Global precision instruments and services provider Mettler-Toledo CI-Vision has introduced new inspection series for the producers of large and small packaged fresh food products.
The new CLS Series vision inspection technology consists of three machine sizes, which have been developed for the food industry to inspect labelling of packs of different widths and heights.
The machines will inspect the correct best-before date, lot number and barcode of the packed foods.
Technologies in the series have designs optimised for harsh operating conditions and are suitable for flat-packed fresh food products.
According to the company, the technology passes through the processing line, tracks lot number of each product and ensures due diligence through traceability throughout the supply chain.
Available in 200mm, 300mm and 400mm widths, the CLS Series can also be connected to checkweighing systems and other product inspection equipment.
The available cameras would adjust position automatically in order to aid the set up of each system to examine products ranging from 10mm to 200mm in height, which increases flexibility for fresh food producers.
The series, which features a hygienic open construction with sloping surfaces and tubular framework, also consists of CIVCore Software that enables it to analyse high resolution images at a speed of 250 packs per minute, allowing the inspection of every pack.
Mettler-Toledo CI-Vision European market manager Dr Richard Reisbig said the food producers turn to vision inspection technology to meet the requirements of retailers and consumers with respect to quality for the packaging and labelling of their food products.
"The CLS Series technology has been designed with the fresh food industry in mind, with attention paid not only to ensuring the systems are robust and easy to clean, but also flexible, enabling manufacturers to respond quickly to changes in market demand," Reisbig said.
Image: The CLS Series will inspect the correct best-before date, lot number and barcode of packaged food; Photo: Courtesy of Edward Betts