If your business can’t afford foreign contaminants in your products, then the chances are high that you need an X-ray product inspection machine.
Predominantly, the food processing, pharmaceutical and packaging industries rely on these high-tech, yet surprisingly affordable, machines to detect potentially harmful foreign contaminants along the production lines. But they are also essential equipment for businesses in many other industries that require the detection of foreign materials — ranging from metallic contaminants, to all types of metals, bones, ceramics, concrete, glass, stones, and many more.
There are many reasons why contaminants get into the production process. Very often, there are multiple locations along the line where contamination may occur, and it’s imperative that these contaminants are identified and removed safely and quickly. Essentially, where there’s a risk of foreign contaminants in any product, there’s a need for an X-ray inspection system.
Here are some of the reasons why your business needs an X-ray inspection system.
- Improves quality control
X-ray inspection is the most complete inspection system available. Businesses can utilise the technology to detect many different contaminants and process faults with pin-point accuracy, thus ensuring they operate to the highest possible quality control standards. These systems also help with regulatory compliance.
- Reduces risk of customer complaints
Accurate detection of physical contaminants will significantly reduce — if not eliminate — the risk of customer complaints.
- Avoids recalls
Product recalls can be extremely costly, not only in terms of the actual cost of the recall, but attendant costs such as legal fees, advertising, financial settlements and so on as well, as less tangible penalties such as erosion of brand value and loss of customer goodwill.
- Minimises opportunity for brand erosion
An investment in an X-ray inspection machine is an investment in brand value. By ensuring the highest possible quality controls, businesses can safeguard their brand and nullify the risk of reputational damage arising from negative publicity around a contamination issue.
Many machines are fully customisable to meet a customer’s specific needs. What’s more, the equipment is easy to re-tool and recalibrate to handle new products, which means reduced standstill times and increased productivity.
- Data is recorded
If any contaminant is found, the whole control process is fully documented so that the data can be evaluated and analysed.
- Versatile and easy to use
Technological advances have enabled greater automation of these X-ray inspection systems. Operators no longer require expert knowledge and lengthy training, plus the equipment is largely automatic, thereby enabling faster throughput rates.
You may also find this blog comparing metal detection and X-ray inspection informative, as well as this on 5 types of inspection equipment every manufacturer should know, and see here for a best practice guide to inspection systems.
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Written by AccuPak, suppliers of an extensive range of product and food-inspection equipment across Australia.