X-ray system tackles pharma packaging

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Newly-formed joint venture InspX has launched an X-ray system that
it claims can monitor packaged products for foreign material
contamination faster than any other product on the market.

The JV has been formed by Key Technology and Peco Controls and its first product is ScanTrac 200, designed specifically for the pharmaceutical and food/beverage industries.

"ScanTrac 200 sets a new standard for X-ray systems, achieving the industry's fastest line speeds while maintaining superior detection accuracy and minimising the total cost of ownership,"​ said InspX in a statement.

The system can detect product contamination and package assembly errors at conveyor speeds of up to 700 feet per minute, inspecting as many as 2200 packaging units in the same timeframe. It can handle packages up to 7 inches wide and 12 inches high, and requires four to six linear feet of conveyor space, depending on the application.

It detects foreign objects such as metal, shards of glass, stones, bone, rubber and other dense foreign materials contaminating products packed in cartons, cans, plastic and glass. Simultaneously, the system detects product voids and underfills, as well as damaged containers, and it can also verify that package components and product composition conform to specifications, according to the firm.

ScanTrac can reject and automatically remove out-of-tolerance product from the production line and has an false reject rate of less than 1 in 10,000. Proprietary image processing software allows ScanTrac to inspect containers back-to-back, which eliminates the timing belts required by other x-ray systems.

Furthermore, the ScanTrac can be mounted over an existing conveyor, which could do away with costly plant modifications, and is suitable for use in washdown areas.

Related topics: Drug Delivery, QA/QC

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