Eagle Product Inspection, a provider of x-ray and fat measurement technology, has introduced five new product inspection solutions in order to ensure product quality and safety, and optimise manufacturing efficiency.
The new x-ray inspection machines are suitable for numerous packaging options such as rigid containers, carton and crate applications, while the inline fat measurement solutions are for high-volume packaged or unpackaged meat products.
Eagle's FA3/C measures the lean and fat values of raw meat such as beef, pork or lamb contained in sealed cartons, vacuum sealed packs, or open crates, and provides protein and moisture calculations.
This machine uses Upshot compact x-ray imaging geometry for improved precision, which provides unparalleled contaminant detection and weight measurement.
The FA3/C also features a Product Switch function that scans the package's bar code by automatically adjusting inspection parameters while the production line is operational.
Meanwhile, the FA3/B system calculates fat, protein and moisture values of loose bulk flow or frozen blocks of unpackaged meat.
The Eagle RMI3/B has been designed for the inspection of unpackaged bulk meat products including raw beef, pork and lamb, while the RMI3/C is built for packaged products including cartons, vacuum sealed packs, or open crates.
Both RMI3/B and RMI3/C systems detect contaminants such as metal, glass, stone and calcified bone.
By using Material Discrimination X-ray technology with the new Eagle Easy MAT application software, the Eagle Pack 430 PRO detects and rejects a wide range of physical contaminants in products with complex density levels, such as snacks, raw fruits, salad bags, and frozen vegetables.
The Tall PRO XSDV x-ray inspection system, which uses internal shutter technology, detects contaminants in products packaged in rigid and tall containers, such as cans, bottles and jars.
Eagle Product Inspection Strategic Business Unit manager Kyle Thomas said: "In 2013, the United States Drug Administration (USDA) issued 75 recalls, of which 13% or 331,732 pounds of products contained extraneous materials.
"To help all manufacturers meet food safety standards and guarantee product quality, we have designed a number of technologies for specific product and packaging requirements. Manufacturers now producing products in rigid to metal packaging can be assured that even the smallest physical contaminants are detected. Plus, meat producers can be confident that their products contain the correct lean content and are contaminant-free."
Image: Eagle's FA3/C measures the lean and fat values of raw meat such as beef, pork or lamb contained in sealed cartons, vacuum sealed packs, or open crates. Photo: courtesy of ABI / Eagle Product Inspection.