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ProPak Asia 2015 Bangkok 17 – 20 JuneEagle showcases food safety inspection systemsDesigned for manufacturers to alleviate the increasing complexity of food safety, Eagle Product Inspection (Eagle) showcased five of its product inspection innovations at ProPak Asia 2015, Bangkok, Thailand, which is being held from 17 to 20 June. With food producers facing tighter controls on safety and quality, product inspection systems are now more topical than ever as they help ensure food products contain no physical contaminants, a requirement for exports.

Eagle Pack 430 PRO is designed for inspection of mid-sized packaged products and is capable of high-speed imaging up to 120 metres a minuteThere was a demonstration of the Eagle Tall PRO XSDV, a dual view X-ray inspection system for packaged products complete with a special reject function. The technology offers superior sensitivity, capable of detecting contaminants up to 50% smaller than traditional machines. With a single X-ray generator, the PRO XSDV produces two beams, enabling the inspection of different sides of each pack as it passes through the search head, maximizing detection rates.

The PRO XSDV features a slim-line profile with a small footprint that is ideal for food production facilities with limited factory floor space. It is suitable for the inspection of tall rigid containers, including milk, drinking yogurts, bottles, jars, food cans or food pouches. The system also checks fill levels, facilitating portion control for enhanced production line efficiency.

The Eagle Pack 430 PRO which offers manufacturers an X-ray inspection solution specific for mid-sized packages and products was also on display at ProPak Asia. With many standard features to simplify material handling, the technology allows for fast and comprehensive product inspection and uncomplicated maintenance. The Pack 430 PRO is enhanced with the newly optimized Material Discrimination X-ray (MDX), a dual energy technology which uses the chemical composition (atomic number) of a material to discriminate between physical contaminants and the original product. This means that contaminants that have been almost impossible to detect, such as shards of glass, low-density plastics, rubber, stones and calcified bones, within multi-textured products like bags of salad, mixed fruit and nut snacks with varied densities, can now be identified and removed. This added level of detection can help avoid costly product recalls and help ensure the safety of consumers. MDX can also be integrated to enhance contaminant detection on other Eagle X-ray inspection systems.

As Asia becomes the largest market for flexible packaging, there was much interest at ProPak Asia for inspection solutions that cater for mid-sized packaging products. The Pack 430 PRO is suitable for standard poly-wrapped products, as well as low-density foil or metallized film used in plastic containers, cartons, boxes and pouches. The system includes the Eagle SimulTask software, which allows on-screen self-diagnostics, full multi-lane and multi-view capability and dynamic belt speed adjustments.