Eagle's new X-ray machine designed for poultry market
Eagle Product Inspection (eaglepi.com) has launched a system designed specifically for the poultry industry – the features and benefits incorporated in the design of the RMI 400 cannot fail to make waves where poultry production is concerned.
“At Eagle, we work in partnership with our customers to ensure product inspection systems match production needs entirely, while helping to facilitate compliance with global food safety and retailer standards. The brand new RMI 400 is a prime example of how we as a company have analyzed the pain points within an industry and responded with an advanced solution to meet those challenges. This new system is tailor-made for its environment. From its sanitary construction, designed to comply with NAMI standards, to its advanced X-ray inspection technology – processors will see a multitude of benefits after installation," says Kyle Thomas, strategic business unit manager at Eagle.
One of the major challenges poultry processors face is hygiene and cleaning. Traditional X-ray systems employ protective curtains to ensure radiation emissions are kept to a safe level. These curtains come in contact with the product being processed, making maintaining good hygiene a challenge while causing sanitation routines to become longer and more complex. A new conveyor system was designed to incline at a gradual angle on the infeed and discharge of the RMI 400, allowing for a curtain-less tunnel to be created. This prevents the pathway of radiation from the machine from an operator safety perspective and means that only the conveyor belt will make contact with the product – a huge plus point from a cleaning and hygiene perspective.
The RMI 400 has been designed using NAMI construction standards and complies with IP69 ingress protection standards. Unobstructed sightlines, open and contoured surfaces minimize potential material harborage areas while ensuring fast and convenient visual inspection. The entire machine can be disassembled by a single person in a matter of minutes for thorough sanitation and quick reassembly to maximize production uptime.
In addition, the RMI 400 is safe to own and operate as it is designed to safe electrical and mechanical machine standards for Category 3 (EN954), PLd (EN13849) operation. A hazard based risk assessment compliant with ISO 12100:2010 is also available. This attention to detail and safety documentation is vital, as it means that processors do not have to gain them independently, saving considerable time and effort.