To help dairy manufacturers comply with ever-stringent regulations and their own continuous improvement goals, Eagle Product Inspection has developed a new x-ray inspection system specifically designed to overcome dairy industry challenges and provide advanced detection solutions. The Eagle Pack 400 HC is a hygienic x-ray system that was designed to meet 3A dairy standards, considered the most rigorous in the food industry.
Ideal for harsh washdown environments, the Pack 400 HC inspects dairy products packaged in plastic containers, cartons/boxes and pouches to find and reject contaminants such as glass shards, dense plastic and rubber pieces, metal fragments and mineral stone, among others. The multifunctional system also helps dairy manufacturers improve efficiency and productivity by conducting important quality checks like fill level, mass measurement and seal inspection to locate food trapped in seals, as well as cap or closure placement. Manufacturers can also utilize the system to determine if there are any voids within products like blocks of cheese.
“The Pack 400 HC can look for everything from different pieces of metals or glass that may have become embedded in the product, to discovering if a slice of cheese is broken, to finding seal integrity issues that can lead to spoilage,” says Dave Lemanski, Regional Sales Manager for Eagle Product Inspection.
The system also prevents expensive giveaway, according to Lemanski. “We can give customers the percentage of accuracy for the weight of their product. A dairy company could be underfilling or overfilling a canister, for example, so there is value in preventing that – it’s real money they are giving away,” he points out.
Easy and effective sanitation is built into the Pack 400 HC, with features like welded stainless steel plates, tool-less belt removal and interlocked hinged louvers, along with a specially designed cabinet that deflects water away from the machine to provide greater protection needed in dairy washdown settings. The system meets NAMI sanitary design standards, has an IP69 Ingress Protection rating and is built for both quick changeovers and a long machine life that can run up to two shifts a day, seven days a week.
Dairy manufacturers can enhance operational excellence by optimizing Eagle’s proprietary software, SimulTask PRO that helps to ensure compliance with food safety regulations and provides on-screen diagnostics and quality assurance traceability. The Pack 400 HC can also be equipped with TraceServer software for more complete data collection that can be easily accessed and shared.