France-based seafood packaging solutions provider Packopale has installed an Ishida X-ray inspection system to monitor frozen scallops before they enter the packing process.

Located at Boulogne-sur-Mer, Packopale packs up to 8,000 tonnes of frozen seafood annually.

The new X-ray inspection system will enable the company to detect at very low levels contaminants such as steel, aluminum, tin, glass, stone, hard rubber, plastic and bone, in addition to grit and shell. The system also includes integrated product masking and weight estimation functions.

The system’s belt passes through the IX-GA-4075 inspection chamber, and is divided into four 100mm-wide channels. At a slightly higher level, a separate 400mm-wide belt brings the product to the inspection system. A set of funnels divides it into four streams, each feeding one of the four inspection channels, as the product falls off the end of the single belt.

The system incorporates Ishida’s genetic algorithm technology, allowing the routine operator, without specialist assistance, to train the X-ray inspection system for greater detection sensitivity to specific, known contaminants.

Packopale managing director Gregory Condette said that previous experience influenced his decision to buy the Ishida IX-GA-4075.

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"My objective with this X-ray inspection system was to reassure my current customers and to take market share from the competition by offering an additional level of security," Condette added.

Image: Ishida Europe provides x-ray inspection for Packopale scallops: Photo: courtesy of Ishida Europe.