July 30, 2007
X-Ray Inspection System Offers Accuracy on the Double

InspX LLC has announced it will introduce its new ScanTrac DUO container inspection system Oct. 15-17 at Pack Expo Las Vegas (Booth #C-2902. This patent-pending x-ray system uses two x-ray beams to achieve dual detection for maximum inspection accuracy and superior product quality. The ScanTrac DUO ensures inspection coverage on the bottom of glass bottles and jars that might be partially obscured from a single-beam inspection.

ScanTrac DUO inspects packaged products for foreign material contamination while also detecting packaging imperfections and underfills.  Dual detection is ideal for products packed in glass bottles and jars since 95 percent of these containers feature a push-up bottom that creates a “shadow” that makes detection of contaminants resting on the bottom of the container difficult to identify with just one x-ray beam.  By using two x-ray beams, the dual detection approach inspects two views simultaneously in one system, which greatly increases detection accuracy to significantly improve product quality.

ScanTrac DUO provides real-time, non-contact inspection, detecting and automatically rejecting out-of-tolerance products from the production line. Using low-energy x-ray and sophisticated image processing software, ScanTrac DUO detects the smallest contaminants, the company claims. Complementing this high sensitivity, the manufacturer adds, the ScanTrac DUO has a false reject rate of less than 1 in 10,000.

InspX’s ScanTrac DUO reliably detects product contamination at conveyor speeds of up to 700 feet per minute, inspecting as many as 1400 containers per minute, according to the company. Handling products up to eight inches in diameter and 16 inches in height, with a 12-inch inspection height, the compact ScanTrac DUO requires only eight linear feet of conveyors space. This side-view x-ray system can be mounted over an existing conveyor, which eliminates costly plant modifications.

The system offers adjustable x-ray energy levels to accommodate a range of products. Container diameter changes can be made in only two minutes, with no tools and no change parts required. Same-diameter product changeovers can be handled in seconds via pre-programmed product recipes. The system features a multi-lingual user interface, built-in diagnostics, auto-calibration and remote monitoring.

ScanTrac DUO meets all U.S. and European standards for x-ray inspection systems. It is CE mark-certified and features a NEMA 4X / IP65 enclosure that allows operation in washdown areas.