A new perspective on product inspection for food and beverage industry
Incidents requiring the recall of a product in the food and beverage industry are increasing year on year. Recent figures taken from USDA and FDA data in the US, for example, have suggested an increase from 2015-16 of 22%, with many incidents attributed physical contamination. In order to combat these occurrences, manufacturers are increasingly turning to advanced product inspection systems from Eagle, where complex algorithms are used to scrutinize and interrogate x-ray images to ensure products containing physical contaminants or that do not measure up to the required quality standard are rejected from the line before they reach the retail supply chain.
As the leading expert for in-line product inspection and fat analysis, Eagle Product Inspection (eaglepi.com) has worked closely with its customers to redefine the way in which products are inspected through solutions that offer a broader focus. This enables the company to develop systems which help relieve many of the pain points encountered by todays manufacturers, including minimizing the risk of microbiological contamination such as listeria using industry proven sanitary design principles to eliminate harborage areas and difficult to clean spaces. Further integration of best in class contaminant and bone detection technology, combined with other quality oriented inspection routines with robust machine construction, ensures years of highly productive and reliable inspection performance.
Kyle Thomas, strategic business unit manager at Eagle, comments: “Eagle has experts on hand at Pack Expo Las Vegas and Process Expo 2017 to discuss customers’ needs and requirements across a wide range of applications. Visitors to our booths will learn how Eagle systems with advanced inspection image processing software are designed from the ground up to be placed into specific environments. Every care is taken in the design of the machine to facilitate effective sanitation routines that reduce the threat of microbiological contamination, at the same time delivering high performance inspection for physical contaminants. Eagle continues to focus its efforts on creating considerable advantages for its customers, both in terms of product safety and profitability, and as a result is able to offer solutions that combine brand and consumer protection with the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry.”
At Pack Expo, Eagle has the Pack 400 HC on-stand, an x-ray inspection system designed for easy and efficient cleaning in the harsh wash-down environments for packaged meat, poultry, dairy, and IQF product applications, and also the Tall PRO XSDV, an advanced system providing 100% inspection for contaminants in rigid containers such as cans, bottles and jars using high performance dual view x-ray technology. At Process Expo the Pack 400 HC is also on display, in addition to the Eagle FA3/M fat analysis system which provides inline fat measurement and contaminant detection for fresh, chilled, frozen and hot-boned loose bulk, frozen or tempered (“naked”) meat blocks and unwrapped meat conveyed in plastic crates.
Eagle, through its comprehensive range of advanced in-line solutions, is redefining the processes of product inspection and fat analysis, allowing its customers to meet and exceed the highest safety standards and to focus on their businesses with 100% confidence in the technology deployed on their lines. To see these pioneering systems in action first-hand, visit booth #S-6386 at Pack Expo Las Vegas or booth #514 at Process Expo in Chicago.