. Loma has solved the problem of lengthy conveyor belt changes by introducing a quick release mechanism, mounted on a gas strut for operator safety. This allows the conveyor belt to be changed within a few minutes, a job that can tie up maintenance staff for over half an hour on competitive systems.
The belt itself is toughened for a long productive life, even in heavy duty applications, and comes in a choice of widths; 300-, 500- and 600-mm to suit individual requirements.
Like all Loma products, the X5 X-ray is built to last, its rugged construction proof against the rigors of multi-shift operations in challenging manufacturing environments. A sideways-opening door provides safe and easy access to the cabinet interior for quick serviceability.
Energy-efficient savings too
This legendary reliability comes with a ‘green’ bonus, an advanced X-ray technology that delivers high quality visual images with energy efficient power consumption. There are a number of cooling options to suit individual applications and the innovative energy-saving heat exchange system delivers excellent thermal dissipation.
The control panel, housed in a brushed stainless steel cabinet as standard, features an intuitive 12-inch color touch-screen with USB connectivity. Instead of the usual lamp stack, the new Loma X5 also incorporates a clear – and easily cleaned – dome signal lamp which displays the unit’s status at a glance.
In today’s challenging market-place, with food quality standards coming under increasing scrutiny, the Loma X5 X-ray inspection system allows users to achieve competitive advantage through increased productivity whilst satisfying the most demanding of retailer quality assurance mandates.
Loma continues to lead the market with technically advanced inspection systems and this latest product further establishes its position at the forefront of the safety inspection market.