A new x-ray inspection system has been released by Eagle Product Inspection to specifically address challenges for the dairy industry.

The Eagle Pack 400 HC is a hygienic x-ray system designed to meet 3A dairy standards, Eagle regional sales manager Dave Lemanski says. It is ideal for harsh washdown environments and can inspect 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. 

“The system 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.”

The multifunctional system 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.

For Lemanski, it means Eagle can give customers the percentage of accuracy for the weight of their product, "it’s real money they are giving away”.  A dairy company could be underfilling or overfilling a canister, for example, for Lemanski, there is value in preventing that.

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