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Dual-lane system inspects two streams of food products

By Ahmed ElAmin , 10-Mar-2006

A dual lane x-ray system allows two streams of different food products to be inspected simultaneously on one machine.

Applied Sorting Technologies said its XR-3000P x-ray inspection system saves on costs both in purchasing and in the plant.

"As well as providing two machines for not much more than the price of one, the new system is expected to create substantial savings in the cost of ancillary materials handling facilities and in saving valuable floor space compared to installing two separate machines," the Australian-based company stated.

Each lane or channel can to be operated with different detection parameter settings, enabling two different types of products to be inspected at the same time.

Defective products can be rejected on the basis of contaminants like glass, stones, metal, plastics etc, or because of under-fill or missing ingredients.

The new system is interchangeable between a dual or single channel configuration.

In the dual channel setup it can inspect two streams of products up to 150mm wide. In single channel mode it can inspect products up to 300mm wide.

The single belt can be varied in speed between 5m and 60m per minute.

A variety of reject product deflector options are available to suit different kinds of products and operating conditions, the company stated.

Each Applied Sorting X-Ray Inspection System is built in Australia according to individual customer orders. The company said this allows it to offer preferred brand choices in components like switch gears, drive motors and gear boxes.

The machine can inspect frozen foods, bakery products, smallgoods, confectionery, dips and powdered food products, including cake mixes, sauces and beverages.

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