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Dylog targets detection of similar density contaminants

By Joseph James Whitworth

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Alessandro Caudana beside the Dynamite XFAN machine
Alessandro Caudana beside the Dynamite XFAN machine

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Dylog has launched an X-ray machine to detect low density products at Emballage 2014, in Paris.

Hi-Tech Detection Systems (HTDS) is the exclusive representative of Dylog equipment in France and North Africa French speaking regions.

Dylog is a software and technology provider headquartered in Turin, Italy.

Similar density detection

The Dynamite XFAN machine is equipped with a multi-energy detector that enables it to detect contaminants that have similar density of the products such as bones, aluminium and plastic.

Alessandro Caudana, sales at Dylog, told FoodProductionDaily.com that normally the x-ray producer cannot detect some of these types of contaminants that are common ones on the market.

“At the beginning of the project it was decided for the meat industry as it was for fat analysis to discriminate the percentages of the fat inside the meat. Then we move to contaminant detection and so we are open to every producer," ​he said.

“We have technical specifications of course to respect and these are the height of the product, the weight of the product and the speed of the line.”

The maximum product width is 600mm by 150mm and the maximum speed of the line is 40 metres per minute but Caudana said further machines will be developed in the future.

Temperature ranges from 8 to 30 degrees Celsius and it is IP 65-rated.

Caudana said interest is high due to the contaminants that are inspected and detected.

“Most of the customers are afraid because contaminants with very low density are not always detected so when you are a producer of chicken, the chicken bones normally, it is difficult to detect and the target is to detect them with this machine," ​he said.

“I think that for the moment the bigger interest in the machine is due to the meat and bones detection, the speed of the line not so much and the height of products of five or six centimetres, we have 15 centimetres, so it is perfect for us.”

MultiX role

The machine features a multi-energy spectrometric data acquisition system (DAS) called the ME100 from MultiX.

The ME100 DAS allows improvements in differentiation and categorization between materials such as fat, salt, sugar or lean elements in meat processing.

MultiX said this is possible due to the high resolution attenuation spectra from the ME100 DAS with its 256 points of energy measured between 20 keV and 160 keV to discriminate materials compared with conventional single or dual energy DAS systems. 

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