X-ray product inspection machines have evolved greatly over the years. Modern x-ray machines can detect a wide range of contaminants based on their density or chemical makeup. Additionally, x-ray inspection machines can check package weight, seals and fill level to make sure the package is ready for distribution.
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Odds are that if you work in the food industry, you’ve heard of x-ray product inspection technology before. This technology has been used to help increase food safety and quality since the early 90s.
For any product inspection system, it’s important to spot and eliminate contaminants. However, there’s far more that goes into quality control than just preventing contamination—especially in meat production.
Meat producers have a dire need for accurate fat analysis in their meat products. The problem is that traditional testing solutions such as core sampling can easily suffer from sample bias.
For raw meat products, carefully managing chemical lean (CL) values is a huge concern—especially when you’re trying to create a consistent prepackaged product. For some recipes, a difference of 5% in the fat-to-lean ratio can significantly alter the flavor and overall quality of the end product.
X-ray product inspection technology has advanced considerably since its initial inception. With the invention of dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) technology, the capabilities of x-ray technology were greatly expanded. No longer were x-ray systems reliant on just a grayscale snapshot of product contents—they could analyze materials by their chemical composition.
Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) technology is one of the best product inspection technologies for the meat production industry. This is a revolutionary technology that every raw meat producer should have on their production line.
X-ray inspection is one of the best technologies for ensuring food safety and quality on the market. This versatile technology can detect not only foreign contaminants, it can also check for:
In a recent post, we discussed how Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) technology worked to provide a fast, accurate measurement of the chemical lean measurement of meat in the factory production line. Using two separate x-ray emitters, DEXA scanners can check meat as it’s passing through the line and easily provide a chemical lean value from which the fat content of the meat can be derived. In addition, the X-ray system can provide moisture, protein and weight value as well as inspect for foreign bodies such as metal, bone, glass, etc.
Measuring chemical lean (CL) and general fat content is one of the most necessary quality inspection processes of today’s meat manufacturers. Innovative dual energy X-Ray absorptiometry (DEXA) technologies have revolutionized how manufacturers handle these processes, and perform their fat analysis and inspection tasks.