Food manufacturers can use the improved NextGuard system to inspect for missing pieces and under/over fills in addition to detecting less-dense contaminants including glass or rocks in complex, textured products such as nuts.
Launched in 2013 as an affordable foreign object detection system for a wide variety of food applications, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s NextGuard system now inspects packaged products for flaws such as missing pieces or components using new, easily customizable vision software.
Some other highlights:
- Product verification option allows users to execute a wide range of size, position and count inspections;
- Users can quickly select a range of image processing and analysis algorithms via pull-down menu;
- User-customizable software for a wide range of size, shape, angle, count and position-based inspections can be done in minutes rather than weeks required for custom software;
- Optional mass estimation software estimates weight and detect under/over filled products;
- Configurable for dual rejection to separate contaminated products from other quality errors to assist quick corrective actions.
The enhanced NextGuard also features a standard system processor that is 6X faster; also, an optional 0.4mm-pixel detector offers 3.2X better resolution for lightweight, homogeneous products such as powders or cheese.