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Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray inspection.

Mettler-Toledo Safeline has released two new x-ray inspection solutions - the InspireX R50S 400 AFD and InspireX R50SB 200, to address the need for improved detection at higher production speeds on can manufacturing lines.

The latest x-ray systems are able to inspect cans spaced rim-to-rim, allowing contaminant detection to take place at a rate of up to 1500 cans per minute (cpm). The new x-ray technologies feature reduced focal length and improved beam angles to enable faster throughput whilst maintaining optimal quality assurance.

The InspireX R50S 400 AFD (Adjustable Focal Distance) is an advanced single-beam solution able to detect contaminants on a wide range of can sizes. The system's focal distance (the distance the x-ray beam travels from the x-ray tank exit to the surface of the imaging detector) can be automatically adjusted for each can size, offering optimum detection and a higher level of operational flexibility. The InspireX R50SB 200 splitbeam x-ray system has been specially designed for smaller metal cans - typically up to 400g/14 oz. in size.

These two new x-ray systems include Mettler-Toledo Safeline's newly developed XTP contamination detection software tools that analyse products with the highest possible resolution, offering further improved levels of detection particularly in challenging areas of a metal can (base and ribbed side walls).

Mettler-Toledo Safeline's latest offering provides high-quality image processing and a detection signal that is up to four-times stronger, ensuring more accurate contaminant detection. Both the InspireX R50SB 200 and the InspireX R50S 400 AFD can detect many different contaminants such as stainless steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, mineral stones, and high-density plastics and rubbers.

The advanced x-ray technology can automatically synchronise the x-ray scan speed with the production line belt speed, keeping a one-to-one image ratio. No manual adjustments are required, ensuring maximum uptime of the production line.

Several features serve to reduce total cost of ownership, including low maintenance costs, ability to quickly accommodate product changeovers and elimination of the need for water cooling. The x-ray systems are user-friendly and easily integrated into existing production lines, reducing the need for lengthy training.

Contact Mettler-Toledo on tel 0116 235 7070 or visit

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Title Annotation:Packaging
Publication:Food Trade Review
Date:Feb 1, 2010
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