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Advances improve automated package inspection
Examples of new noncontact inspection options include MT’s energy- and space-saving X36 x-ray inspection system (left) and DIR technologies’ I2VS system that uses thermal imaging (right) for online induction-seal inspection.

Advances improve automated package inspection

Packagers need to stay on the lookout for new packaging machinery technologies across many segments, but few are as crucial as inspection systems that can ensure packaged product integrity, quality and safety. We present examples of two recent developments within this packaging machinery segment that will be found at the first-ever Pack Expo East exhibition running Feb. 16-18 in Philadelphia.

Smaller is better: One of the newest systems from inspection specialist Mettler Toledo is the X36 x-ray inspection system, which uses more sensitive x-ray detectors to enable complete inspections with lower power X-ray generators. This reduction in power and cooling requirements results in a more compact system that can better fit into tight spaces on production lines.

Also on display is MT’s Profile Advantage, a new and unique advanced metal-detection system engineered to inspect high-moisture objects including foods such as meats and cheeses.

Pack Expo East Booth #1002

Higher-accuracy seal inspection: DIR Technologies’ breakthrough Induction Integrity Verification System (I2VS) leverages premium thermal imaging to provide high-speed, noncontact induction sealing integrity analysis through bottle caps. The vendor also has developed the Sachet Full Monitoring System (SFM) to provide 100% in-line inspection of sachets and pouches. The SFM is offered integrated in Mediseal systems. The DIR systems are either in use or in trials on packaging lines for several leading pharmaceutical packaging companies.

Originally developed for military defense systems, the technique is being implemented successfully for pharmaceutical packaging operations. Bob Hartwig will lecture on the technology at Pack Expo East on Tues., Feb. 17 from 11:00AM-12:00 noon. 

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