By Food and Beverages | Tuesday, August 13, 2019
To ensure the conformity of the packaged food, there are many technologies. With combination of these systems, not only can the compliance to standards be maintained, but also the loss due to un-safe food production can be avoided.
FREMONT, CA: Conformity has numerable layers, of which many are discussed below. Some entail the verification of both product and Food package, to check whether it is free of defects and if it is perfectly presented at the point of consumption. The effects of non-conformity can be intensive, primarily if it is caused due to contamination from a foreign body. The non-conformity may create serious health implications for an individual and the business concerned. It may result in product recall, financial penalty, criminal prosecution, or even closure of the company. Advanced inspection technology can perform multiple integrity checks one after another to prove product conformity. For detailed verification, the combination of different techniques in a single machine can provide much more productivity and efficiency savings:
Product and Packaging Integrity:
X-ray inspection technology can scan for the missing items contained or carried by the primary or secondary package. In primary packaging, the system may include counting sausages to cross-verify the correct amount that should be contained in a pack. The checking for promotional giveaways in the cereal packets and identifying the presence of a measuring spoon in infant formula containers is done too. Within the secondary packaging, x-ray systems that are installed at the end of the production line checks if each box contains the exact number of primary packages. A scanned x-ray image of each pack, even within multipacks, will reveal any shortages or excess products.
The X-ray gross mass measurement system measures the overall weight of each pack and will reject any packets that do not conform to the specified weight range. In-line check-weighers ensure that each package is accurately weighed based on the pre-determined content weight of each compartment. This mechanism enables the manufacturer to investigate the filling deviations within the processing stage. As an option, the check-weigher can also be installed to control upstream filling machines.
The vision technology enables the producers to inspect the positioning and content of the labels at a high rate of production speeds and verifies that the right label is attributed to the correct package. It examines all label information to verify consumer safety, and compliance with the regulation for labeling, irrespective of variable print applications. The recent innovations can even test the accuracy and quality of inkjet dot printing and provide an additional level of quality control. The latest changes in the product inspection technology utilize x-ray systems to check for dents or damages made to the package. The advanced vision inspection can verify the guidelines in branding that needs to be upheld and that all relevant information of the ingredients is correctly displayed.