August 13, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Loma Systems, leading global supplier of X-ray inspection technology, has developed a versatile X-ray system designed for comprehensive inspection of larger products – the X4 800XL X-ray inspection system.
The new system utilizes proven Loma X-ray technology and incorporates a large aperture in-feed system that can handle large products, such as bulk meat in film or meat boxes.
With food and general packaging industries seeking to reduce interim primary packaging by up-sizing raw materials to the legal limits of product handling, it presents a series of new challenges particularly to food processors who handle meat, large sacks of food ingredients or any other solid or semi solid foodstuff such as large unprocessed blocks of cheese.
It is in the first stage of product handling when a product reaches the processing halls that traditional inspection is carried out. The challenge incurred by all producers from larger sizes is ensuring the same quality of accuracy as before.
The end user for the X4 800XL is likely to be in 24/7 operation, so the system has been ‘designed to survive’, meeting IP66 environment specifications, making it ideal for the tough industrial locations it will be exposed to. Built with heavy-duty conveyor components and high quality electronics, the system offers the utmost level of reliability and performance.
Responding to customer demand, Loma has installed the most up-to-date sanitizing system incorporating an easy wash conveyor with a full draining capability and Loma’s intuitive color touch interface.
It is essential for food processors that the line speed is consistent with the performance of the rest of the process line; the X4 800XL has a normal belt speed up to 50 meteres per minute maintaining an accurate and efficient performance.
Technically advanced, the X4 800XL incorporates an industrial grade PC, and front access USB port. The computer vision system utilizes Loma’s image processing and 3D modeling system, together with full diagnostic and system health monitoring, with date and time, image and event stamp archiving, together with the Loma remote support tools. Loma’s OPC Data Capture system and Loma Enet are designed to help quality managers use their inspection equipment as a management tool as well as a process control by compiling fully featured production reports
For more information about Loma visit www.loma.com.