Mettler-Toledo introduces X2 Series of x-ray solutions

METTLER-Toledo Product Inspection has announced the launch of the X2 Series of x-ray systems.

With two systems currently in the range, the manufacturer said x-ray inspection is now accessible for all budgets.

The X2 Series is designed to prevent product recalls with ‘outstanding’ contamination detection capabilities that go beyond just metal. The technology inspects a range of materials including glass, metal, mineral stone, calcified bone, dense plastic and rubber compounds whilst simultaneously completing a number of quality control and integrity checks.

ContamPlus software is an inspection process which scans for every kind of contaminant. Mettler-Toledo explained the automatic set-up detects the ‘most hard-to-find’ foreign bodies and rejects only the contaminated products.

At the heart of the design is a new inspection chamber and modular mechanical design which allows full frontal access to all the most common operations.

Mettler-Toledo added that food manufacturers can reduce cleaning output and maintenance routines as well as the need for complex operator training with the X2 Series’ front-opening design. The conveyor belt can be removed ‘swiftly’ and without tools by releasing the tension with the handle situated on the infeed roller. The ‘lead-free, low friction’ curtains also allow ‘smooth’ product transition through the machine, with the presence of curtains constantly monitored to help keep the operator safe, the firm revealed.

The multi-fit reject device option is said to be suitable for most common applications, with other options available on request.

With the X2 Series, manufacturers can comply with industry standards and regulations through ProdX, a data management software, which provides traceability through an audit trail and recorded image database. A review of contaminated products is also managed with the new stainless steel reject bin, which collects sub-standard products to avoid production line contamination, allowing manufacturers to review the product and its contamination.

Manufactured in Europe, the X2 Series consists of two models: the X12 and X32. Both are available in multiple line configurations 800, 1300, 1800 and 2000 mm line lengths.

The X12 is a single-lane x-ray inspection system, featuring the HiGain detector, which generates sharper images. The X32 offers ‘enhanced’ sensitivity and product integrity performance. This version features the HiGain+ detector and is available in standard and custom configurations, with single or multi-lane capabilities.

“We are hoping to change the mindsets of all food manufacturers with our new X2 Series that they can now install a high-end x-ray inspection solution at an affordable price point for all,” said Mike Pipe, head of global sales & product management, Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray. “By utilising global service hubs and reducing spare parts, we are confident we have created an innovative solution that is easy to install, environmentally more sustainable and suitable for any budget.”