New Ishida X-ray offers ‘enhanced sensitivity’ for difficult to spot foreign bodies

ISHIDA Europe has announced it is launching its next generation IX-G2 dual energy X-ray inspection system, described as offering ‘significantly enhanced sensitivities’ for the detection of low-density and difficult to spot foreign bodies such as bone.

The machine incorporates a new line sensor that provides an X-ray image through an ‘enhanced’ signal to noise ratio, which Ishida explained has increased the ability to detect bone fragments by a factor of four compared with previous X-ray models.

This, the manufacturer added, increases the ability of the system to identify contaminants, in particular when handling thicker and denser products such as chicken fillets, chicken breasts and a wide range of poultry products where they can often be overlapped or presented with uneven surfaces.

The IX-G2-F is supported by Ishida’s self-learning Genetic Algorithm (GA) technology, which is said to focus the X-ray machine to identify difficult to detect contaminants with a high degree of accuracy, even at high throughput rates, using image data analysis over a number of trial runs.

Ishida’s dual energy technology incorporates two line sensors, one which takes images at high energy and one at low energy. These are then compared to provide a better overall image of the product with a clearer contrast between the product and any low-density foreign bodies.

“The next generation IX-G2-F X-ray inspection system offers unrivalled performance and with its improved line sensor and software capabilities it has already delivered significant benefits on production lines,” said Sibtain Naqvi, Ishida Europe’s X-ray product manager. “The enhanced sensitivity provides poultry processors with even greater reassurance that their high product quality standards are being maintained, and by minimising the number of false rejects, production can be maximised. We believe our IX-G2-F models represent another major advance in our X-ray inspection portfolio.”