Inspection Systems

At TDI Packsys, we know how vital product safety is to the success of your business. That’s why we deliver the most sensitive inspection systems in the industry. With our focus on the newest technology, coupled with our unmatched service and support, we are able to offer the highest performing inspection systems on the market.

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We know how vital product safety is to the success of your business. Your customers rely on you to provide consistent, quality products, and we take that responsibility as seriously as you do. That’s why we deliver the most sensitive inspection systems in the industry. With our focus on the newest technology, coupled with our unmatched service and support, we are able to offer the highest performing inspection systems on the market. Whether it be foreign material detection, weight verification, or product integrity confirmation, we have an inspection system for the job.

Inline inspection systems play a key role in any manufacturing process as they conduct the most important quality and safety checks of your product automatically and with the highest degree of confidence. Contaminated or low quality products can lead to complaints, lost business, and even lawsuits which damage the reputation of your brand. At TDI Packsys, our advanced technology fully automates these key control points, allowing your process to run smoothly and at the speeds you need.

With inspection equipment for every phase of production, TDI packsys helps companies stay running, protect their customers and therefore their brand, and have full confidence that their product quality will continue to exceed all expectations.

Applications

Inspection systems from TDI Packsys cover the entire scope of ensuring product quality. Our metal detectors, color sorters, and x-rays inspect product for foreign materials, while our vision systems confirm proper packaging and product integrity. All TDI Packsys inspection systems are specifically designed for use in production environments, and can be customized to ensure the system you receive meets all of your specific needs. When it comes to removing unacceptable products from your line, we are proud to offer best-in-class rejection, separation, and orientation systems that pair with our inline inspection equipment to provide seamless, fully-automated inspection to minimize downtime and keep your process running.

FAQs

The use of x-ray inspection is incredibly safe. Ambient x-ray emissions are less than 1 microsievert per hour, well below FDA standards. Both software and hardware are equipped with extensive safeguards, which constantly inspect the machine’s state, and prevent accidental emissions caused by operator error or system malfunction. For example, if the operator accidentally opens an access panel during operation, x-ray generation is stopped immediately. All TDI Packsys x-rays are FDA certified, and are compliant with all UK, EU and FDA regulations to ensure safe use. Radiation from TDI Packsys x-rays is produced by an electronic generator, rather than a radioactive material, which means there is no radiation being produced when the system is not running. During operation, radiation levels produced are incredibly low, and our intelligent body design and use of protective curtains in the product tunnel keep radiation to less than 1/5th the FDA allowable limit. Products inspected by x-ray systems remained unaltered after inspection, and are 100% safe for use or consumption. With the numerous safety features and redundancies, operating an x-ray inspection system is 100% safe for both people and products.

X-ray inspection systems work by producing beams of high frequency electromagnetic radiation (x-rays) in a generator. These beams are then directed at a desired target, which will absorb some of the rays while allowing others to pass through. On the opposite side of the target from the generator sits a detector which then reads the EM waves that make it through the target.

The higher the density/larger the size of the product, the less radiation will pass through. The result is an image produced by the detector which details the high and low density areas throughout the target. This is the same principle seen when making shadow puppets on a wall. Some light is blocked by the puppet, and the resulting shadow gives detail on the shape of the puppet. With x-rays, that detail is also internal.

The main difference between metal detectors and x-ray inspection systems is in the methodology of how each machine inspects for foreign materials. Metal detection relies on conductivity to locate stainless, ferrous and non-ferrous metals in product, while x-ray uses density differences between the product and foreign bodies to perform inspection. X-ray technology allows for a far greater range of foreign materials to be detected, including metal, glass, stone, bone, rubber, gasket (both metal detectable and non-metal detectable), plastic, and various other mid and high-density items. As a general rule of thumb, x-ray inspection systems are able to detect contaminants at a much smaller size than metal detectors.

Some products are limited by their composition and packaging with which inspection systems can be used. Products with metallic packaging, such as those with metallized foil, cannot be accurately inspected with a metal detector, and require the use of an x-ray system. The best way to determine which option is best for your application is to receive a consultation or free, no-obligation validation testing. We can test your exact product on a variety of different systems using certified test cards, or foreign material samples you provide, to offer you a formal report on the capabilities and expected performance of each type of technology. At TDI Packsys, we believe validation testing on your specific products is an integral step in choosing the right system for your needs.

No PPE is required to be worn while operating x-ray inspection systems from TDI Packsys. The use of lead lining and protective curtains in the x-ray mitigates radiation from the generator, allowing only a fraction of the radiation used in inspection to exit the system. The FDA regulates these systems, and has set a standard of 5 μSv/hour as the safe level of radiation. X-ray systems from TDI Packsys emit doses of less than 1 μSv an hour, well below the FDA allowable limit. Every day, we are exposed to background radiation naturally produced by the sun and various environmental factors. Each year, the average person is exposed to 2,400 μSv of this background radiation, a higher dose than you would get standing next to an active x-ray inspection system for more than 3 months straight.

Food products inspected by x-ray remain unchanged. Because the radiation used in x-ray inspection systems is comparatively low to the natural background radiation found in every setting, there is no change to the nature of the product during x-ray inspection. There is also no possibility of the product itself becoming radioactive. The process by which stable compounds become radioactive is known as activation, and can only be caused by neutron radiation, a specific type of radiation that isn’t used for x-ray inspection. The type of radiation used by x-ray inspection systems is actually a type of light, with a wavelength longer than the visible light we are able to see. Because of this, exposure to the x-rays inside an inspection system is similar to taking a photo with the flash on: the product is quickly illuminated, but remains completely the same once the exposure is finished.
X-ray systems from TDI Packsys are able to detect a range of materials in clean products, including stainless steel, ferrous metal, nonferrous metal, glass, ceramic, stones, bone, rubber, gasket (both metal detectable and non), plastics, and some organic materials. The exact size and range of materials able to be detected by x-ray varies by product type and specific process, and our formal no-obligation validation test is the best way to determine what is possible for your products. TDI Packsys consistently detects materials and sizes that other vendors cannot. For more information on what can be detected in your process, contact us for a free consultation or a validation test.

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