Thermo Fisher Scientific launches X-ray detection system to meet growing food safety demand

Thermo Fisher Scientific unveils X-ray detection system
Thermo Fisher Scientific unveils X-ray detection system

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Thermo Fisher Scientific has launched an X-ray detection platform, designed to enable food processors to meet global demand for thorough inspection for product contamination.

The Thermo Scientific NextGuard system, combines performance, simplicity-of-use and price point—to make X-ray product detection more affordable for food, pharmaceutical and other applications.

The series’ first model, the NextGuard C330, is designed for packaged product contaminant detection and complements the mid- and high-end Xpert and POWERx X-ray inspection systems.

Machine features

It contains multiple contaminant detection algorithms to increase detection probability, the ability to modify, test and change detection parameters on the fly and quality assurance check mode, automating operator audits and record keeping.

Based on Thermo Fisher testing, the NextGuard offers up to 50% better detection sensitivity than their previous value-based X-ray system, the EZx.

“Based on customer feedback, we’ve found that, traditionally, the total cost of ownership for X-ray systems has been too high for many companies to justify this technology​,” said Bob Ries, lead product manager, metal detection and X-ray inspection, Thermo Fisher.

“This feedback is also telling us that our robust, affordable, easy-to-use X-ray system is going to be the catalyst that will alter the product inspection landscape.”

The machine also features wraparound detector intended to reduce “blind spots”, removable conveyor facilitating cleaning and service and detector diagnostics that warn when preventative maintenance is needed.

Changing landscape

NextGuard’s performance-oriented features also have been driven by a changing industry landscape, said the firm.  

“X-ray detection addresses a number of customer concerns, including evolving HACCP standards and requirements from some retailers for X-ray inspected product​,” Ries said.

“Additionally, we are seeing an increased use of metalized film packaging, which is problematic for metal detectors.  

“On the product side, many wet or semi-frozen foods also do not lend themselves to metal detection due to product affect issues.  Examples include cheese, ice cream, bakery products and others,” ​he added.

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